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Ms. Marvel drafts two recruits from the Initiative...Machine Man and Sleepwalker? When Arana is kidnapped, it's time for Carol Danvers to use her newly expanded strike force to squash an evil that's hit too close to home The ongoing team of writer Brian Reed and artist Aaron Lopresti knock it out of the park with a story that will have fans of female heroes buzzing. Collect Ms. Marvel drafts two recruits from the Initiative...Machine Man and Sleepwalker? When Arana is kidnapped, it's time for Carol Danvers to use her newly expanded strike force to squash an evil that's hit too close to home The ongoing team of writer Brian Reed and artist Aaron Lopresti knock it out of the park with a story that will have fans of female heroes buzzing. Collecting: Ms. Marvel 18-24


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Ms. Marvel drafts two recruits from the Initiative...Machine Man and Sleepwalker? When Arana is kidnapped, it's time for Carol Danvers to use her newly expanded strike force to squash an evil that's hit too close to home The ongoing team of writer Brian Reed and artist Aaron Lopresti knock it out of the park with a story that will have fans of female heroes buzzing. Collect Ms. Marvel drafts two recruits from the Initiative...Machine Man and Sleepwalker? When Arana is kidnapped, it's time for Carol Danvers to use her newly expanded strike force to squash an evil that's hit too close to home The ongoing team of writer Brian Reed and artist Aaron Lopresti knock it out of the park with a story that will have fans of female heroes buzzing. Collecting: Ms. Marvel 18-24

30 review for Ms. Marvel, Volume 4: Monster Smash

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Machine Man and Sleepwalker join Ms. Marvel's Operation: Lighting Storm squad (Is this not the worst name for a team?). Machine Man adds some much needed humor to the book fresh off his turn in NextWAVE. The team goes up against an even pervier take on the Puppet Master as he's engaged in sex trafficking. Then Cru returns to help take down the Brood again bringing closure to that story from the first arc. Aaron Lopresti's art is very good. These stories aren't bad, nor are they memorable. It's a Machine Man and Sleepwalker join Ms. Marvel's Operation: Lighting Storm squad (Is this not the worst name for a team?). Machine Man adds some much needed humor to the book fresh off his turn in NextWAVE. The team goes up against an even pervier take on the Puppet Master as he's engaged in sex trafficking. Then Cru returns to help take down the Brood again bringing closure to that story from the first arc. Aaron Lopresti's art is very good. These stories aren't bad, nor are they memorable. It's a by the numbers superhero title.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    This volume really embraces the absurdity of comics, letting Ms. Marvel lash out a lot more, although there's a Deus Ex Machina surrounding her that tends to lessen the feeling of a threat. This volume also brings in MachineMan, whose presence automatically adds a star from anyone who enjoyed NextWAVE (and he's not far off his terrible best here, adding a lot of laughs). The first multi-issue story, about a pervy creep Puppet Master who is involved in the sex trade (a topic that only gets the br This volume really embraces the absurdity of comics, letting Ms. Marvel lash out a lot more, although there's a Deus Ex Machina surrounding her that tends to lessen the feeling of a threat. This volume also brings in MachineMan, whose presence automatically adds a star from anyone who enjoyed NextWAVE (and he's not far off his terrible best here, adding a lot of laughs). The first multi-issue story, about a pervy creep Puppet Master who is involved in the sex trade (a topic that only gets the briefest of consideration, in favor of excessive violence) has its moments, even if it falls into the trap of multiple catfights (it calls them out even as it engages in them). The second story, Monster and Marvel, serves as closure for the title, returning to a plot thread from the first volume and explaining some of the odd moments from throughout the series. It is action-packed, although the relation between Ms. Marvel and her temporary ally bounces around like a pinball. And the ultimate fate of the ally and villain are both really cheap. As is the last page reveal, which ties the book into the next major event (and raises all sorts of questions about how the events of the volume align with the reveal). The art is strong overall, and the story it tells is pretty straightforward, with a lot of action. While it still feels like it's undercutting the power of the character, she does seem to recognize her abilities a bit more here. I still think the later reboots of the character are better, but this was still an enjoyable read (though much of that I attribute to Aaron Stack/MachineMan).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell

