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Ms. Marvel: Last Days (Marvel Comics, 2014; #16-19)

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This is the way the world ends.

This is the way the world ends.

This is the way the world ends.

Not with fear but with hope.

  • This arc of Ms. Marvel ties into Secret Wars and the final incursion that destroyed the Marvel Universe.
  • Carol Danvers shows up to tell Kamala that there’s nothing she can do—instead, they team up to make sure Kamala’s family and friends are safe.
  • The end of the world serves as a clarifying moment for Kamala:  what will she do, who will she be?
  • Ultimately, this arc is about the hope in face of adversity that comes with being a superhero—it’s something I’ve been missing in a lot of comics lately, and I was glad to see it here.
  • It’s pretty clear that this arc was important to the entire creative team—everything from G. Willow Wilson’s writing to Adrian Alphona’s lines to Ian Herring’s colors to Joe Caramagna’s letters is the best this book has been so far.

If you haven’t tried Ms. Marvel, you’re missing some of the best of what superhero comics have to offer.

Collected in

  • Ms. Marvel. Vol. 4: Last Days (#16-19, material from Amazing Spider-Man #7-8)
  • Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2 (#12-19, S.H.I.E.L.D. #2, material from Amazing Spider-Man #7-8)

Credits

Writer: G. Willow Wilson | Artist: Adrian Alphona | Colorist: Ian Herring | Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna | Covers: Kris Anka | Assistant Editors: Charles Beacham, Devin Lewis | Editor: Sana Amanat | Senior Editor: Nick Lowe

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