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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 9: Teenage Wasteland

(Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson #9)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  3,078 ratings  ·  346 reviews
Kamala Khan has vanished! But where has she gone, and why? Jersey City still has a need for heroes, and in the wake of Ms. Marvel's disappearance, dozens have begun stepping up to the plate. The city's newest super hero Red Dagger and even ordinary citizens attempt to carry on the brave fight in Kamala's honor. Somehow, Ms. Marvel is nowhere...but also everywhere at once! ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Marvel
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Dave Schaafsma
“We like to think we choose the people we love. But we don’t, really. Life puts those people in our path. We love them because we’re in it together. Maybe it’s destiny, maybe it’s something else. Whatever it is, it’s something real.”

Kamala Khan is AWOL for the first three issues, so friends Zoe, Nakia, Mike and Gabe try to fill in. This reminded me of a time when Buffy the Vampire Slayer was gone and the Scooby Crew tried to fill her shoes, which kind of makes a good point about superheroes vs.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
A weak start with Ms Marvel missing, and Red Dagger and her friends trying to fill the gap. The bonus is a neat new character, a Jewish lad, Naftali and his cousin Alanna. The final third we return to good old teenage angst with girls kissing boys, girls kissing girls, and people coming and going... oh and there's a new big bad mean girl. :) Marvel girl teenage angst lifted this to a 6 out of 12. Still there's definitely something missing, making it still nowhere near as good as the first three ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Ms. Marvel's friends try to cover for her as she's completely MIA from the first 3 issues. The Inventor also returns. There's something just missing without Kamala in the book. Eventually she returns but the book instantly turns into poor romance comic with a love triangle instead of focusing on Ms. Marvel fighting bad guys. Nico Leon's art looks like it belongs in an issue of Highlights magazine. I prefer a more traditional Marvel look. ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I was skeptical at first about Teenage Wasteland. Kamala Khan is noticeably absent for approximately the first half of the volume. Can her well-intentioned friends / Coles classmates pick up the slack?

They can. In fact, I'd say Zoe ("I've been doing Crossfit . . . Prepare to feel the pain of several hundred dollars worth of specialized strength training!") is the M.V.P. here, jumping into action - assisting Red Dagger - on the streets of Jersey City. The Inventor is causing trouble whil
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I didnt like the start of this. The first few issues deals with The Inventor but majority of it without ms marvel. It just didnt seem to have the same fun as the previous. After Bruno returns it brings the story back to the main arc and begins the reasons for why this series was so much fun to begin with.
Paul E. Morph
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this volume of Ms. Marvel, although I really missed Kamala in the first half. It was adorable watching her friends try to fill in for her in her absence, though. The artwork was consistently great throughout, which is always nice.
One of my favorites so far, and just so funny. I appreciate the way that the visiting Wakandan referred to America as a developing country and referred to American teens as "disadvantaged youth." I really really loved the part where Kamala is just so overwhelmed by her feelings that she goes to her Imam, expecting to get yelled at. Instead, he is wise and embracive, with many good things to tell about how elders tend to be stern and forget how to teach young people what to do with their feelings ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Surprisingly, Ms. Marvel doesn't show up in the first half of this volume. While she is missing, her high school friends masquerade as Ms. Marvel in order to maintain the illusion that the hero is still protecting Jersey City. The substitute Ms. Marvels are fine, but there's nothing like the real Ms. Marvel. ...more
Should I just copy and paste things from my previous reviews of this series so as to just really hammer the point home?
"Okay, so Ms. Marvel is probably my SECOND favorite comic, definitely my favorite superhero comic. I love Carol Danvers probably as much as I love Kamala Khan, but the last couple of Captain Marvel trades have fallen a little flat for me, and meanwhile G. Willow Wilson continues to absolutely KILL IT with Kamala." -Me, three years ago

"How does this series continue to be SO GOOD.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

It's telling that the best issues of this trade are the ones without Kamala in them.

The first 3/4s of this volume is Kamala's friends group trying to fill her embiggened shoes and having wacky street-level superhero encounters. As soon as Kamala comes back it's back to bullshit love triangles and half-baked teenage philosphy.

Ms Marvel started out as a friendly neighborhood superhero and slowly turned into an angsty tragedy magnet, like Spider-man before her, and I really hope Wilson manages
Kate (GirlReading)
The fact that I'm coming close to finishing my all time favourite series is crushing me. ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even though Kamala herself is missing for the first three issues, this volume overall still works. I enjoyed seeing her friends trying to fill her shoes during her absence because that's what superheroes are supposed to do. I was also pleased to see the return of the Red Dagger, Captain Marvel, and Bruno this series. I can't wait to see what's next up Kamala in volume ten. ...more
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
After that incredibly intense cliff-hanger in Vol 8, I finally got my hands on a copy of volume 9!

Libraries are awesome!

Anywho, obviously I loved this one. It's not filled with as many deep and meaningful insights as Mecca, but a lot of old enemies pop up and Kamala is no-where in sight. Plus there is the underlying theme of what makes a hero a hero—do you need superpowers? Do you need to be young? And what is the worth of someone who can't "contribute" to society? Okay, it's a little deep.

