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Where To Start Reading Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) Comics [Reading Order + Guide]

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Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, is one of Marvel’s most popular character creations of the 21st century. It’s not hard to see why – the character is steeped in the publisher’s tradition of heroes with human elements. For Kamala, this is seen in growing up Muslim in America, dealing with family expectations, and even geeking out to superheroes. As a result, her comics became critically acclaimed and loved by countless fans.

With Ms. Marvel’s TV series arriving on Disney+, it has never been a better time to read her comics. But where do you start? Wonder no more. Wonder no more. This guide will point you in the direction and set you on your next reading binge. It lists all of the Ms. Marvel comics/graphic novels available and will answer all of your questions along the way.

Happy reading!

Who is the other Ms. Marvel?

Before going too far into the guide, it’s worth addressing that there was a Ms. Marvel before Kamala Khan. Carol Danvers had the name for a long time but is now known as Captain Marvel

This will focus solely on Kamala Khan.

Ms. Marvel TV poster.
Ms. Marvel TV poster.

How does the comics version differ from the MCU version?

Based on what has been shown of the MCU version so far, it appears that a lot of inspiration has been taken from the G. Willow Wilson era of the character. This includes her family dynamics and superhero geek outs. However, her powers deviate slightly from the original version in the comics.

The MCU appears to have energy powers that form shapes over her body, similar to Green Lantern. In the comics, she has body morphing powers. For instance, she can make her fist large or stretch her limbs.

Speaking with Empire, Kevin Feige explained that the deviation comes down to different trajectories in comics continuity vs MCU when the character is being introduced.

“[Kamala] came about in a very specific time within the comic-book continuity. She is now coming into a very specific time within the MCU continuity. And those two things didn’t match.”

This makes a lot of sense. In the comics, Kamala Khan was introduced during a time when the publisher was pushing The Inhumans hard and tied the character into that push. The Inhumans are not a priority in the MCU. It would probably take too much time to set the concepts required, hence changing things up for TV.

Where can I buy Ms. Marvel Comics and Graphic Novels?

Ms. Marvel Comics can be found at all good comic book shops, bookshops, online retailers, Amazon/Kindle, eBay, and Marvel Unlimited.

Discover more about the different options for finding comics with this handy guide.

Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal cover by Sara Pichelli.
Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal cover by Sara Pichelli.

Where to start reading Ms. Marvel

There are heaps of places where you can start reading Ms. Marvel.

If you want to find out more about her origin, then it’s best to start at the very beginning with Ms. Marvel (2014 series) #1. You can read subsequent issues from there.

Later jumping-on points include:

  • Ms. Marvel (2015 series) #1
  • Magnificent Ms. Marvel

There are plenty of self-contained stories too. These allow you to give the character a try without investing in a longer series. These include:

  • Ms. Marvel Team-Up
  • Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit
  • Ms. Marvel: Stretched Thin

More details about these stories and what to read next can be found in the following section.

What Ms. Marvel Comics are there?

There are lots! Take a look below to see all the trade paperbacks and graphic novels that feature Ms. Marvel. These are ordered in a good recommended reading order, with plenty of notes along the way to make reading as easy as possible.

Background Reading

If you REALLY want to know what the deal with the Terrigan Mist (which is what unlocked Kamala’s powers), you can read Inhumanity. This was a one-shot that set up a whole range of Inhumans comic book series in the mid 2010s.

It’s not essential reading. You can go into the first volume of Ms. Marvel (see the next section) without knowing about the events of Inhumanity. You’ll know as much about it as Kamala does.

Inhumanity

Written by Matt Fraction. Oliver Coipel.

Captain Marvel (2012 series) #14
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick. Art by Scott Hepburn and Gerardo Sandoval.

Before Ms. Marvel appeared in her own series, she made her first appearance in Captain Marvel (2012 series) #14.

Ms. Marvel art by Adrian Alphona.
Ms. Marvel art by Adrian Alphona.

G. Willow Wilson Era

G. Willow Wilson co-created Kamala Khan and wrote the character for more than 50 issues. This particular run is Ms. Marvel’s most celebrated and is a great place to start reading. It’s worth noting for those tracking down single issues or reading on Marvel Unlimited that this run is the combination of two series.

  • Ms. Marvel (2014 series)
  • Ms. Marvel (2015 series)

During this time, Marvel had a habit of giving comics a new issue #1 to try and boost sales and create new jumping-on points. While it did both of these, it can be confusing looking back at all of this. Luckily, the trade paperback collections (see below) kept their numbering.

