Ms. Marvel, Vol. 8: Mecca

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 8: Mecca

The villains are at Kamala's door, and Ms. Marvel has to save a city that doesn't want saving. The malleable Ms. Marvel continues her hero's journey as an enemy from her past begins targeting those closest to her, a challenge that calls into question everything about her -- not just as a super hero, but as a human being! Who can Ms. Marvel trust when everyone in Jersey Cit...

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Title:Ms. Marvel, Vol. 8: Mecca
Author:G. Willow Wilson
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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 8: Mecca Reviews

  • Renata

    (read as single issues)

    Kamala and the Hulk are friends from work.

  • Chad

    I think this was my favorite volume of the current series. We start out with a story echoing the ugly nationalism that has risen over the last 2 years in the US. Chuck the hipster hydra agent illegally takes over as mayor and starts his own police force, rounding up everyone who is different. They try to make things so difficult for those they've identified as undesirables that they'll move out of Jersey City and go to NYC. Kamala finds herself just as frustrated as many of us have felt since th

    I think this was my favorite volume of the current series. We start out with a story echoing the ugly nationalism that has risen over the last 2 years in the US. Chuck the hipster hydra agent illegally takes over as mayor and starts his own police force, rounding up everyone who is different. They try to make things so difficult for those they've identified as undesirables that they'll move out of Jersey City and go to NYC. Kamala finds herself just as frustrated as many of us have felt since the 2016 election. I love how things are ultimately not solved through fisticuffs, but the power of the people legally fighting back. I enjoy how Wilson seamlessly incorporates everyday Muslim life into the book, giving us a look into cultures that may be different from our own.

    In the last couple of issues Red Dagger moves to Jersey and teams up with Ms. Marvel as they try and stop a runaway train. Some of the humor returns in this arc and Kamala and Kareem have some great chemistry.

  • Ran

    This series remains one of my favorites, in which G. Willow Wilson continues to just write a goofy, down-to-earth highschooler dealing with super powers, and being Muslim in Jersey City. I know you thought I was describing Peter Parker at first. I seriously enjoy learning about Islamic traditions through Kamala's family and friends.

    But wait, first let me go back and address how the ugly nationalism on the rise in Jersey City, which usurps the elected mayor's seat illegally and ousts her for the

    This series remains one of my favorites, in which G. Willow Wilson continues to just write a goofy, down-to-earth highschooler dealing with super powers, and being Muslim in Jersey City. I know you thought I was describing Peter Parker at first. I seriously enjoy learning about Islamic traditions through Kamala's family and friends.

    But wait, first let me go back and address how the ugly nationalism on the rise in Jersey City, which usurps the elected mayor's seat illegally and ousts her for the Hydra-sponsored Chuck Worthy. To which, Kamala responds with bendy Mr. Fantastic moves to against Lockdown and Discord. But more importantly, to which the mayor responds by retaking her position with the backing of the Third Circuit court. Yay, law!

    Then an exchange student from Karachi appears in the form of Red Dagger (Laal Khanjeer) to help Ms. Marvel stop a runaway train. And a Thor: Ragnarok reference is made which made me snicker. But sadly Bruno is still MIA from Jersey City as he just was awarded citizenship to Wakanda. I mean, impressive! But I miss him in JC.

  • Rory Wilding

    This has been said before that if there is any superhero comic currently published that is the modern equivalent of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's

    , it would be G. Willow Wilson's

    as much like Peter Parker's life, Kamala Khan's is all about balancing her personal life with friends and family, high school and her duties as the local superhero, in which despite her good intentions, it's not helping gaining the public's trust.

    What was great about the previous volume was

    This has been said before that if there is any superhero comic currently published that is the modern equivalent of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's

    , it would be G. Willow Wilson's

    as much like Peter Parker's life, Kamala Khan's is all about balancing her personal life with friends and family, high school and her duties as the local superhero, in which despite her good intentions, it's not helping gaining the public's trust.

