We have just recently launched our new reading theme until end of June. I thought it is as good a time as any to finally catch up with my favourite female Muslim superhero: Kamala Khan.
Ms. Marvel Vol. 4: Last Days
Written by: G. Willow Wilson Illustrated by: Adrian Alphona
Published by: Marvel, 2015 ISBN: 0785197362 (ISBN13: 9780785197362)
Bought a copy of the book. Book photos taken by me.
It was sometime in 2015 when I read the first three books of Ms Marvel, aka Kamala Khan (see my review of Books 1 and 2 here and my review of Book 3 here). I enjoyed seeing how she has evolved from a fairly insecure teenage girl to someone who gradually grew in confidence and inhabited her powers be they “embiggen” or minuscule.
In this volume, Kamala is shown to be drowning her sorrows in the Waterfront of Jersey City with “one Doom Dog too many” as she tries to forget her failed romance with Kamran who turned out to be a villain after all.
Since Kamala is not old enough to share her innermost secrets with a bartender, she settled on the hot dog seller instead who informed her in no uncertain terms that he “ain’t a therapist.” Kamala soon realizes that she faces an even bigger threat than just the memory of a botched first love, the details of the huge threat remain quite nebulous, except that it seems as if it is the end of the world:
Carol Danvers, the supposedly original Ms Marvel, also makes an appearance here, as Danvers tries to prepare Kamala for what is to come, again more obscure references as to what that is, the only thing that is clear, is that “it” is huge and that Kamala needs all the help she can get.
Admittedly, I am no Marvel geek. I have no idea what the back story is behind all this (the Terrigen mist, the inhumans, and how they cross over with mutants or even the Avengers), but somehow that didn’t really matter much. It was Kamala I came in here for – her “religious freak” brother, her strict but well meaning parents, and her posse of friends, especially Bruno. This scene here between Kamala’s brother and loverboy-turned-villain Kamran, is one of my favourites in the comic:
The refreshing wit that caught me sideways, the humour that never tried too hard, the easy repartee, those quick dialogues – all serve to keep me coming back for more in this series. Add how Kamala’s ethnicity never felt exoticized or exaggerated in any form, simply matter-of-fact. There is a self-deprecation as well to how the characters perceived themselves, that it never felt as if the reader is treading on the broken shards of political incorrectness.
And for those of you who are shipping Bruno and Kamala – there is much for you to love in this volume. I will definitely review Books 5 and 6 before our theme ends. If you haven’t had a chance to read this series yet, I suggest you get your hands on them, stat!