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Today’s Super Comic — Ms. Marvel #6 (2016)

ms-marvel-6It’s only natural for teen superheroes to screw up from time to time, and in Ms. Marvel #6, Kamala screws up big time…literally big time.

Like many teenagers these days, she’s so over-committed that she’s trying to be in multiple places at once (also literally in her case). In doing so, she risks missing out on all the important things and winds up fighting a giant-sized clone of herself (maybe not so much like many teenagers).

I’m pleased to see that the series, as well as Kamala, values input from adult role models. Captain Marvel (her hero) and Iron Man (her boss in the Avengers) both show up. Their Civil War II tensions appear without much subtlety, but no knowledge of that storyline is required (I haven’t read it yet). Despite their differences, though, both adults genuinely care about Ms. Marvel … not only her career, but her personal well-being.

Such a fun series, with excellent heart at its foundation.

Writer: G. Willow Wilson

Artist: Nico Leon

Cover: David Lopez

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: recent back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in Ms. Marvel vol. 5: Super Famous (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 11 and up

Today’s Super Comic — Ms. Marvel #3 (2016)

Ms Marvel 3Renumbering hasn’t derailed the new Ms. Marvel’s quality. Writer G. Willow Wilson continues to demonstrate a superb grasp of what makes a great teen superhero book, and the result is a fun time for readers young and old.

Issue #3 raises the stakes by imperiling Kamala’s best friend through brainwashing, leading her to turn to an unexpected ally to help save him as well as the rest of Jersey City from an insidious plot. Wilson puts the focus on friendship without sacrificing any super-heroic excitement, and the approach works wonderfully. Not all of the individual pieces are wholly original, such as the teen soap opera elements or a superhero’s public perception problems, but they’re assembled expertly and at precisely the correct pace to create a consistently engaging read.

Best of all, Ms. Marvel provides an excellent role model for kids, one delightfully free of cynicism.

Writer: G. Willow Wilson

Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: recent back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in Ms. Marvel vol. 5: Super Famous (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 10 and up