Kamala Kahn can be in the the thick of taking down a giant bird clone of Edison and still be the realest superhero ever conceived. That is why it’s hard not to talk about this comic without being glowing and positive from the moment you finish the last pages of the issue.

So, as I said, Kamala finally takes down the bird-clone of Edison that has been stealing kids in order to make a green-power source to save the world from its overpopulation and pollution problems. However, she can’t do it alone. Her best friend being turned into a battery, Lockjaw in serious danger, and a giant robot bearing down on the friends she assembled to take out Edison, Kamala is in serious trouble and unable to save all three.

“This is too big for one person,” she says in the midst of a battle she’s about to lose, “I thought I could handle it all on my own… but wanting to handle it and actually handling it are two different things.” So she calls for back-up, with the police coming in just in the nick of time to keep everyone safe.

And while I’m totally enthralled by the action, Kamala’s thoughts make me think about all the stressful things in my life, and I realize that I go through the same things. Sure, I’m not a superhero with bendy and embiggening powers, but I — as well as a lot of the readers, I’m sure– have trouble asking for help because I always think I can handle the problem.

Kamala is such an excellent role model for teenagers and adults alike. Not only is the storyline consistently funny and action-packed from issue to issue, it engages the reader to think of their own lives and how it relates to her… which sort of makes you feel like a superhero in the long run.

So, for an eleventh, and unprecedented, time I give ‘Ms. Marvel’:


Story by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Adrian Alphona