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Graphic Novel Spotlight – Ms. Marvel Volume 4: Last Days

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One of the most critically acclaimed series of the year reaches the conclusion of its first volume as Secret Wars takes a grip of the Marvel Universe!

In the run-up to Secret Wars, the entire population of the Marvel Universe is faced with their impending destruction as the Last Days count down.  From the moment Kamala Khan put on her costume, she’s been challenged, but nothing has prepared her for this. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to stop fighting. With her home of Jersey City falling into chaos, Kamala leaps into the fray to protect not only those she holds dear, but everyone and anyone in need.

Since its debut in 2014, G. Willow Wilson’s Ms Marvel has been one of the most consistently great comics hitting the shelves.  In her first 19 issues, Kamala has been learning the hard way the pros and cons of being a superhero. This volume sees the culmination of her exploits as she faces the ultimate disaster. Wilson superbly ties up all loose ends as the sum of Kamala’s experiences comes into play as she risks life and limb to save the citizens of her home town, has a long overdue chat with her mother and is finally confronted by her best friend Bruno as this may be the last chance he has to confess his feelings. Adrian Alphona continues to knock it out of the park with his wonderfully quirky style which can excel in both action packed scenes and those grounded in emotion.

But the true standout point in this volume is the long awaited moment when Kamala finally meets Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers, former bearer of the Ms. Marvel name and Kamala’s hero. There have been plenty of great moments in the series when Kamala is a little star struck (see her reaction to Wolverine in Volume 2), but her efforts at trying to maintain her composure as the world approaches its destruction whilst trying not to be reduced to a quivering fangirl is particularly entertaining. And if you’re after more first encounters, as an added bonus, Kamala’s first encounter with Spider-Man is also included from the pages of Amazing Spider-Man.

Ms. Marvel is set to return after Secret Wars with G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona and Takeshi Miyazawa all returning to the series they established. If you have any plans on reading that relaunch, this volume is a must read as it shows Ms. Marvel’s arrival as a true hero on par with the greatest members of the Marvel Universe.

Ms. Marvel Volume 4: Last Days is published 1 December by Marvel.

Post by Leo Sutherland

Browse our entire Ms. Marvel  range here

Find the first volume of Ms. Marvel’s current relaunch here

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