10 Best Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel Comics To Read For The Disney+ Show
When Kamala Khan burst onto the screens in the thrilling premiere of the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel, the public had the impression of seeing something completely new. And with good reason. The superhero star of the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe show made his comic book debut less than a decade ago. But since then, she’s become one of Marvel’s most popular new characters, quickly joining the superhero pantheon since the company was founded in the late ’60s.
Created by editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson, and artists Adrian Alphona and Jamie McKelvie, Kamala first appeared in 2013. Captain Marvel #14, as a fan of the titular hero. A few months later, her superpowers manifest in her own series, Ms. Marvelwhich launched its first issue in 2014.
After being exposed to Terrigen Mists created by the Inhumans (you may remember King of the Inhumans Black Bolt from his mind-blowing cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), Kamala – an otherwise nondescript Muslim teenager from Jersey City – gains strange new powers. She can change the shape of her body, usually making her fists and feet “swell” to ward off bad guys.
Producer Bisha K. Ali and directors Adil & Bilall (bad boys for life) changed Kamala’s origin and power slightly for the show. But new star Iman Vellani brings all the infectious energy that made Ms. Marvel a hit in the comics. If the series makes you want to know more about the quirky adventures of Kamala, here are some great Ms. Marvel stories to discover.
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“Crushed” (Ms. Marvel #12-15, 2015)
In most cases, I would recommend people start with the first issue of a series, especially with a relatively new character like Kamala Khan. But because the TV series repeats so many of the comic book beats, while drastically altering its origin and power (for the better), the first five issues of Ms. Marvel can be more confusing than entertaining.
Instead, start with the third arc of her comic, which highlights Kamala’s enthusiasm even as she’s thrust into a strange new world. In “Crushed,” the new Ms. Marvel faces the usual supervillains and adventures one would expect of a superhero. As a teenager, she also has to deal with mean girls, a fractured friend group, and a prom. These two worlds collide when his prom date turns out to be Loki, the god of mischief and evil brother to Thor.
“Ms. Marvel Meets the Marvel Universe” (Ms. Marvel #6-9, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10, 2015)
As one would expect from the title, “Ms. Marvel Meets the Marvel Universe” follows the hero’s stories as her world expands from Jersey City to New York and beyond. many heroes, including Captain Marvel herself, Carol Danvers.Unlike her MCU counterpart, Captain Marvel from the comics has had several different nicknames throughout her career, including Ms. Marvel. to understand the legacy she carries and how she can better be herself.
In addition to Captain Marvel, Kamala teams up with Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, another young hero with quirky powers, and the original teenage hero himself, Spider-Man. A collaboration between several different artists and writers, Meet the Marvel Universe shows how Ms. Marvel fits into the larger comic book universe while maintaining her own unique position.
“Last Days” (Ms. Marvel #16 – 19, 2015)
Just months after becoming a superhero, Ms. Marvel must not only face the end of her career, but also the world itself. Released in conjunction with Marvel’s company-wide “Secret Wars” storyline, which saw the universe destroyed, only to be rebuilt first by Doctor Doom and then by Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, “Last Days” looks at Armageddon through the eyes of a hopeful teenager.
While not the character’s sole creator, writer G. Willow Wilson did the most notable work on Kamala, establishing her voice and personality. In “Last Days”, Wilson takes the opportunity to imagine what it would be like to be shot in his prime. But it also establishes Ms. Marvel as a true hero, someone who never stops doing good, even when the world itself is about to end.
“Game Over” (Ms. Marvel #13 – 24, 2016)
resume after Secret Wars and the creation of a new Marvel Universe, “Game Over” brings Kamala back to her familiar surroundings of Jersey City. While this smaller scale might seem like a downgrade after the reality-altering stakes of previous stories, Wilson takes the opportunity to explore the human side of Kamala.
Working with artists such as Mirka Andolfo, Takeshi Miyazawa and Francesco Gaston, “Game Over” is a quiet, introspective story that again helps ground the character. Over the course of eleven issues, Wilson and his collaborators give us insight from frivolous topics, such as Kamala’s love of video games, to larger issues, including the friction between his superheroics and his Muslim faith.
