Magnificent Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Stormranger by Saladin Ahmed
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is the second collected volume of Ms. Marvel, now titled Magnificent Ms. Marvel, after Saladin Ahmed took over from G. Willow Wilson as head writer. Back on Earth after the events of the first collection, "Destined," which had both Kamala and her parents spending time offworld, Kamala's story settles into more comfortable territory. The major exception is the continued mysterious illness of her father, which is dealt with in the second half of this volume (by Doctor Strange, in a rather odd cameo).
I did like this--in particular, the advancement of Kamala's burgeoning relationship with Bruno, as he admits he loves her--but at the same time, it feels a bit like a retread of stuff that's been done before. I keep thinking back to Buffy the Vampire Slayer--as good as the stories set in high school were, Buffy and the Scooby Gang had to graduate eventually. Kamala's been talking about applying to colleges etc. for some time, and the fact of her hiding her superhero life from her family is wearing really thin. Perhaps it's time that she leaves both high school and her hidden life behind.
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