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The character of ms marvel is not as clear cut as somebody might first imagine. Yes she is extremely powerful, can fly, is almost invincible and wears a skimpy outfit, pretty much straight from a super hero female template. But think again, because ms marvel is actually a really good character.
The first thing you have to know about her is that she is ex-military, and while she often has the gung ho american attitude to go straight in there and sort things out, it isnt necessarily the best option and quite often leads to more problems.
Secondly, she is written with other concerns, such as how other people regard her. A major character in the series is her public relations manager.
And thirdly, she has an obsession about being as good as she can be, after house of M showed her that she could truly be the top super hero it has pushed her to breaking point trying to be that good.
This first book in the series is pretty much an introduction to the character, with various friends and enemies turning up, but no consistent plot all the way through. The artwork is really good and the colours are bright but not too over the top. I have to admit this is one of my favorite marvel series and i recommend it to any marvel fan.
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An Uneven First Volume28 Dec. 2006
Edmund Lau Kok Ming
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"Ms Marvel: Best Of The Best" collects the first five issues of the ongoing Ms Marvel comic series and the introductory story from Giant Sized Ms Marvel #1. The writer is Brian Reed, who worked on the "Ultimate Spider-Man" video game and "Spider-Woman: Origins" with Brian Michael Bendis. Art is by newcomer Roberto De La Torre.
The story ties in with the recent "House of M" mini-series by Bendis about the world manipulated by Scarlet Witch's magicks into a utopia for mutants. At the same time, Carol Danvers became Captain Marvel, the most popular super-hero in the "House of M". After the "House of M", Carol is back in her reality with the realization that she really isn't the best (identity problems, alcoholism, etc.) However, having had a taste of being the best and receiving the acclaim that went with that, Carol is determined to BE the "Best of the Best" (hence, the title) in the normal Marvel Universe as well. This picks up from "New Avengers Volume 3: Secrets And Lies" where Carol had a talk with Captain America concerning her aspirations.
This volume chronicles the beginning of Carol's journey to become the best super-hero possible! She hires a publicist, Sarah Day, defends Georgia from attacks by the Brood and their pursuer, the Cru, as well as a team-up with Dr Strange to battle Sir William Traveller, a sorcerer from her "House of M" days. The book ends with a cliffhanger that ties into the upcoming Marvel crossover, "Civil War".
Now, on to my opinions. I really wanted to like this book. The art by Roberto De La Torre is very good (though some panels look rushed) in a classic Marvel Comic-Book way. Especially the splash pages. Frank Cho's covers are also very, very beautiful, as with everything the man does. I am confident that Brian Reed can be a good writer as well. His collaboration with Bendis on "Spider-Woman: Origin" was heartfelt and cleaned up a lot of confusing storylines. But here, his writing seemed like it's all over the place. For a first story establishing the lead character's status quo, this volume doesn't really do it. We get a less-than-interesting fight with the Brood, the Cru and something involving Cavorite Crystals. Danvers actually failed quite badly here. Instead of asking for more help (Captain America couldn't make it because he was fighting some Hydra agents), she decided to go in along to prove her mettle. This resulted in the deaths of a lot of civilians and the annihilation of a military base. Next, when we see Carol again, she's recovering from her injuries and worrying about how this will affect her PR image. No grieving for her failings. No guilt at her recklessness (after all, it took the combined X-teams and Ghost Rider to fight the Brood previously). Next we have a story about Sir Warren Traveller, supposedly set up to be Carol's arch-enemy in this book. The entire thing is so messy and intelligible. Most of the time, we don't even know if Traveller is sane since he's muttering gibberish throughout. At other times, we don't know if the Traveller that Carol is talking to is from the past, future or another timeline (and that's between panels!). I have a feeling that Reed meant to develop the whole Traveller arc more but had to be cut short to tie-in with the events of "Civil War". Personally, I felt it would've been better if Reed did not bring in Traveller so early in the story. We got a glimpse of him in the Giant Sized Ms Marvel tale. That was a pretty good introduction. Keep us in suspense. Don't play the trump card yet - maybe just show how someone is behind the scenes messing up with Carol's life. That kind of thing. Then after the whole "Civil War" thing blows over, bring in Sir Warren Traveller and set him up to be Carol's arch-foe. So here, in this volume, all we have are incoherent plots, wasted opportunities presented in a handsome hardcover package with beautiful art.
I am still sticking with the series and hoping it gets better. This is, after all, only the first volume.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A great character mired in uncertainty.17 May 2007
T. A. Clark
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The artwork is good, but the story of this book fails to make it enjoyable. It really feels like Ms. Marvel is meant to be a marquis character, but there's no sense of direction for where they want to go with her or what they feel comfortable with her being able to do.
