My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: December 2016
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action, Superheroes, Coming of Age, Culture
While CIVIL WAR II brews, the next generation of Avengers has bigger things to worry about – like a tri-state academic competition! As rival schools clash, Ms. Marvel’s teammates Spider-Man and Nova are now her enemies! But when Kamala gets called to the real battle’s front line, she faces a fight she can’t embiggen her way out of. She’s about to learn a valuable lesson: Never meet your idols! As war intensifies, tragedy strikes too close to home – and Ms. Marvel must choose between her heroes and her family. When friends become foes, Ms. Marvel struggles to put her life and Jersey City back together. Kamala will be forced to grow up fast and find her true place in the world. But will she be an international sensation…or a menace?
You know right away that if the title of a work contains the words ‘‘civil’’ and ‘‘war,’’ it’s going to be very serious… and emotional.
Whenever Kamala thinks she might have figured out how to deal with the criminals of Jersey City and keep the people she loves safe, she is proven wrong. Over and over again.
This time, Captain Marvel shows up again and introduces her to a new group of people who fight crime and criminals… before the criminals actually commit anything wrong.
They have someone in their group who can just… predict when something horrible will happen, and so, the group, now including Ms. Marvel, can show up early and stop the criminal from acting.
At first it all seems to work out well and Kamala is so relieved someone who can read the future even exists, but she eventually realizes that you cannot play with fate without causing unwanted repercussions.
As always, the action is great and Kamala formidable. I really connected to this particular issue, because of how controversial it is, so it’s impossible not to think about it and explore the different opinions the characters have upon it. I had a blast reading it.
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