Ms. Marvel #1 (1977)

All aboard the bandwagon! The Captain Marvel trailer dropped so now it’s time to cram some of the character’s biggest hits! (Though I myself have always preferred her as Ms. Marvel, but to each their own). Let’s take a gander at her premiere solo book!

#spoilers

Produced by the grand slam team of Gerry Conway and John Buscema, this first issue has it all. It starts off fast with Ms. Marvel fighting crime, and then we see her as Carol Danvers attaining a job working under J. Jonah Jameson, where she inevitably bumps into Peter Parker and Mary Jane (gotta have a big character cameo to sell the first book, right?).

Speaking of big characters – who’s the big baddie that Ms. Marvel clashes with in her first tale? … THE SCORPION! … Really? That’s who we wanna go with? But honestly, it’s ingenious. It ties in well with Jameson, in turn tying to Carol’s blossoming career, plus it’s not so big that we’re throwing the big guns at her just yet. Start off small, but start of fun. I like it.

We also learn that Carol suffers from amnesia, which is pretty cool. It’s kinda like lycanthropy, where Ms. Marvel and Carol Danvers cannot remember their respective egos. It’s something you don’t see too often in superheroes. I can only think of the Hulk as the best comparison, but it’s a little different here.

A solid first issue and a great place to start if you want to ride the bandwagon like I’m going to over the next while.

TL;DR Score: Make Mine Ms. Marvel.

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