    There's definitely bits of this book I do like. But the pacing is off. And it ends up being monster of the week. And the monster appears without warning with an implied backstory. And then it is dead and gone just as the next monster appears. And Carol's relationships have that same feel - whether with Anya or Wonder Man or whom ever. And her powers also have that randomness. So not exactly a bad book, the writing and art was okay. Just not a particularly good one. There's definitely bits of this book I do like. But the pacing is off. And it ends up being monster of the week. And the monster appears without warning with an implied backstory. And then it is dead and gone just as the next monster appears. And Carol's relationships have that same feel - whether with Anya or Wonder Man or whom ever. And her powers also have that randomness. So not exactly a bad book, the writing and art was okay. Just not a particularly good one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I have no idea why I keep reading these especially when I am really not enjoying them. I was unclear where this picked up from even with the recap at the beginning of the book. I did not hate this but it is just not something that I am really liking.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Roman Colombo

    Um....okay...so there was some great stuff here dealing with Carol's shortcomings and strengths...and then there is some weird sexist stuff that makes it really clear it's a male creative team. Mind-controlled beautiful women? Really? And the first image is of Ms. Marvel dangling from puppet strings...which actually has nothing to do with the story. Just...yeah. I loved the alien Cru though. Especially when she's telling Carol to essentially "woman up." Carol is a powerful warrior, but also worri Um....okay...so there was some great stuff here dealing with Carol's shortcomings and strengths...and then there is some weird sexist stuff that makes it really clear it's a male creative team. Mind-controlled beautiful women? Really? And the first image is of Ms. Marvel dangling from puppet strings...which actually has nothing to do with the story. Just...yeah. I loved the alien Cru though. Especially when she's telling Carol to essentially "woman up." Carol is a powerful warrior, but also worried a boy doesn't like her. Cru will have none of that.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Yikes

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Better than vol 3 for sure. Looks like it's getting interesting again! Better than vol 3 for sure. Looks like it's getting interesting again!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    A 4 star volume with the return of Cru, an alien Carol has fought before, who comes looking for her. Cru is far more interesting in this volume than she has previously been and forces Ms. Marvel to take a look at herself and her own actions and behavior. The Puppet Master arc in the beginning was okay. It was weirdly gross. Even if the point was that enslaving women is heinous at the same time it felt like wish fulfillment fantasy aimed at the reader. The second arc with the brood was great thou A 4 star volume with the return of Cru, an alien Carol has fought before, who comes looking for her. Cru is far more interesting in this volume than she has previously been and forces Ms. Marvel to take a look at herself and her own actions and behavior. The Puppet Master arc in the beginning was okay. It was weirdly gross. Even if the point was that enslaving women is heinous at the same time it felt like wish fulfillment fantasy aimed at the reader. The second arc with the brood was great though as Carol and Cru teamed up against the Brood Queen. The whole volume gets an extra star because of the delightful Machine Man. He stole the spotlight the entire volume.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    So she went out with William *once* and basically obsesses over him every few pages of this volume? Blech. But. . .why? I thought this was interesting, seemed to throw back a lot (which actually. . . most of this series has "thrown back" to other classic villains or characters). So the end with Cru was kind of amazing (no spoiler). Machine Man or Aaron, as he prefers, was pretty funny as well. So she went out with William *once* and basically obsesses over him every few pages of this volume? Blech. But. . .why? I thought this was interesting, seemed to throw back a lot (which actually. . . most of this series has "thrown back" to other classic villains or characters). So the end with Cru was kind of amazing (no spoiler). Machine Man or Aaron, as he prefers, was pretty funny as well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rocky Sunico

