Marvel's Ms. Marvel Faces Off With... Loki?

Ahead of her Disney+ TV series, Kamala Khan embarks on a journey of self-discovery in Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit. The series is written by Samira Ahmed and drawn by Andrés Genolet, as Kamala peers into the multiverse in search of her destiny. The debut issue of Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit welcomes new readers to Kamala's journey while focusing on what qualities have made her one of the most popular comic book characters of the past decade. It is a fun, stylish read that serves as the perfect primer for the hero as she gets ready for a starring role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #1 opens with Kamala visiting her cousin Razia in Chicago. Razia is a scientist who specializes in multiversal theory and closely follows the work of the Wasp, whose work with quantum entanglement could revolutionize her studies. After Kamala and Razia share breakfast, Kamala breaks to see some last-minute tourist attractions. Upon visiting the Bean, Kamala ponders about the possibilities of other Ms. Marvels from other realities and what it would be like to meet them. Unfortunately, Kamala loses track of time and realizes that Razia is late for their lunch plans. Worried, Kamala breaks into her cousin's lab, where she finds that Razia is injured, and somebody is messing with a device that connects different universes. Kamala defeats the cloaked trespasser, puts the machine where she thinks it belongs, calls an ambulance for Razia, and flies back to New Jersey. However, when she gets home, Ms. Marvel learns that something is wrong with reality when she comes face-to-face with the God of Mischief, Loki.

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Writer Samira Ahmed takes on her first Marvel work with Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #1, making the leap from young adult fiction to comics. Ahmed prioritizes characterization throughout the issue, delving deep into the mind of Kamala to understand what makes her compelling and charming. Ahmed does her best work when Kamala reflects on her origin and the hectic life she has led in the years since. While a lot of this information may be a retread to longtime readers, it is an accessible introduction to the character for new fans. In addition, Ahmed has a firm handle on Kamala's voice and makes her an enjoyable lead character with enough flaws to make her sloppy mistakes seem plausible.

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Joining Ahmed is longtime Runaways artist Andrés Genolet. As he has shown throughout Runaways, Genolet succeeds in making small, slice-of-life moments feel captivating. His depiction of Kamala is expressive and engaging, which contrasts well against the dark doppelgangers depicted across possible multiverses. Genolet excels at some of the issue's most-ridiculous scenarios, such as a spontaneous Bollywood dance number. Triona Farrell's colors bring this sequence to life, casting Kamala in radiant hues that create a light-hearted and bewildering atmosphere. A palpable joy comes across from these pages, and it effectively turns the book on its head as Ms. Marvel questions the very nature of her reality.

Overall, Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #1 is a lovingly-made introduction to Kamala Khan. Ahmed's streamlined story allows for sharp characterization, while Genolet and Farrell's art establishes a welcoming atmosphere for new readers. With Beyond the Limit rumored to impact Kamala's powers, the series should be considered a must-read for fans of all ages who want to see Ms. Marvel take on her toughest challenge to date.

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