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Essential Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1 (Essential Ms. Marvel #1)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Ms. Marvel's current successes are only the latest in a line of earth-shaking adventures that began in her original series, reprinted here in its entirety! New nemeses like Steeplejack and the Doomsday Man vie for the female fury's attention alongside classic criminals like the Scorpion, Tiger Shark and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants! Featuring Namorita and Vance Astro, l...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published February 21st 2007 by Marvel
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Jason Luna
What a surprise find!

It tries to be a feminist book, and I think it almost succeeds. I like that Carol Danvers is a magazine editor of "Woman" magazine, that all the characters in the office have their delicately painted storylines, as Carol tries to keep the peace and be a superhero in her spare time. It's engaging exposition.

And the action is pretty good too. Chris Claremont took over this character almost right away, and he's an expert at finding villains/sorta villains with tortured backstor...more
Holden Attradies
When I picked this up I really had no idea what to expect, I was only mildly familiar with Ms Marvel. I mostly knew of her from how she ties in with Rogue of the X-men and from her appearances in various video games. So, like I said I wasn't sure what to expect.

What I found was pleasantly surprising. The series starts in the late 70's and comes off as a very obvious response to cultural impact of the woman's lib movement. Now, I know nothing of the various authors intents so I don't know if this...more
Pat Sul
i make no bones about it: i am a fan of old fashioned superhero comics.
thought balloons and expository captions - these are what make comics unique and fun.

as the bulk of this is written by chris claremont i am even happier.
i like chris.

lots of solid superhero stuff.
the odd balance between carol danver's life as an editor of a women's magazine (after being an air force test pilot and security specialist) and her duties as a superhero. while most of the art remains workmanlike what it does d...more
The origins of the kree/human heroine is one of the lesser celebrated of Marvel's history, yet, after reading this volume, it's one that is exciting, often moving, sometimes silly, occasionally breathtaking and, ultimately poignant and emotionally devastating, showing personal cost and the failing and betrayal of the untouchable superteam.

The early friendship with MJ had promise that could have been more fully utilised and who doesn't want to see more J.J Jameson, but this is a portrayal of an u...more
Gary Lee
Aug 17, 2008 Gary Lee rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Gary by: armchair feminists
Shelves: comics, genre-stuff
Cliché and derivative (even for a comic book) plotlines, nearly as many pencilers as there were issues, B- and C-list villians from other Marvel titles, initial appearances from Mystique that never go anywhere, Claremont.

Certainly not the best title I've read, but not the worst either.
When it's on-point, it's a lot of fun; too bad it's rarely on-point.
Fantastic! Like many older comics, it really picked up close to the end of its run. Definitely for fans of Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel, and of 70s comics. It was pretty amazing for its time and revolutionary in regards to a strong female lead with a relatively diverse cast (for the time).
Karl Kindt
One of the best overall Essential volumes I have read.
Super fun!
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