    This finally ties up the story about the alien Cru and its effect on Carol Danvers. It was a decent enough explanation but not an amazing one. Bringing in the likes of Machine Man and Sleepwalker felt very random but I guess it sort of worked out to give Ms. Marvel more of an ensemble. The bigger mystery is Agent Sum and his seeming super healing abilities but I suppose that'll be further explored in another story. This finally ties up the story about the alien Cru and its effect on Carol Danvers. It was a decent enough explanation but not an amazing one. Bringing in the likes of Machine Man and Sleepwalker felt very random but I guess it sort of worked out to give Ms. Marvel more of an ensemble. The bigger mystery is Agent Sum and his seeming super healing abilities but I suppose that'll be further explored in another story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    I love Carol especially the Ms Marvel era's and while this was a fun little story it felt just strange to read. The side characters all played a huge role into that feeling - Anya was incredibly annoying throughout the entire thing, MachineMan was honestly entertaining, Sleepwalker? Why? Etc. Carol herself was being overshadowed by other things within the book. It's a fun read but there are better ones out there being honest. I love Carol especially the Ms Marvel era's and while this was a fun little story it felt just strange to read. The side characters all played a huge role into that feeling - Anya was incredibly annoying throughout the entire thing, MachineMan was honestly entertaining, Sleepwalker? Why? Etc. Carol herself was being overshadowed by other things within the book. It's a fun read but there are better ones out there being honest.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ralph Wark

    Cru!! The swarm! The Queen! Mm seems to take a page out of "Alien" here, but it works. Good story arc about invaders, blue heroes, and possible Skull I posters in the lightning crew. Plenty of action and the class MM angst, the Sturm und drang is quite heavy here. Still, an entertaining read. Cru!! The swarm! The Queen! Mm seems to take a page out of "Alien" here, but it works. Good story arc about invaders, blue heroes, and possible Skull I posters in the lightning crew. Plenty of action and the class MM angst, the Sturm und drang is quite heavy here. Still, an entertaining read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cande

    I liked the plot, mostly because I really don't know much about Carol and her history at all. So I'm glad to see her past. I liked Cru a lot, very interesting character. And it starts to bother me that Carol is the only woman of the story, why can't be more agents or superheroines helping her? I liked the plot, mostly because I really don't know much about Carol and her history at all. So I'm glad to see her past. I liked Cru a lot, very interesting character. And it starts to bother me that Carol is the only woman of the story, why can't be more agents or superheroines helping her?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rohail

    Really picked up halfway through but the series so far is still not the most well structured or has any characters worth emotionally investing in. Not yet anyway. ⭐️⭐️ for Ms. Marvel: Puppets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ms. Marvel: Monster and Marvel

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    I'm not the biggest fan of the Brood, but I'm a huge fan of Aaron Stack, and I'm thrilled to see him used to such good effect in this book. I'm not the biggest fan of the Brood, but I'm a huge fan of Aaron Stack, and I'm thrilled to see him used to such good effect in this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Ogden

    Disjointed. Melodrama with not conclusion. The art was consistently good throughout all the entire run. The story is a little repetitive and becomes dull as a result.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    4.5 rounded up Finally feels like it's really hit its stride 4.5 rounded up Finally feels like it's really hit its stride

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adam Graham

    We get seven issues and two stories. First up is the three-part story Puppets. Puppets does some nice things. It really strengthens Operation Lightning Storm by introducing Robotman and the the giant stalking character of the Sleepwalker. They (particularly Machine Man) have a solid time. With Miss Marvel, we get to see the level of concern to Anya. The Puppet Master makes a sick villain. The four-part "Monster and the Marvel" story finds Carol dragged off by the Cru to Monster Island as Carol ret We get seven issues and two stories. First up is the three-part story Puppets. Puppets does some nice things. It really strengthens Operation Lightning Storm by introducing Robotman and the the giant stalking character of the Sleepwalker. They (particularly Machine Man) have a solid time. With Miss Marvel, we get to see the level of concern to Anya. The Puppet Master makes a sick villain. The four-part "Monster and the Marvel" story finds Carol dragged off by the Cru to Monster Island as Carol retained a part of the Cru which explains her high healing factor. However, their powers are turned off and they find the Brood are on the island. This is a decent action story with a lot of madacap moments. Overall, this is the best Miss Marvel so far with two strong stories that provide some key insight into Carol's character.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    An interesting story revolving around the Puppet Master, with a nice bit of background into Carol's Kree side, as well as a nice lead in to the Secret Invasion storyline. An interesting story revolving around the Puppet Master, with a nice bit of background into Carol's Kree side, as well as a nice lead in to the Secret Invasion storyline.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Holden Attradies

