Ms. Marvel's first tie-in sets up things to come, and spins a good yarn in regards to her role in the Civil War. After siding with Iron Man on the belief that the Rule of Law should be upheld, no matter what, Carol joins Wonder Man in hunting down unregistered heroes. Some character defining moments happen here, and Brian Reed does a good job in setting the scene for Carol's future development. Reed handles the Civil War well. Instead of shoe-horning Carol into the event, he weaves the event into what he was already doing. After a quick explanation, readers know all they need to know about the Civil War, allowing Reed to introduce a few heroes into Carol's supporting cast, such as Araña and Wonder Man, both of whom appear frequently in later volumes. Her actions during this volume also have long-lasting effects on Carol. The 2nd phase of this story isn't as well executed, dealing with an alternate universe Ms. Marvel coming in to attack X-Men Rogue. This storyline accomplishes little, serving only to reveal that Carol's animosity towards Rogue has not vanished, and that she has not forgiven Rogue for nearly killing her years ago. It's still a good fight, and shows Carol getting very brutal, a pattern expanded on in later stories.
Two artists handle the main issues in this volume. Roberto De La Torre returns from v.1 to pencil the Civil-War arc, and he does a beautiful job as usual, his darker style is well suited for Ms. Marvel. Mike Wieringo handles the `alt-Carol' story, and though there is certainly nothing wrong with his art, it has a lighthearted, colorful feel that clashes a bit with the dark subject matter of the story (and Rogue apparently changed costumes between issues). Also contained is `Ms. Marvel Storyteller Special', a little side story (continued in v.6) with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli. It's an interesting little bonus, and later ties in with Carol's ongoing conflicts with A.I.M.
This volume sets up many things for future arcs, and is still entertaining on its own merits. Though the 2nd story lags a bit, fans of Ms. Marvel, of Civil war, or both will be happy with this.