As you will also see, I have put some optional reads in the mix. These are mostly series where Ms. Marvel was part of a team such as the Avengers or Champions. Check them out if you want even more Kamala Khan in your life. 

Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal
Written by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Adrian Alphona.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2014 series) #1-5 and material from All-New Marvel Now! Point One #1

Note: Check out Volume 1 if you want to read about how Kamala got her powers. Marvel has recently reworked this into an exclusive webtoon for Marvel Unlimited. You can also get it as an audiobook.

Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why
Written by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Adrian Alphona and Jacob Wyatt.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2014 series) #6-11

Ms. Marvel Volume 3: Crushed
Written by G. Willow Wilson and Mark Waid. Art by Takeshi Miyazawa, Elmo Bondoc, and Humberto Ramos.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2014 series) #12-15 and S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015 series) #2

Note: S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015 series) was an anthology style series which told self-contained stories featuring heroes teaming-up with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Ms. Marvel appeared in the second issue.

Ms. Marvel Volume 4: Last Days
Written by G. Willow Wilson, Dan Slott, and Christos Gage. Art by Adrian Alphona and Giuseppe Camuncoli.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2014 series) #16-19 and material from Amazing Spider-Man (2015 series) #7-8

Note: Ms. Marvel Volume 4 ties-in with Secret Wars. You should be fine to read this volume without knowledge of Secret Wars as it’s set before the main story.

Ms. Marvel Volume 5: Super Famous
Written by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Takeshi Mayazawa, Adrian Alphona, Nico Leon, and Ian Herring.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2015 series) #1-6

Note: As mentioned in above, Marvel relaunched the Ms. Marvel comic with a new number #1 issue to create a clean jumping on point. If you don’t have access to Volumes 1-4 then you can easily start reading with Volume 5.

Ms. Marvel Volume 6: Civil War II
Written by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Takeshi Mayazawa, Mirka Andolfo, Ian Herring, and Irma Kniivila.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2015 series) #7-12

Note: The issues in Ms. Marvel Volume 6 tie-in to the Civil War II comic book event. Check out the Civil War II Reading Order Checklist to see how they fit into the larger story.


OPTIONAL: Roughly during this period, Ms. Marvel is part of the Avengers in a series called All-New, All-Different Avengers. Check this series out if you want to read additional stories with Kamala. You can read this concurrently with Ms. Marvel Volume 5-6.

All-New, All-Different Avengers Volume 1: The Magnificent Seven
Written by Mark Waid. Art by Mahmud Asrar and Adam Kubert.
Collects: Collects All-New, All-Different Avengers #1-6 & material from Avengers (2015) #0 & Free Comic Book Day 2015.

All-New, All-Different Avengers Volume 2: Family Business
Written by Mark Waid. Art by Mahmud Asrar, Adam Kubert, Alan Davis.
Collects: Collects All-New, All-Different Avengers #7-12 & material from Free Comic Book Day 2016.

All-New, All-Different Avengers Volume 3: Civil War II
Written by Mark Waid, Natasha Allegri, Zac Gorman, Faith Erin Hicks, Scott Kurtz, and G Willow Wilson. Art by Mahmud Asrar, Adam Kubert, Natasha Allegri, Faith Erin Hicks, Scott Kurtz, and Chip Zdarksy.
Collects: Collects All-New, All-Different Avengers #13-15 & Annual #1.


Ms. Marvel Volume 7: Damage Per Second
Written by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Mirka Andolfo, Takeshi Mayazawa, Francesco Gaston, and Ian Herring.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2015 series) #13-18

Ms. Marvel Volume 8: Mecca
Written by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Marco Failla, Diego Olortegui, and Ian Herring.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2015 series) #19-24

Generations: The Marvels
Written by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Paolo Villanelli.

Note: Generations: The Marvels was a one-shot that teamed-up a modern version of a hero with the classic version. In this case, it is Kamala Khan teaming up with Carol Danvers when she was Ms. Marvel. As you can expect, time travel is involved.

Ms. Marvel Volume 9: Teenage Wasteland
Written by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Nico Leon and Ian Herring.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2015 series) #25-30

Ms. Marvel Volume 10: Time and Again
Written by G. Willow Wilson, Saladin Ahmed, Rainbow Rowell, Hasan Minhaj, Devin Grayson, Eve L. Ewing, and Jim Zub. Art by Nico Leon, Gustavo Duarte, Bob Quinn, Elmo Bondoc, Takeshi Miyazawa, Joey Vazquez, Kevin Libranda, Minkyu Jung, Juan Vlasco, and Ian Herring.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2015 series) #31-38

Buy Ms. Marvel on:


Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson Volume 1 cover.
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson Volume 1 cover.

