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Off the Shelf: Ms. Marvel volume #2: Generation Why

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation WhyMs. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kamala Khan is back & on the trail of the Inventor, who keeps sending droids & scouts to test her abilities. As she works to keep the Inventor from uncovering her real life, Kamala is quickly learning the price of leading a double life. After a brief mission with Wolverine, where she helps him locate a runaway from the Jean Grey School, Ms. Marvel meets the Inhumans, finds out a little bit more about her powers & sets off to finish her search with a new faithful friend–a huge dog named Lockjaw. It’s only a matter of time before the Inventor tracks her down & his minions reveal a few harsh truths about his plans.

This collection had plenty of emotional stakes & satisfying moments for me. First, the encounter with Wolverine is a lot of fun & gets Kamala to address some of the practicalities of what she’s trying to do. Having her face the continued hardship of her relationships getting more complicated with her heroic deeds is also a steady thruline that provides plenty of tension. The last collection had her heart-to-heart with her dad & this one has Nakia’s friendship as the latest strained relationship. But at least Ms. Marvel is getting the message–her interior monologue about working with others comes at a crucial bittersweet moment. Thankfully her allies show up in time, but this reader certainly wonders what will happen next time she is caught alone. And yes, the giant weird doggy with the powers is super cute!

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