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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: Best of the Best (Ms. Marvel (vol. 2) #1)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  668 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Straight out of the pages of New Avengers and House of M Call your friends, wake the neighbors, shout it from the rooftops Come along for one heck of a wild ride as Brian Reed (co-writer of the thrilling Spider-Woman: Origin) joins forces with penciler extraordinaire Rob de la Torre for an action-packed adventure that includes special guest-stars Captain America and Jessic ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published October 4th 2006 by Marvel (first published 2006)
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Arno Callens
I've been dying to read more Ms. Marvel ever since her own movie was announced, but so far I'm coming up short. It's not that Carol Danvers isn't an interesting character, it's that the stories she's in are not. I like the idea of her trying to live up to her best potential, but after the first three issues here that theme is all but forgotten. Instead there's a House Of M-leftover thread, and a lot of magical noise.

The Brood and Cru make for adequate villains in the first half (especially the f
Tsana Dolichva
Ms Marvel Vols 1 & 2 written by Brian Reed and illustrated by Roberto de la Torre is part of the Ms Marvel run directly preceding Carol's change of name to Captain Marvel. It was written from 2006 onwards, so I thought it wouldn't be too cringe-worthy to read (compared with the very first run of Ms Marvel which was written in the 70s). So I started reading the issues on Marvel unlimited and gave up at issue #11, which is actually the first issue of Vol 3, when I got bored. But it wasn't all ...more
This probably wasn't the best place to start reading Marvel comics, but I was interested in this character and my local comic book store had this on sale so I picked it up.

For someone who doesn't know much about the Marvel universe (other than what I've seen in the movies), this book isn't too hard to keep up with. There are cameos from other heroes in the Marvel universe who are pretty well-known. Most of the things you need to know are given in the story, so despite feeling a little ignorant,
Apr 05, 2011 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anne by: Rick
Ms. Marvel was recommended to me by a friend (thanks, Rick), and I'm glad I finally took his advice. It looks like this could be the start of something great!

This book fills in the gaps between the events of House of M and Civil War. It introduces Chewie, and reveals a bit more of her friendship with Jessica Drew, but let's just say you're better off reading post 2013 Captain Marvel. We don't need an entire volume of Carol feeling underutilized and then being matched up with a weird villain who requires her to team up with other heroes to defeat, all while dealing with an overenthusiastic publicist. What's with superheroines and publicists, anyway? I ...more
So I decided to give this a go after having enjoyed Ms. Marvel's character in earlier Avengers and others comics. It, like many other comics, would probably make a somewhat confusing starting point, as there's little explanation when other characters are introduced. But as it was, it worked fine.

It's a nice, not overly complex, story dealing in the aftermath of House of M. The alien attack and Traveller stories are decent, although I most enjoyed the characterization of Ms Marvel as an unsure, v
Timothy Stone
Recently, I decided to give Marvel Comics a try. I have lately enjoyed the character of Ms Marvel from the animated series, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, which recently wrapped up it's run.. And, for those who wonder, it's not because of her stripperiffic costume. It is because a character that has the strength level of the Hulk before he gets angrier and near his invulnerability, yet looks deceptively normal, is interesting to me. Plus, she's a military vet in-story. Granted, it's witht h ...more
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Holden Attradies
I actually haven't read this series in chronological order, and I'm almost kind of glad. I think if I had gone into this series starting from here I would have felt the story telling was all over the place with plenty of lots dropped and never resolved, BUT a knowing bit about where the series is going I can see they were intentionally prepping snippets here and that that would pay off over time.

The cynical part of me wants to view this as the writers having to space the characters own, original
Great artwork fails to impress when coupled with a largely incoherent story -- mostly because (SPOILERS IMMEDIATELY AHEAD!) the bad guy is largely most incoherent due to a spatial (?) condition of being caught between the various worlds of the Marvel Universe in this first volume hardcover outing featuring the adventures (including losing a cell phone!) of the lovely Ms. Marvel. First volume collections usually are great jumping aboard points for new readers, but I fear that those folks missing ...more
Gavin Jefferson
Incoming nerdgasm:
I read the individual issues (Giant Size Ms Marvel, Ms Marvel 1-5, cheers eBay) and I enjoyed them. Carol Danvers is clearly a flawed superhero, it's quite refreshing. Also; finding out the origin of her cat Chewie is pretty cool as she's a prominent character in the more recent Captain Marvel titles.

The Civil War/Superhero Registration Act is teased throughout, Doctor Strange makes a fine appearance also.
Good story arc, but no way magnificent.
Maybe I am just not familiar enough with this whole story arc...but this was not my favorite. The outfit was ridiculous and just straight up distracting. The introduction of the publicist was not well explained (why is she getting a publicist? and why didn't she get rid of her when she clearly seemed uncomfortable with things she was doing) and the bad guy was just kind of confusing. Overall it was not a bad story and I did enjoy it, but it was not the best.
Carol Danvers is one of my favorite characters, regardless of which Codename she's using.

