Goodreads: Ms. Marvel: Last Days
Series: Ms. Marvel #4
Kamala has had her heart broken and it feels like the end of the world. But when realities begin to collide, she has to find a way to carry on and help the people she loves. But what does a superhero do when she can’t save the day?
I have been a fan of Kamala Khan from the beginning. Her story has always focused on who Kamala is as a person, how she struggles to find acceptance, to communicate with her family, to follow her heart, and to stand up for her moral convictions. She may punch supervillains, but her story has never been about the mere thrill of action–it’s always been about the struggle to find a way to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.
Volume 4 places emphasis on all the characteristics that make Kamala so special. The installments in this collection show a writer who has found her voice. The pointed references to Millenials, the speeches about Millenial concerns, the somewhat clunky dialogue showing that Kamala is a fangirl just like the rest of us are gone. Instead, the story focuses on the heart of Kamala–her moral struggles to find a way to serve the world but not burn out. She still has her endearing fangirl moments, but they seem natural here, not forced, and the audience isn’t being hammered with the message that Kamala is “cool” and “relatable.” Kamala is relatable but it goes beyond her knowledge of superhero facts. It goes to the heart of what it means to be a superhero, to be inspired by superheroes.
The storyline here focuses on the end of the world and whether or not the characters have the courage to meet it with dignity. Kamala is watching the world fall apart through fear and violence, but has to find the strength to meet that fear with love. After all, the scariest thing for a superhero is to stand by knowing that the end may come and there is nothing she can do about it. Simply being present for those around her, simply trying to provide them with a sense of community, does not seem like enough. Her acceptance of her limitations and her decision to be strong in the face of defeat are defining moments for her character.
I cried my way through this beautiful and moving storyline. Ms. Marvel has never been so inspirational. I can’t wait to see where the story takes us next.