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Essential Ms. Marvel Volume 1 Paperback – Feb 21 2007


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
More fun from Marvel in the '70s April 7 2007
By mrliteral - Published on Amazon.com
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At first glance, Ms. Marvel seems like one of the first (if not the original) feminist superhero. Certainly, there were few women who starred in their own comics before her; Wonder Woman was a major exception, but she was created in an era when women's suffrage was a relative novelty and was not exactly a strong proponent of equal rights; in her secret identity, she was perfectly happy in a subordinate role. Ms. Marvel, from her very name to her actual identity, was clearly a 1970s version of a feminist, a woman who either as a superhero or regular person was independent and not defined by the men in her life.

Actually, that is not completely true. Carol Danvers's alter-ego was literally defined by a man, namely Captain Mar-Vell, to whom she owed both her powers and name. Exposed to strange radiation, Carol would adopt the powers of a warrior from the alien humanoid race called the Kree. Initially, this would result in a split personality, but that would reconcile soon enough. Her powers included super-strength, flight and a pre-cognitive "seventh sense". When she was Carol Danvers, she was an ex-soldier (which is when she got her powers) and for the majority of this volume, a magazine editor.

As with any first issue of a new superhero book, we get plenty of guest stars, particularly from the world of Spiderman: Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson, J. Jonah Jameson and the Scorpion. In fact, many of the villains in this book are familiar from other magazines, including Modok, Ronan, Grotesk, Tiger Shark and Sabertooth. One villain, however, was original to Ms. Marvel's book and would eventually become a more important character in the Marvel Universe than Ms. Marvel herself: Mystique. For the most part, though, the woman also known as Raven Darkholme remains behind the scenes; there is never a real fight between the two.

This volume covers all the issues of her original comic book and concludes with an Avengers Annual that details her pivotal confrontation with another key Marvel character, Rogue. Between the original series and this Avengers issue are a couple issues of Marvel Super-Heroes Magazine that were written later but explain some intermediate events.

For the most part, these comics are entertaining. My main gripe seems to be with her powers, which seem to fluctuate with the bad guy confronted; sometimes she seems quite beatable while other times she is almost invincible. Ms. Marvel never wound up being one of the first-stringers in the Marvel Universe, but she has been around now for thirty years in various incarnations. If you like "classic `70s" Marvel, this will be worth reading.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
What a lady!!! Is she married? July 25 2007
By J. Matera - Published on Amazon.com
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Carol Danvers is a dream come true!!! She's independent, self-supporting, intelligent, beautiful and, in her spare time, she fights costumed villains!!! This alone'd give her very interesting tales to tell.
Apart from all that joking, this book shows a woman who trades punches with the likes of "The Scorpion" and "The Tiger Shark" (the best stories in the volume), but still looks feminine and, why not, sexy; and she isn't (or doesn't have to be) part of a group just to please us, readers. You are hooked by her personality at the end of issue 1. That's all.
"She-Hulk" is wonderful, okay, neverthless a seven foot tall and muscular girl scares a bit; "The Invisible Whatever" is a tad "Donna Reedish" for any normal man's taste; "The Wasp" is a shrinking violet that masquerades as a "tough broad"; therefore, now and forever...
LONG LIVE MS. MARVEL!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lost opportunity Oct. 16 2008
By Kantos Kan - Published on Amazon.com
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Marvel cancelled this book just as Chris Claremont was getting going, which is a shame as this was some of his best writing. He'd fixed most of the weaknesses in the book and character (her fainting spells, the costume, dating her psychologist, being an editor AND a hero). Still it's nice that Carol Danvers is finally getting her due.
Let's Cut to the Chase Oct. 1 2013
By Daneel Olivaw - Published on Amazon.com
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The original Ms. Marvel comics included in this collection were not masterpieces; they were second-tier Marvel at best. If you like Carol Danvers as a character, you should enjoy this book even though she became more interesting afterwards as an Avenger or a guest in other books--not to mention her interesting current series. But until Essential Avengers volume 10 comes out in late 2014 or so, this is the ONLY Essentials book where you can read Avengers Annual #10, one of the greatest stories in the half-century history of Marvel (I'm excluding Timely and Atlas) Comics. This story is better in color, but has only been reprinted thus in a couple books that might be too pricey (try "Chris Claremont Marvel Visionaries" if you're interested).

Avengers Annual #10. Worth the price of admission! Nuff said.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Great Female Super-Hero Aug. 4 2009
By Harry Young - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this collection because I think it's a complete chronicle of Ms. Marvel, because the series didn't have a long run. Ms. Marvel is still in the Marvel Universe, and it's a treat to read about her early history. The pages are black and white, like all Essential collections. However, her sixth (or is that seventh)sense is too much like Spider-Man's spider sense. In fact, she even works for J.Jonah Jameson, which makes it way to similar to Spider-Man. If you like female super-heroes this is a good collection.


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