Every Marvel book is at its best when focusing on the relation of character to the real world, and the decision to pit Ms. Marvel against some of the more silver-age baddies of the Marvel universe seems questionable for a book just trying to introduce her.
She seems like a great character who could really be interesting in a way that stand-alone female heroes haven't pulled off for the most part, but fails for the same reason; the authors simply don't seem like they know what to do with her, and that uncertainty branches off into her character. With some real decisiveness and drive she could evolve into an icon, but as written here all she'll ever be is a 2nd string backup to more focused character. I wanted to love her in this book but I don't, and it's really disappointing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An enjoyable (if imperfect) read2 April 2009
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I find that I both agree and disagree with some of the other reviewers of this book. First of all, I will say that the art is excellent, and some great visual devices are employed. I liked several of the page layouts as well--they caught the eye and conveyed the story in a very fluid way. The writing is, by and large, quite good. I found that there were several surprising moments when I thought the writer had disappointed me, but then surprised me by turning it around.
The most common complaint I've read is that Ms. Marvel herself is a bit too self-doubting and sometimes misplaces her concern. I think this is a valid concern, but at the same time I feel that this is a question of style and preference. I liked the concept of a good super-hero trying to become a great super-hero. I personally felt like her self-doubt makes her interesting and gives a lot of room for character depth and development. If you prefer your super-heroes to be strong and confident at all times, then you might not like this aspect of her storyline here, but I found it very enjoyable.
My only disappointment was the end of the book. I felt that in the final two chapters the story got a bit confusing. Certainly some things could have been made a little clearer. All in all, however, it's a good introduction to her new storyline with wonderful art. I felt the book was well worth the price.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Promising Start for Ms. Marvel13 April 2012
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(3.5 Stars) Ms. Marvel is a difficult character to get into. I came to know her through the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance games, and was very intrigued by Carol Danvers. After finishing up my collection of the `Return of Thor' story arc by J Michael Straczynski and Kieron Gillen, I decided to delve into Ms. Marvel next. As my review for Thor Volume 1 will tell you, I believe that a reboot needs to be newcomer friendly. This debut is hit and miss in this regard.
Collected in this volume are Giant Size Ms. Marvel #1 and Issues #1-5 of the ongoing. The volume does a good job of explaining what `House of M' was and what it means to Carol Danvers. It also introduces Warren Traveler, who comes in later and serves as a good villain for Carol. However, the volume also deals with the Brood, as well as some kind of crystal. Though it was easy to figure out that the Brood are very nasty aliens and that the crystals are very dangerous, no context is given as to what the Brood or these crystals are, and I had to go out of my way to find out exactly what these things were. The Brood do return later in Volume 4 (which concludes nearly all the plot threads begun in Volumes 1&2), and as this volume establishes, they are an apt foe for Danvers, as is Traveler.
Roberto De La Torre handles art, and he handles it well. The style is dark, but not gritty, which goes well with Ms. Marvel's willingness to `do what needs to be done' at times; she will kill you when pushed too far. The book is very pretty to look at, with some great panels' throughout.
As stated, this Volume begins a couple of important plot points that will carry through Volumes 2,3 and 4; so if you wish to have a complete, satisfying run without getting in 'too' deep, that is the span of this story arc. Ms. Marvel is a strong character, both power-wise and in terms of her potential to be one of Marvel's most important characters. A good debut all in all, but not as newcomer friendly as a reboot should be.
A Less-Than-"Marvelous" Read23 Sept. 2007
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Carol Danvers has gone through a lot of changes in her life recently. Now, back under the mantle of Ms. Marvel and recovering from the House of M alternate-universe storyline in which she was the greatest superhero on earth, Carol is finding that she's without much self-esteem and wants to be the best superhero of this reality. However, when a group of Brood aliens, an extraterrestrial behemoth named Cru, and mad other-dimensional sorcerer all show up wanting Danvers' blood, Ms. Marvel's new oath is put to the test.
Overall, this isn't a bad comic, but it's not great. Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: Best of the Best seems to fit into a group of comics that feature female superheroes with some deep-seated life issues: Dan Slott's She-Hulk and Geoff Johns' Power Girl among them. Sure, angst has always been a part of superhero comics since the Silver Age but, by golly, when the superheroes are whining all the time about their lives, it gets tiresome. In this volume, Carol Danvers seeks out a publicist who is trying to remake her image at the same time she attempts to prove herself. Unfortunately, the story isn't told in a compelling-enough manner to make us really care bout Ms. Marvel; indeed, she's portrayed as sort of scatter-brained, making it tough to take her seriously. However, the art is uniformly excellent, and Frank Cho contributes the covers featured throughout the volume. A fun read, but not super - or "Marvel"-ous.