It’s also worth noting that Marvel has rereleased the G. Willow Wilson’s run of Ms. Marvel in a chunkier editions, which collect the equivalent of two of the above trade paperback collections.

The collections are as follows:

Ms. Marvel: Kamala Khan
Written by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Adrian Alphona and Jacob Wyatt.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2014 series) #1-11 and material from All-New Marvel Now! Point One

Ms. Marvel: Metamorphosis
Written by G. Willow Wilson and Mark Waid. Art by Takeshi Miyazawa, Elmo Bondoc, Humberto Ramos, Adrian Alphona, and Giuseppe Camuncoli.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2014 series) #12-19, SHIELD (2014 series) #2, and material from Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #7-8.

Ms. Marvel: Army of One
Written by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Takeshi Mayazawa, Adrian Alphona, Nico Leon, Ian Herring, Mirka Andolfo, and Irma Kniivila
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2015 series) #1-12

Ms. Marvel: Game Over
Written by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Mirka Andolfo, Takeshi Mayazawa, Francesco Gaston, Marco Failla, Diego Olortegui, and Ian Herring.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2015 series) #13-24

Ms. Marvel: Something New
Written by G. Willow Wilson, Saladin Ahmed, Rainbow Rowell, Hasan Minhaj, Devin Grayson, Eve L. Ewing, and Jim Zub. Art by Nico Leon, Gustavo Duarte, Bob Quinn, Elmo Bondoc, Takeshi Miyazawa, Joey Vazquez, Kevin Libranda, Minkyu Jung, Juan Vlasco, and Ian Herring.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2015 series) #25-35

Ms. Marvel: Generations
Written by G. Willow Wilson, Eve L. Ewing, andn Clint McElroy. Art by Nico Leon, Joey Vazquez, and Ig Guara.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2015 series) #36-28, Generations: Ms. Marvel, and Ms. Marvel Team-Up #1-6

Buy Ms. Marvel on:

OPTIONAL: All-New, All-Different Avengers morphs into Champions, sees which Ms. Marvel the leader and founding member of. It also includes other teen heroes such as Miles Morales and Nova. This series can be read concurrently with Ms. Marvel Volume 7-10.

Champions Volume 1: Change The World
Written by Mark Waid. Art by Humberto Ramos.
Collects: Champions (2016 series) #1-5

Champions Volume 2: The Freelancer Lifestyle
Written by Mark Waid. Art by Humberto Ramos.
Collects: Champions (2016 series) #6-12

Note: Contents of Volume 2 tie into the Secret Empire comic event.

Avengers/Champions: Worlds Collide
Written by Mark Waid. Art by Muberto Ramos and Jesus Saiz.
Collects: Avengers #672-674 and Champions (2016 series) #13-15.

Note: Worlds Collide is a crossover with Avengers and Champions. Check out the reading order.

Champions Volume 3: Champion For A Day
Written by Mark Waid and Jeremy Whitley. Art by Humberto Ramos, Ted Brandt, and Ro Stein.
Collects: Champions (2016 series) #16-18 and Champions #1.MU

Note: Champions #1.MU ties in with Monsters Unleashed.

Champions Volume 4: Northern Lights
Written by Jim Zub. Art by Sean Izzaakse and Emilo Laiso.
Collects: Champions (2016 series) #19-21 and Infinity Countdown: Champions #1-2.

Note: Infinity Countdown: Champions #1-2 tie in with Infinity Countdown.

Champions Volume 5: Weird War One
Written by Jim Zub. Art by Max Dunbar, Sean Izaakse, and Kevin Libranda.
Collects: Champions (2016 series) #22-27 and Champions Annual #1.

OPTIONAL: Ms. Marvel was also featured in the 2017 Secret Warriors series.

Secret Warriors Volume 1: Secret Empire
Written by Matthew Rosenberg. Art by Javier Garron.
Collects: Secret Warriors (2017 series) #1-5

Note: This ties heavily into the Secret Empire event.

Secret Warriors Volume 1: If Trouble Must Come
Written by Matthew Rosenberg. Art by Juanan Ramirez and Javier Garron.
Collects: Secret Warriors (2017 series) #6-12

Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 cover by Eduard Petrovich.
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 cover by Eduard Petrovich.

The Magnificent Ms. Marvel

A magnificent new era of Ms. Marvel! Saladin Ahmed takes over writing after G. Willow Wilson winds up her run on the character. The series gets a new title, being referred to “The Magnificent Ms. Marvel”. However, Marvel has simplified the trade paperback names by calling them “Ms. Marvel by Saladin Ahmed”.