And C
Rod Brown
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Kamala Khan spends the first half of the book in hiding, and frankly I didn't much miss her. The side characters stepped up and carried things along quite well with quite a bit of help from a feisty WWII veteran named Harold. (I'm totally up for a Harold and Zoe spin-off series.)

Then Kamala comes back and everyone gets pretty mopey through the end of the book dealing with all their romantic entanglements. It's a good thing that all the teen angst is so well done, because the super villain action
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Ms. Marvel title with Ms. Marvel missing for the bulk of the book? And it's still amazing?! You better believe it. Ms. Marvel has some soul searching to do so her friends pick up the Ms. Marvel mantle (say that three times fast) and try to keep Jersey safe. So much to love about this books:
- Real friendships
- Real religious differences dealt with in real ways
- Hilarious villains
- Entire plots that revolve around sandwich delivery

Read this book nerds!
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Kamala has disappeared, and her friends are trying to hold the fort - with more or less success - until a supervillain shows up and they find themselves outmatched.

I liked that Kamala’s friends get center stage in the first half, and show their loyalty and friendship. And when she returns, she has many real life things to deal with: her brother’s new baby, her first kiss, having to sort out her feelings toward the newly returned Bruno... and accepting help from her friends.

A welcome return to
Wing Kee
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always loved the tone and the message of this book and this is just more of the awesome same.

World: The art is amazing, the characters are so full of personality and character. I love art that’s a bit more stylised and this is it, the characters are drawn nearly manga style with their expression faces and body language, awesome. The world building here is solid, it continues what has been built since the series started and pulling pieces from the past is always fun, especially when a writer
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
(Read as single issues)
I loved seeing Kamala's friends team up and I know there were some ~issues~ to work out but also I missed Kamala :( Let's return to the super status quo pls
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read for the Backlist Readathon Challenge: “Blue on the Cover”
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
What happens when Ms. Marvel disappears? Her friends take up the mantle until they have to call in the big guns, Captain Marvel! Kamala Khan is at a private school & doesnt know how much she is missed back home. What will happen when she returns to Jersey City?
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
May contain spoilers on previous issues.
Disclaimer #2:
This isn't a review so much as a pile of squee.

My fellow Kamala Korps members - what do you think of our girl's love life? I'm totally team Kareem, not team Bruno. Why? Because Bruno falls into the sidekick role way too easily. It messes with his confidence. Bruno does this with Kamala; but we also see Bruno going along with Loki's wacky schemes (in Vol #4 Crushed), and Kwezi's mad-scientist vibranium heist (in Vol #8 Mecca
I started this one incredibly confused. Where was Ms. Marvel? Eventually I found out, but I can't recall if I was forgetting something important from the last volume or what. I'm still not really sure. I didn't read it that long ago, but I found the start of this pretty jarring.

Once I got my bearings, this was another enjoyable volume. It's a little bittersweet for me since it was announced this week that Ms. Wilson will be leaving the series next year. That means I don't have much long
Midu Hadi

We’ve already met the Red Dagger and now, he’s back. Things that I could have done without while reading this installment include (view spoiler)

What I absolutely loved is the scene Kamala has with the Imam of the masjid. He’s practical but extra in just the right places and I loved him for making Kamala’s already difficult life just a bit easier. Fin
Katie Florida
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this volume. I enjoy the focus back on Kamala's personal relationships; it's a part of her narrative that I've always enjoyed. And of course, the writing was smart, the perfect balance of witty, and left me anxious for the next volume already! ...more
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

A really great collection of stories that focuses very much on Kamala Khan's soul-searching, without her being a big part of the story. She disappears and leaves her friends behind without saying a word. Her friends notice that Ms. Marvel has vanished and take up the mantle and try to protect the city themselves. Without having any superpowers this comes with a lot of bruises and sprains. But they try their best and it is really great to see a group of friends bond to
Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
Although Kamala was absent for a lot of this volume, I still really enjoyed the story because we got to see her friends step up to the mantle and really come through to support her. We see how much they care about her and the symbol of hope that she's become for Jersey City.

We also got to see more Red Dagger in this volume which was great, and there were some VERY CUTE scenes between him and Kamala. The humour in the whole series has been really entertaining, but in this volume in particular it
I couldn't put this one down. Kamala has disappeared while she tries to recover from the last issues, so her friends take up the Ms. Marvel mantle and try to protect the city. As someone currently struggling with work burnout, I find that Kamala's story resonates and is a bit cathartic. It's a sweet story of friendship, the bravery of non-supers, and some sweet teenage romance thrown in. And I loved the surprise special guest! ...more
Joana Veríssimo
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was really GOOD and fun!! Very action packed, but also the most conclusion is that Kamala has the best friends in the world, and they don't even know the truth... It was just so great seeing them working together and trying to improvise things
This volume was really fun!! I still really like this series!!!
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Hugo, World Fantasy and American Book Award-winning author of novels and comics, including THE BIRD KING, INVISIBLE KINGDOM, and ALIF THE UNSEEN. Co-creator of Ms Marvel. Honorary doctor of letters, Rutgers University. I accidentally started a dutch baby baking cult during quarantine. Not very active on here right now, but often found on Twitter.

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