    I felt this was just as good as the last volume, if not a little better. There was a deep exploration of who Carol Danvers is, which I always enjoy because she is one of the more complex female super heroes in the Marvel Universe. But before moving on, damn Machine Man stole the show. Every page he was one was pure awesome and had me laughing and almost wishing this was a machine man series and not my favorite super heroines. The first story, the one with Puppet Master as the villain, it was almos I felt this was just as good as the last volume, if not a little better. There was a deep exploration of who Carol Danvers is, which I always enjoy because she is one of the more complex female super heroes in the Marvel Universe. But before moving on, damn Machine Man stole the show. Every page he was one was pure awesome and had me laughing and almost wishing this was a machine man series and not my favorite super heroines. The first story, the one with Puppet Master as the villain, it was almost shockingly "mature." But I enjoyed it, and how awful what he was doing was. It's something that someone who is a villain and could control minds WOULD do in the real world and the fact that mind control villains in comics rarely use their powers for sexual means is kind of a white elephant in the room: they mostly don't because that's too adult. But it was dealt with perfectly here, and it was great seeing Carol lose it and KILL him over it. I'm not as sure how I felt about the second arc. I enjoy "cosmic" heroes much less than more down to earth ones, but conversely the Brood are some of my favorite bad guys. I enjoyed how it gave a chance for Carol to explore more of her past and who she is. And I REALLY enjoyed how she disposed of the Brood Queen, how the writer totally hung a hot on the fact she would be back to fight another day (much like the almost breaking of the fourth wall with M.O.D.O.C.K.'s explosion in the last volume). Mostly I'm left wanting to know what's up with the boy friend (and doubting she's a Skrull agent having already read Secret Invasion)!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Four stars because of Machine Man who has shot his way into my favourites list! Without him this would have been another so-so volume. And again Horn's covers continue to be horrible.. When will they end?! So in this collection there is the super creepy Puppet Master.. Sorry, Philip Masters.. Who's somehow found more powerful clay to work with ad taken to kidnapping and selling women, including super powered women.. Gross. The terrifying implications of this aren't dwelt on too much. In the latte Four stars because of Machine Man who has shot his way into my favourites list! Without him this would have been another so-so volume. And again Horn's covers continue to be horrible.. When will they end?! So in this collection there is the super creepy Puppet Master.. Sorry, Philip Masters.. Who's somehow found more powerful clay to work with ad taken to kidnapping and selling women, including super powered women.. Gross. The terrifying implications of this aren't dwelt on too much. In the latter half Carol has to deal with Cru and The Brood again, and get stuck on Monster Island. All that I found a bit confusing.. But Machine Man is there and that brought me joy! Finally I do feel like Carol is getting a better arc and both these stories force her to confront some dark truths about herself. I'm interested in where we'll be going with that. But Carol is still to defeat a villain by herself.. She always needs her teams help. I am hoping she'll get her shit together soon! And I'm still bored of Wonder Man.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    The two storylines both work really well. The Puppet Master storyline could be a bit creepier, but the enclave of puppet slaves is interesting and the new members of Ms. Marvel's team add levity. Brian Reed does a good job scavenging Machine Man and Sleepwalker from Warren Ellis and Robert Kirkman, who made those characters interesting. The second story wraps up the alien storyline that's been lingering since the early Ms. Marvel books. The story may gets too introspective in parts, but works wel The two storylines both work really well. The Puppet Master storyline could be a bit creepier, but the enclave of puppet slaves is interesting and the new members of Ms. Marvel's team add levity. Brian Reed does a good job scavenging Machine Man and Sleepwalker from Warren Ellis and Robert Kirkman, who made those characters interesting. The second story wraps up the alien storyline that's been lingering since the early Ms. Marvel books. The story may gets too introspective in parts, but works well. The Brood are creepy, even if they're really just the same villain as in the Alien movies.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Phillips Masters is causing trouble down in Chile which leads to cat-fights and Ms Marvel discovering the source of those voices she's been hearing. Better then average art but weak story. This team (Ms. Marvel, Wonder Man, Sleepwalker, Machine Man and Agent Sum) never really clicks although Machine Man does have some funny moments. Notes Some interesting facets to Agent Sum are revealed. Learning Curve Moderate: Those new to Marvel comics might be confused. Reading Order Occurs before Secret Invasion Phillips Masters is causing trouble down in Chile which leads to cat-fights and Ms Marvel discovering the source of those voices she's been hearing. Better then average art but weak story. This team (Ms. Marvel, Wonder Man, Sleepwalker, Machine Man and Agent Sum) never really clicks although Machine Man does have some funny moments. Notes Some interesting facets to Agent Sum are revealed. Learning Curve Moderate: Those new to Marvel comics might be confused. Reading Order Occurs before Secret Invasion