    What was great about the previous volume was that after the slight misstep of the

    tie-in issues, it told a standalone story that balanced the super-heroism with the social commentary, reminding what made this run successful in the first place. However, the consequences of

    haunt Kamala as HYDRA agent Chuck Worthy has taken control as the mayor of Jersey City as he begins to target those close to her.

    As Marvel has always tried to remain relevant as the All-New, All-Different initiative showcases a racially diverse cast of superheroes, the publisher has never tried to force any political statements. However, what opened volume seven was #13, which was clearly an allegory for the 2016 US presidential election and yet by the time the issue was published, we already got the disastrous results. Throughout the majority of this volume, we see a villain in mayoral charge creates an organisation that is assigned to lock up all the unregistered super powers in the city.

    As a loose continuation of some of the ideas presented in Marvel's

    , it is a combination of comic book fantasy and politics that are not too dissimilar with today's American politics, such as terrorism and immigration. Amongst the super-powered victims (or one who did have powers briefly) are Kamala's older brother Aamir who, after getting arrested, opens #20 with a brilliant monologue explaining the common problem of people's assumption of the image of a terrorist, whether it is simply judging someone by the colour of their skin or whatever religion they're in.

    Given how serious the messages Wilson is trying to display, she never talks down to her readers as the adventures of Kamala Khan are uplifting, such as our eponymous hero fighting her enemies with abilities that are closer to Mr. Fantastic, with moments of heartfelt realisation. Due to the absence of Adrian Alphona and Takeshi Miyazawa, Marco Failla takes charge of artistic duties as along with series colourist Ian Herring, his cartoony illustrations are appropriate to Kamala's elastic moves, whilst balancing the quiet character drama.

    Concluding this volume is a two-issue arc, in which Kamala is reunited with Kareem, who is participating in an exchange student program in her high school, much to her dissatisfaction. However, when an ongoing train's brakes have malfunctioned, it looks like a job for Ms. Marvel, but she’s also joined by Kareem's superhero alter-ego Laal Khanjeer (or the Red Dagger). Although it very much evokes Tony Scott's

    , so much so that even Kamala references the Denzel Washington movie, this is a fun buddy-up with great Kamala-centric humour, whilst Diego Olortegui's art is very detailed and textured as the train takes the heroes through stunning locations in New Jersey.

    No matter how politically G. Willow Wilson wants to be, it is the witty adventures of Kamala Khan that aren’t as big as her fellow Avengers that makes this title continuously readable, whilst setting up something in the near future that she might no longer need the persona of Ms. Marvel.

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    Great!

  • David Schaafsma

    After a kind of dwindling of energy and quality and focus in the last few volumes, Ms. Marvel: Volume Eight reveals the team has recaptured its initial zip and sharpness. The story had been working in contemporary political issues, but here they are in full force, as the Pakistani Muslim Kahn (and Kamala’s, aka Ms. Marvel’s) family from Jersey City that we have come to love is now under siege from far right nationalists.

    To rather specifically echo current trends, Ms. Marvel, a social reformer,

    After a kind of dwindling of energy and quality and focus in the last few volumes, Ms. Marvel: Volume Eight reveals the team has recaptured its initial zip and sharpness. The story had been working in contemporary political issues, but here they are in full force, as the Pakistani Muslim Kahn (and Kamala’s, aka Ms. Marvel’s) family from Jersey City that we have come to love is now under siege from far right nationalists.

    To rather specifically echo current trends, Ms. Marvel, a social reformer, is available to help the needy, but she is demonized in the process by right wing members of her community that want to make itself Great Again by putting in place stricter “immigration” restrictions. Yep, this affects Kamala’s own family, as you might have guessed. As Kamala wonders who she can trust, a former friend (Kareem, the Red Dagger) returns to possibly enter into an alliance with her. Oh, and he’s easy on the eyes, too, which helps, well, everything. The series needs a little fresh “chemistry,” so maybe Kareem is the spice it needs.

