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Today’s Super Comic — Ms. Marvel #10 (2007)

The Ms. Marvel series from ten years ago is largely about Carol Danvers striving to become one of Earth’s greatest superheroes. But to be her best self, she must first confront her own worst self—and do so in very comic booky ways, of course.

In #10, a Carol Danvers from a different reality has come to murder the X-Men’s Rogue. Bit of history: In Rogue’s first appearance way back when, she was a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and attacked Ms. Marvel, permanently absorbing all her powers and memories. Carol hung out with the X-Men for a while as Professor Xavier helped reassemble her memories, but she felt like a stranger in her own head. After she evolved into Binary and the X-Men took Rogue in, Carol ran away from Earth with the Starjammers (and returned at some point, obviously, though I’m not sure when).

So apparently in every reality, Rogue has ruined Carol’s life in this same way, so this alternate Carol (calling herself Warbird, which was the main Carol’s name during her alcoholic period), having failed to save her own world from obliteration, is on a mission to kill every reality’s Rogue and every Carol who has forgiven and befriended Rogue.

Yes, very comic booky. But in a good way. The situation forces the real Carol to question whether she has indeed forgiven Rogue, and it tempts her to run away again. And she has to make a decision to be a better person than she was all those years ago.

Comic booky shenanigans, when executed properly, can indeed lead to character growth.

Writer: Brian Reed

Penciler: Mike Wieringo

Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in Ms. Marvel vol. 2: Civil War (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 12 and up

Today’s Super Comic — Ms. Marvel #1 (2006)

Ms._Marvel_Vol_2_1In recent years, as Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers has become one of Marvel’s preeminent superheroes. She should have been an A-lister when she first became Ms. Marvel in the ‘70s, but writers have not always treated her character well. A supernatural pregnancy led to her leaving the Avengers, and later a pre-X-Men Rogue absorbed her powers and memories, stealing her very identity in the process.

Carol eventually reemerged as a superhero, first as Binary (not the name of an A-lister, for sure) and later as the alcoholic Warbird. By 2006, she was overdue for another shot at the Ms. Marvel title—and her own solo title—and in this series written by Brian Reed, she earns it.

The first issue acknowledges Carol’s tendency to go astray, and it establishes her determination to rectify that situation and become one of the greats.

That’s going to take time, as shown by her knee-jerk reaction of calling for the Avengers when an extraterrestrial threat appears. But she’s working at it.

As Captain Marvel today, Carol is one of the best superheroes in the Marvel Universe, as she should be. And this is where her resurgence began.

Writer: Brian Reed

Penciler: Roberto de la Torre

Inker: Jimmy Palmiotti

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in Ms. Marvel vol. 1: The Best of the Best (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 13 and up