Review: Crushed (Ms. Marvel #3)
Series: Ms. Marvel #3
Also in this series: No Normal, Generation Why
Illustrated by: Elmo Bondoc, Takeshi Miyazawa
Released by Marvel Comics on 23 June 2015
Genres: Action, Comics
Love is in the air in Jersey City as Valentine’s Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school dance, but Ms. Marvel is! Well sort of--by crashing it in an attempt to capture Asgard’s most annoying trickster! Yup, it’s a special Valentine’s Day story featuring Marvel’s favorite charlatan, Loki! And when a mysterious stranger arrives in Jersey City, Ms. Marvel must deal with...a crush! Because this new kid is really, really cute. What are these feelings, Kamala Khan? Prepare for drama! Intrigue! Romance! Suspense! Punching things! All this and more! The fan-favorite, critically acclaimed, amazing new series continues as Kamala Khan proves why she’s the best (and most adorable) new super hero there is! Plus, see what happens when S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jemma Simmons goes undercover at Kamala’s school!
Last year I decided to pick up the first Ms. Marvel graphic novel because I’d heard some positive things about it and I had the character of Ms Marvel on my phone game, where she was really cool. I loved the first GN, picked up the second one which I loved as well, and then got the third one for my birthday this year. This third volume would have Loki in it, but Agent Jemma Simmons as well, who is just one of my favourite characters from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so naturally I had to read this one.
In this third volume, Kamala is happy with her double life as a normal teenager and superhero Ms Marvel. Meanwhile, in Asgard, Loki gets the assignment to find out more about the so-called Inventor in New Jersey. He goes to investigate on Kamala’s school, but of course, with him being Loki, not everything goes according to plan and Ms. Marvel has to intervene. Then, friends of her parents move back to New Jersey and she has to meet with their son, who turns out to be exactly her type (I mean he’s an Inhuman as well, so of course Kamala has instant heart-eyes). But again, not all is what it seems, and Kamala gets into a couple of tight spots (then again, she can shrink so it’s not that much trouble, to be honest).
I really liked this volume mostly because we got more characters I know so well. Last volume we had Wolverine, and this time we got both Loki and Jemma Simmons (and Coulson as well). Such a shame for me though, because the extra comic with Jemma going undercover at Kamala’s school turned out to be one of the comics for the S.H.I.E.L.D. graphic novel that came out last year, exactly the one that I’d already bought, read and reviewed at the beginning of January. Oh well.
The art was amazing, as usual, though I just realised there’s a different artist (but I think their styles are similar because I didn’t notice it at all while reading) and I just really love all the colours in these volumes. The story was great as well, and I really cannot wait to pick up the fourth volume, which I will definitely do soon! And of course, I will also pick up volume 5 and 6 (who for some reason are a different series than these four? I have no idea why, but the sixth is called Civil War II so that should be exciting (or scary?)
If you’re looking for a cool new Marvel series to read, and you love Captain Marvel (Kamala’s favourite superhero and also her namesake, because she adopted Carol Danvers’ old name), you should really pick up the Ms. Marvel comics!
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