Essential Ms. Marvel Volume 1 Paperback – Feb 21 2007
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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.
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!!!