Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed

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Ms. Marvel crashes the school Valentine's Day dance in order to thwart Loki, the Asgardian trickster god.

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  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Up!

    4 out of 5

    Written by , Posted on at 11:14:50 AM

    Underneath her superpowers, Kamala is your typical adolescent girl. She has familial issues and yearnings to be a part of her social circle. She also has Inhuman relatives, aggressive fighting training, a boyfriend who’s got superpowers and a city to protect. Balance is therefore…tricky. In this volume, Kamala has less interaction with her family and more with outsiders. She deals with Loki, the god of mischief, and right away you can tell that she’s still got a lot of maturing to do. She comes charging through a skylight (not that old cliché) and immediately starts a brawl with him in a room filled with civilians. It’s not necessary and you desperately want someone to intervene and tell her to speak calmly instead of throwing punches. Loki himself complains about this behavior and you can’t help but agree with him. The stories are very good, varied and unusual enough to be interesting. There’s a fair leavening of humor and heartbreak. You suspect she’ll put the pain behind her in short order but you can’t dismiss it. A heartbreak always feels like it’s going to be forever, no matter what your age. But Kamala isn’t involved with her boyfriend for very long and it seems that she’s more disappointed in him and baffled by her poor judgment than hurt. The story I liked best is the one where she finally comes in contact with S.H.I.E.L.D.. In a surprising turn, the writer chose to have her deal with human members rather than the expected superheroes. Ms. Marvel meets Agent Coulson, a hard-nosed but caring and responsible adult. He doesn’t care for having her involved in the investigation but she swiftly proves her worth—with a little assistance. You get why Agents Jemma Simmons Phil Coulson are impressed with her. Kamala comes off as curious, intelligent, adaptable, sympathetic, willing to take direction, heed advice and follow orders. I also found myself liking the two agents. (They come off as being far more approachable than Nick Fury, who tends to be rather intimidating.) This is a volume that I found myself re-reading more than once, having found it vastly more entertaining than the previous two. Here, Kamala isn’t just interacting with her closed circle of family, friends and fellow students. She’s branching out and making allies as well as enemies. In short, she’s growing up. That’s something to savor.