Changing the World (Champions #1-6, 2017
Because Marvel knows that popular heroes sell more comics, the company regularly puts its stars in its flagship Avengers books, even if the character doesn’t make sense to the team. So while Ms. Marvel prides herself on being among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, her most important teams occur in The Champions. The Marvel version of the DCs young justicethe Champions are a team of teenage heroes, including Spider-Man Miles Morales, Viv the Synthezoid Girl of the Vision, young Amadeus Cho as the Totally Awesome Hulk, Nova, and a time-displaced teenage version of the X- Men’s Cyclops (it’s comics, don’t ask).
Written by decidedly unteenaged Mark Waid and featuring the kinetic pencils of Humberto Ramos, The Champions ran the risk of being horribly outdated and terminally uncool. But Waid and Ramos somehow avoid all of these pitfalls, crafting an engaging and human story about young idealists who still believe they can make the world a better place.
“Damage Per Second” (Ms. Marvel #13 – 18, 2017)
Shortly after Secret WarsMs. Marvel found herself recruited by her mentor Captain Marvel to take part in Second Civil War. Few people would consider Second Civil War one of Marvel’s best stories, one that found Captain Marvel acting wildly and based on absurd beats. But in “Damage Per Second,” Wilson and Miyazawa draw some interesting tension from the otherwise forgettable crossover.
Fixed after solving Second Civil War, “Damage Per Second” finds Kamala alienated from her friends and family. What she initially interprets as abandonment quickly becomes an important teaching moment for Kamala. As she continues to fight on her own, Ms. Marvel discovers why her support system was so important and realizes that she must take responsibility for harmful actions, even if they were of good intentions.
“Teenage Wasteland” (Ms. Marvel, #25 – 30)
Set shortly after “Damage Per Second”, the “Teenage Wasteland” arc examines the themes of the previous tale from a different perspective. When Kamala disappears, several new teenagers take over the role of Ms. Marvel. This includes Red Dagger, a Jersey City superhero with a special relationship with Kamala, who is sure to make an appearance on the show.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of “Teenage Wasteland” is how it tackles Ms. Marvel’s legacy. In the same way Kamala took the name Carol Danvers and made it her own, others do the same after Kamala. Wilson, along with artists Nico Leon and Jan Herring, shows us what Kamala means to others, how she inspired the next generation of superheroes, and the lessons she has yet to learn.
“Outlaw” (Magnificent Ms. Marvel #13 – 18, 2020)
As a popular character, Kamala has been on most major corporate crossovers since her inception in 2013. But with 2020’s “Outlawed,” Ms. Marvel takes center stage. When a mission with the Champions goes horribly wrong, Kamala is horribly injured. Because no one knows her secret identity, Kamala becomes the unwitting poster boy for a movement against teenage superheroes, leading to the ratification of so-called “Kamala’s Law,” a law that makes Ms. Marvel herself. illegal.
Written by Saladin Ahmed and illustrated by Minkyu Jung, “Outlawed” poses an insoluble conflict for Kamala. Determined to do the right thing and continue her superheroic adventures as Ms. Marvel, Kamala becomes an enemy of the state who insists he’s doing everything he can to keep her safe.
“Stormranger” (Magnificent Ms. Marvel #13 – 18, 2020)
While Ms. Marvel has had a good run since its first title launched in 2014, it currently has no ongoing series. This shouldn’t be taken as a sign that Marvel has lost faith in the character. Rather, the hiatus allows the company to spotlight Kamala in a series of miniseries, preparing for a relaunch that is sure to come in the wake of the Disney+ series.
One of the final storylines before the ongoing Ms. Marvel ending, “Stormranger” encapsulates everything wonderful about the character. Ahmed teams up with artist Joey Vazquez for a manic story that pits Kamala against a horde of zombies. But beyond its goofy adventure, the story also reminds us of the book’s strong supporting cast and gripping teen drama.
Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit (2021-2022)
Multiverses have a long history in superhero storytelling, but they’ve become the new thing in superhero movies. Loki, Spider-Man: No Coming Homeand Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness all are about heroes encountering different versions of themselves, some better and some much worse. Although the Ms. Marvel show on Disney+ seems pretty grounded at first, it wouldn’t be surprising if Kamala ends up crossing the multiverse in a show like what if…or in next year’s movie Wonders.
Fans have an idea of what such an adventure would look like with the limited series Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit. Written by New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed and drawn by Andres Genolet, Beyond the limit teams up with Kamala with an alternate version of herself, which may or may not reflect her heroic ways. Ahmed and Genolet take full advantage of not only the fun part of multiverse stories, but also the character exploration that the trope allows.
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