Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel

Vol. 3, Crushed

Book - 2015
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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 attempting to capture Asgard's most annoying trickster! Yup, it's a special Valentine's Day story featuring Marvel's favorite charlatan, Loki! The fan favorite series continues as Kamala Khan proves why she's the best (and most adorable) new super hero there is!
Publisher: New York, NY : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., [2015]
ISBN: 9780785192275
Branch Call Number: YA 741.5973 WILSO
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Miyazawa, Takeshi
Alternative Title: Crushed

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sarahcharlotte999
Jan 21, 2018

An absolute delight - feminist and fun, with a well-delivered smackdown of the "friendzone," and one glorious scream of KHAAAAAAANNNNN!!!!

FindingJane Jun 24, 2017

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.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

Back up to 4 stars for the third installment. This issue is pure Kamala and her friends and family again. You still get the action and the villans and tricks and loki cameo but you get to know Kamala better which I think is what was lacking in the 2nd one.

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VigilanteReads
Oct 30, 2016

I really enjoyed this one. Kamala gets some great crossovers. Loki and Agents of Shield in this one. Loved seeing Jemma in a comic. I really need to go read the S.H.I.E.L.D comics.

I felt like the message about consent was a bit overdone almost. I was happy it was there at all but really pushed more than they needed to I think. The extended metaphor was really heavy-handed. Might also think that because it was a bit obvious how things would go in that part of the story to me.

Still love Bruno. He's a cinnamon roll that deserves good things. Don't let him die comic Gods.

Kamala is getting so much better with her powers and crime fighting. Loved seeing her training session. Excited to see more super crossovers because it seems to keep being one of my favorite parts of these comics.

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duane767
Jan 11, 2016

One of the easiest and most effective as well as relevant titles that is being produced. My family are people of faith and even though our faith is different than that of the main character and her family we can relate to her thinking and struggles in regards to straddling the worlds of the secular and the sacred all the while dealing with high school and yes, super powers. Ok, that last part, we can't relate to...

KateHillier Oct 12, 2015

Just when you think that Ms. Marvel has enough on her plate one more thing comes by to complicate things: a crush. Kamala is not on board with her parents parading boys in front of her, and her parents are definitely not on board with her dating let alone suggesting marriage at her age, but when a son of her parents friends comes to town Kamala finds herself smitten. There a whole lot of issues discussed here with Kamala having a crush (and Bruno having a crush on her). Very important discussions that I love seeing raised in a comic that lots of people are reading. It just warms my little nerdy heart, quite frankly. We even get an issue where Jemma Simmons from S.H.I.E.L.D. is undercover at Kamala's school and she is stoked!

All in all, everything is still awesome and upbeat even considering the challenges faced. Also, that little reveal dropped near the end of issue #15. WHAT?!

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Krtjms
Sep 02, 2015

I didn't enjoy the change of art direction from Vol. 2 and the storyline was weaker and less focused than previous volumes.

Hoping Vol. 4 will be better.

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MarkMatsuzaki
Aug 21, 2015

Ms. Marvel continues to be one of the best comics to read

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Sep 02, 2015

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