Ms. Marvel Team-Up
Written by Eve Ewing and The McElroys. Art by Joey Vazquez and Ig Guara.
Collects: Marvel Team-Up (2019 series) #1-6

Note: Ms. Marvel Team-Up is a team-up series where Kamala joined forces with other heroes such as Captain Marvel, Peter Parker, and others.

Ms. Marvel by Saladin Ahmed Volume 1: Destined

Written by Saladin Ahmed. Art by Minkyu Jung.
Collects: Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1-6

Ms. Marvel by Saladin Ahmed Volume 2: Stormranger

Written by Saladin Ahmed. Art by Minkyu Jung and Joey Vazquez.
Collects: Magnificent Ms. Marvel #7-12

Note: This volume ties into events of Outlawed.

Ms. Marvel by Saladin Ahmed Volume 3: Outlawed
Written by Saladin Ahmed. Art by Minkyu Jung and Joey Vazquez.
Collects: Magnificent Ms. Marvel #13-18

Ms. Marvel Annual #1
Written by Magdalene Visaggio. Art by Jon Lam.

Note: This issue is part of the Acts of Evil themed annuals, which are self-contained stories in which heroes take on villains they usually wouldn’t.

Buy The Magnificent Ms. Marvel on:

OPTIONAL: Marvel relaunched Champions in 2019 for a short-lived series. Again, Ms. Marvel is a large part of the team. You can read this concurrently with Magnificent Ms. Marvel.

Champions by Jim Zub Volume 1: Beat The Devil
Written by Jim Zub. Art by Steven Cummungs.
Collects: Champions (2019 series) #1-6

Champions by Jim Zub Volume 2: Give And Take
Written by Jim Zub. Art by Steven Cummungs.
Collects: Champions (2019 series) #7-10 and Nova (2015 series) #1

Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #1 cover by Mashal Ahmed.
Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #1 cover by Mashal Ahmed.

Current Era

The following are the most recent Ms. Marvel adventures.

Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit
Written by Samira Ahmed. Art by Andres Genolet.
Collects: Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #1-5

Ms. Marvel & Wolverine #1 (one-shot)
Written by Jody Houser. Art by Ze Carlos.

Ms. Marvel & Moon Knight #1 (one-shot)
Written by Jody Houser. Art by Ibraim Roberson.

Ms. Marvel & Venom #1 (one-shot)
Written by Jody Houser. Art by Dave Watcher.

Note: The following one-shots will be released between August 2022 and September 2022. They see Ms. Marvel teaming up with some harder-edged heroes. Each tells a self-contained team-up story but will have a story that flows through it.

Marvel’s announcement vaguely hinted that these will help set up a new era of Ms. Marvel comics. I’ll update this guide when we know more about what this means.

Ms. Marvel: Stretched Thin cover by Nabi H. Ali.
Ms. Marvel: Stretched Thin cover by Nabi H. Ali.

Other Ms. Marvel Comics

Ms. Marvel has also featured in a range of comics that are not part of the main Marvel continuity. These can be enjoyed on their own and are great for all ages.

Marvel Rising
Written by Devin Grayson, G. Willow Wilson, and Ryan North. Art by Ramon Bachs and Irene Strychalski.
Collects: Marvel Rising (2018 series) #0, Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel #1, Marvel: Rising: Ms. Marvel/Squirrel Girl #1, and Marvel Rising: Omega #1

Marvel Rising
Written by Nilah Magruder. Art by Roberto DI Salvo.
Collects: Marvel Rising (2019 series) #1-5

Note: Marvel Rising was an animation project in 2018-2019 that featured a diverse team of teenage heroes such as Ghost-Spider (aka Spider-Gwen), Squirrel Girl, and Ms. Marvel. Marvel published a handful of comics as part of this.

Ms. Marvel: Stretched Thin
Written by Nadia Shammas. Art by Nabi H. Ali.

Note: Ms. Marvel: Stretched Thin is part of a collaboration with Marvel and Scholastic that sees the latter publishing a range of all ages graphic novels using Marvel characters.

Marvel Assembly: Orientation
Written by Preeti Chhibber. Art by James Lancett.

Marvel Assembly: The Sinister Substitute
Written by Preeti Chhibber. Art by James Lancett.

Marvel Assembly: X-Change Students 101
Written by Preeti Chhibber. Art by James Lancett.

Note: Marvel Assembly is another Marvel and Scholastic collaboration. This included Ms. Marvel along with other heroes such as Miles Morales and Squirrel Girl.

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