Ms. Marvel, Vol. 9: Teenage Wasteland

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 9: Teenage Wasteland

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!...

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Title:Ms. Marvel, Vol. 9: Teenage Wasteland
Author:G. Willow Wilson
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Edition Language:English

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 9: Teenage Wasteland Reviews

  • Paul E. Morph

    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.

  • Kristin

    3.5

    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

    3.5

    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 to right the ship she built. With Nico Leon on permanent art duties now, maybe some of that whimsy will return.

  • David 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.

    “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. the rest of us doing things for ourselves. That “what makes a hero” thing.

    There’s a lot of stuff going on, otherwise. The Inventor comes back, yawn. Bruno comes back and is funny and flips the script on the whole ugly right-wing American s-hole country move. The “disadvantaged” teens of America. And so Briuno and Kamala get to talk. And she and Carol make up. There’s teen love and triangles. Mainly this is Ms. Marvel focusing on personal issues. It’s goofy teen humor and art. I don’t love the color choices but I might be in a minority here. 3-3.5 for my tastes, but the team is trying to establish more of the positive energy so I’ll round up.

  • Ashley

    Should I just copy and paste things from my previous reviews of this series so as to just really hammer the point home?

    Should I just copy and paste things from my previous reviews of this series so as to just really hammer the point home?

    Nine trades in, and this series is still awesome and I love it. Literally the only thing keeping me from giving it five stars is that I am now completely unwilling to believe that Kamala's friends don't know/guess that she's Ms. Marvel. (Oh, and also Captain Marvel didn't apologize to Kamala, and I really need that to happen.) ESPECIALLY since this entire book consists of all of Kamala's friends picking up her slack, as Ms. Marvel has mysteriously disappeared at the same time as Kamala, whose family says she's fine and just going to a new school. COINCIDENCE?? Anyway, seriously, they all have to know by now so stop pretending, book.

    So they take turns trying to be Ms. Marvel, helping the citizens of Jersey City out, but when the Inventor turns up again (remember that guy? he used to be a bird, but now he's not? Anymore?) they are completely out of their depth, none of them having any real superpowers to speak of.

    Kamala is absent for most of this volume, but that's okay, she's going through something. And her friends (and family) are great. And Bruno! Bruno's back! Yay! I've been so upset since they've been estranged.

    Anyway, it's been forever since I read this and I'm behind in reviews, so this will be the last sentence of this review.

    [4.5 stars]

  • Scott S.

    I was skeptical at first about

    . 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

    I was skeptical at first about

    . 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 while free on parole, after all.

    Kamala returns for the second half - along with a surprise appearance from another Marvel heroine - which is heavier on dialogue and lighter on the action. However, love is in the air, and there are a number of great scenes (Kamala seeking guidance from her community's spiritual leader - amusing and thoughtful; some observations on high school cliques) that keep the series running strong.

  • Roy

    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.

  • Chad

    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.

  • Renata

    (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

  • Diz

    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.

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