    This was the best volume, in some ways, of all of them, though I thought it lost a little steam with the runaway train endeavor (yawn) near the end. The best aspect of the book is that religious and cultural issues re-emerge as central concerns, as we might have always expected from a series about a Muslim girl superhero whose family is devout!

    Better dialogue and a better sense of humor attends this more serious direction, and it works! Just great characters!

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    GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge One and Done.

  • Sam Quixote

    I suspected Trump’s election broke G. Willow Wilson’s brain in the last Ms Marvel book – now I’m convinced it has! Ms Marvel has jumped (Trumped?) the shark – Volume 8: Mecca is so pants, I’m abandoning this title.

    In the main story, Wilson indulges in the popular far-left fantasy where the normal rules of democracy have been suspended because Trump is a literal Nazi and America is now a fascist state. The New Jersey mayor has been replaced by a right-wing Nazi white supremacist demagogue (read:

    I suspected Trump’s election broke G. Willow Wilson’s brain in the last Ms Marvel book – now I’m convinced it has! Ms Marvel has jumped (Trumped?) the shark – Volume 8: Mecca is so pants, I’m abandoning this title.

    In the main story, Wilson indulges in the popular far-left fantasy where the normal rules of democracy have been suspended because Trump is a literal Nazi and America is now a fascist state. The New Jersey mayor has been replaced by a right-wing Nazi white supremacist demagogue (read: Hydra, because this is Marvel) whose self-appointed white Stormtroopers are rounding up Muslims, Inhumans and anyone else deemed not part of the “real” Jersey.

    It’s an embarrassingly contrived setup for Wilson’s extremist liberal worldview - she doesn’t even attempt to explain why a democratically-elected mayor can be randomly ousted from office because that would reveal the absurdity of the situation! Predictably for someone with such a one-sided perspective, she’s completely unable to write the villains as anything but bland one-dimensional bad guys who aren’t in the least bit interesting. Her SS officer character, Discord, mumbles some crap about acceptance but it’s not at all convincing or remotely indicative of how a real person thinks – it’s shocking how lazy Wilson’s writing has gotten. You can imagine how the tediousness eventually plays out – such a bore.

    The other story, where Ms Marvel teams up with Red Dagger to stop a runaway train, shows that Wilson knows as little about railways as she does about anyone right of the far left! Apparently in America if a train’s brakes fails, they keep other trains running on connecting tracks and hope for the best. And of course have no other safety measures! And Kamala suddenly has the strength to literally lift a speeding train off the tracks and reattach it seamlessly onto a parallel track. And fuse two tracks into one. And lift up one carriage to slow down the others. If you’re gonna be that silly about it, why not just give her a magic wand to wave?

    Red Dagger is a mostly pointless addition. He cuts a rope with a knife and then stands back gawping the rest of the time. How does Kamala not put two and two together – she’s amazed he’s here in America after first encountering him in Pakistan, when just a couple pages earlier she met Kareem, who she also met in Pakistan who just happens to have started at her school??? How does she not know it’s him anyway – his scarf barely covers his face! Ditto her mask – why doesn’t everyone, especially her brother, clock that Kamala is Ms Marvel?! There’s suspension of disbelief and there’s this book.

    Ms Marvel was a great series once upon a time but the stories and writing have devolved significantly of late and the focus and tone has become far too politically driven for my taste. I’m sure like-minded readers will love her confirming their biases in their collective echo chamber but I’m done with this childish, propagandist, far left dogma. Nice knowing you Kamala, it was fun while it lasted!

  • Brierly

    Volume 8 of

    ties up the series 2 plot of gentrification and Jersey City. As always, Kamala is endearing and worth rooting for; I did enjoy the first cycle of these comics more (Vols. 1-4) but I will continue reading this series for the foreseeable future.

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