Brian Reed gives a great introduction to one of Marvel's great female heroes. She's conflicted and wants to be the greatest hero that she can possibly be. She had a taste of greatness during House of M and doesn't want to forget it.

Her talk with Jessica Drew is a great moment. A comic that passes the Bechdel test? Yay.
In the alternate-reality House of M, Ms. Marvel was the biggest hero on earth. But in the regular Marvel Universe, she's an also-ran. The most notable moment in her career was probably when she lost all her powers to the X-Men's Rogue. Now, she's trying to dust off her recent problems, and become a big time superhero.
Ms. Marvel didn't seem like a character that deserved her own series, but Brian Reed does an excellent job writing it. He gives the heroine a very believable motivation that will pr
Sep 12, 2007 Neva rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who say "Nerd alert!" frequently
Ms. Marvel is quickly becoming one of my favorite hero. That said, this is a good telling of what she was doing post-House of M. Basically, she was a total loser who couldn't get the time of day from anyone. She gets involved in a huge incident and becomes relevant again, but doesn't quite know how to handle it. Carol Danvers is someone who reminds me of Tony Stark, in the way that she is constantly getting screwed in her personal life because of her alter ego, and often spirals down as a result ...more
Tara Calaby
I like Carol a lot, but this a bit of an awkward collection, wedged as it is between House of M and Civil War. The story is a bit forgettable and the art looks great at first glance, but less appealing from closer inspection, with lots of scratchy lines for facial features.
I didn't understand her rides thin in front at the groin but covers almost all at the back at buttocks...why not let it simply ride wide in front?
Pretty good read, though it did help to be a followup to House of M. Been trying to figure out why Marvel would be thinking making a Captain Marvel movie. For me Carol Danvers is just the character from whom Rogue accidentally stole her powers. But Carol Danvers has a major thing going for her in the Marvel cinematic universe - she's not a mutant - in fact her powers are Kree based and the Kree is already part of the Marvel cinematic universe. So I guess her movie makes even more sense than Guar ...more
Cosas locas pero de esto que no lo vas a recordar, no sé cómo se dice, olvidables o inmemoriables o yo que se, que no pasará a la historia? No sé
I quite enjoyed this one. There was a lot of exposition (especially in the latter parts of the book, when Strange showed up) but I like the type of hero that Carol Danvers is -- she's not always that good at it but she's always trying. I mean, she could use some pants but I like Brian Reed's writing and De La Torre's art is good (the section on Traveller that's done in a different style is kind of breathtaking!). I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms Marvel and seeing where she fits into t ...more
Noah Soudrette
While I'd never been a Ms. Marvel fan (or known anything about her at all really) I was able to pick this up on the cheap and figured I'd give it a shot since not many female heroes have their own title. While some plot elements seem a little haphazard (the whole space alien subplot) the majority of the story is quite fun and interesting. The main villain here is a crazy ass wizard, which leads to a cool team up between Carol and Dr. Strange. If your looking for some female heroes to try out, yo ...more
Not as exciting as I had hoped.
its more like a 3.5.
Overall an entertaining story. My prior exposure to the character has always been in a support role in other books so seeing her on her own in a solo book was a refreshing look into the character. What was new to me was her interaction with Dr. Strange, and the primarily mystic slant to the underlying plot line was very unexpected. I am curious to see where it goes from here.
Been enjoying the recent interpretations of Carol Danvers so I thought I'd give this slightly older title a try. Although not bad, it's pretty straight-forward super-hero stories for the most part. Although I appreciate some of the touches of modern celebrity life, the writing here really lacks the nuance her character deserves. Entertaining but not great.
I had never read any of the Ms Marvel content. This was a good set of books compiled into one volume. I was hoping that there was more in ebook for, but sadly, there isn't.
Carol Danvers is so screwed up.

That's about all I have to offer. Between being mindwiped by Rogue, and being seduced and kidnapped by her own time-warped, rapidly-aged son, I'm amazed she can do more than therapy 24/7.

Anyhow, I like Reed's work on this title, and I hope that he gets more work in the future.
Ms. Marvel! You are brave, powerful and good hearted enough to become the best of the best. But you are not clever enough. You just throw yourself into thing without knowing what will happen. Sooner or later you will end up on the wrong side in a civil war. :)
I know next to nothing about Ms. Marvel and, despite this being volume 1, this was not a good introduction to the character. They just sort of tossed you in to the middle of things. However, despite the clumsiness, there were aspects I enjoyed.
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