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karl Kindt

    There is much to like about this volume of Ms. Marvel; in fact, it is probably some of the best MM stuff ever, if not THE best. It has Monster Island, Machine Man, Sleepwalker, and tons of action with very little emo narration, like previous volumes. The art is good-girl style (and good), probably the best work I have seen by Lopresti. Fun read and a caring take on the character (who has been abused at times by some writers in the past).

  25. 4 out of 5

    A. Nixon

    It's been a long while since I read the first three Ms. Marvels, so I'll admit that I was a little lost coming into this one, but it came together in the end. I like the inclusion of the new superheroes (I think Sleepwalker and Rick have great potential, although I feel a little sorry for Rick, being all left behind!), and the back story that we got on Cru. I don't know the history of the Brood and all that but this volume helped me put some of the pieces together. Very interesting. It's been a long while since I read the first three Ms. Marvels, so I'll admit that I was a little lost coming into this one, but it came together in the end. I like the inclusion of the new superheroes (I think Sleepwalker and Rick have great potential, although I feel a little sorry for Rick, being all left behind!), and the back story that we got on Cru. I don't know the history of the Brood and all that but this volume helped me put some of the pieces together. Very interesting.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tara Calaby

    This was entertaining, but not as good overall as the last couple of collections. There's a lot of great character development when it comes to Carol, and the addition of Machine Man to the team provides some amusement, but there were a few too many lulls and I wasn't as big a fan of Tocchini's pencils in issue 20 as I was of Lopresti's in the other issues. This was entertaining, but not as good overall as the last couple of collections. There's a lot of great character development when it comes to Carol, and the addition of Machine Man to the team provides some amusement, but there were a few too many lulls and I wasn't as big a fan of Tocchini's pencils in issue 20 as I was of Lopresti's in the other issues.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gab

    I'm happy Carol got a reality check about her rash personality and its possible consequences, however I find the brood profoundly uninteresting foes. I'm going to miss Cru, we were just starting to become acquainted. Highlight: Sleepwalker calling Machine Man "Machine ManWoman". I'm happy Carol got a reality check about her rash personality and its possible consequences, however I find the brood profoundly uninteresting foes. I'm going to miss Cru, we were just starting to become acquainted. Highlight: Sleepwalker calling Machine Man "Machine ManWoman".

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy Lawrence

    These two stories went together very well! Although I felt that there wasn't much major character development going on throughout these issues, I loved the overall plot that these volume had going! The puppet master half could have been more creepy though.. These two stories went together very well! Although I felt that there wasn't much major character development going on throughout these issues, I loved the overall plot that these volume had going! The puppet master half could have been more creepy though..

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharla

    I felt like this TPB ended on a fascinating note as Carol is looking within while simultaneously it coming to light that she's being impersonated by a Skrull. I was thinking about taking a break from this run, but now I'm reconsidering.... I felt like this TPB ended on a fascinating note as Carol is looking within while simultaneously it coming to light that she's being impersonated by a Skrull. I was thinking about taking a break from this run, but now I'm reconsidering....

  30. 4 out of 5

    Randy

    each issue makes ms marvel more and more my favorite marvel character

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