Meet the New Ms. Marvel!

With Carol Danvers dead, writer Brian Reed talks about bringing the former Thunderbolt known as Moonstone into the title role of MS. MARVEL!

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By Marc Strom After all the work Ms. Marvel put into building her reputation as a hero, you might consider it fortunate that she didn't live long enough to see Moonstone potentially tear it all down. With Carol Danvers dead, Karla Sofen—formerly the Thunderbolt known as Moonstone—has taken up the title of Ms. Marvel as part of Norman Osborn's Dark Reign. And beginning with MS. MARVEL #38, on sale April 29, Sofen's taking over Carol's ongoing series as well, courtesy of writer Brian Reed and artist Rebekkrah Isaacs. "The world thinks Karla is Ms. Marvel, so obviously the book needed to reflect that as well," Reed explains of the series' shift in protagonists. "But I didn't want to just do another villain-of-the-month and have Carol dealing with Karla. I wanted to move Karla front and center on the book, and it turned out I had a lot of plot threads going that, if slightly tweaked, would give her the spotlight." Part of that "tweak" came with Carol Danvers' untimely demise in MS. MARVEL #37, the conclusion to a number of plotlines that Reed had developed over the past year or so. "Her death was something that came together as I was writing the Ascension story," Reed reveals. "Cru's warning to Carol about bad things to come was something I'd always had planned out, but the plan had always been just to de-power Carol for a bit. When the opportunity arose for Karla to take over the book as the lead, the idea cropped up of getting Carol completely out of the way." Given Karla's more villainous past, many fans might question how she'll uphold Ms. Marvel's heroic legacy. But according to Reed, Karla doesn't see her new role as all that heroic in the first place. "She sees the title, and the perks it brings, as a power thing," Reed suggests. "She's selfish and is using this to advance herself in life. There's no interest in being a hero or doing good or turning her life around. Karla isn't wired up in the way that would allow her to realize she needs to turn her life around." At the same time, however, don't expect Karla to completely revert to her villainous past self—though shades of it may come out nonetheless. "The game has changed," touts Reed. "Karla knows she's got a good deal going now, and she doesn't want to mess that up. At the same time, she's not a mentally balanced human being and by the second issue of her starring in the title, she's throwing a meteor at Atlanta!" Comparing the two Ms. Marvels some more, Reed finds that more differences exist between the two than similarities. "Carol's out there to help, and Karla is out there to help herself," the writer relates. "As far as similarities go, I think it really ends at the power set, and the fact that they both fill out the costume quite nicely. Carol has only ever killed because it served a greater good. Karla will kill just to make her own life easier." Looking back on Carol's death, Reed feels that even though he could have potentially saved her, it felt too natural of a conclusion to the storyline for him to change it. "It's always odd to end your time with a character you've gotten used to being with, and you always have that 'you know, you don't have to do this' moment," Reed reflects. "I felt like I'd set things up with the Secret Invasion fight, with her powers on the fritz, and with the idea of her body having this terrible meltdown, so I was able to write the scene without feeling too much like we cheated getting there." And as Karla continues to settle into her new starring role, Reed hints that some Marvel-ous troubles loom on her horizon. "[MS. MARVEL] #37 was just the beginning. Starting in issue #42: 'War of the Marvels.' What that title means, we can't talk about just yet, but it's going to be big." Check out the official Marvel Shop for your favorite Marvel Heroes! Download episodes of X-Men: Evolution Season 1icon now on iTunes!

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mrdl236123
mrdl236123

I have no intention of reading this faux Ms Marvel. This entire Dark Reign storyline is awful. First off, Osborn killed ONE Skrull. How many did Carol kill? Mr. Fantastic did so much more to defeat them with his device that revealed the Skrull's true forms. It just seems totally illogical that the US would embrace Osborn as the savior of the human race when so much more was accomplished by so many others. Nothing makes sense any more.I've dropped Ms. Marvel and probably won't pick the book up again even if Danvers returns, just like Captain America. I only hope Marvel regains some of its former glory once all this nonsense with Dark Reign is over, or I won't be around for the "next big event". With the rate they're killing everyone off, MARVEL itself may not be around for it's next big event. Captain America, Alpha Flight, Quasar, Wasp, Ms. Marvel, Black Goliath- all dead. Who's next? I guess it could be worse, at least none of them drowned in a tidal wave.

kreemarvel
kreemarvel

[color=seagreen] I'd recommend to stick with it.I'm betting all that happens will be tied back to Carol in the future.This may be part of a larger story, and people dropping the book here may be missing out on part of it.All that said, I like Dr. Sofen, so I will like her stories in the book. And I can't wait for her to pay once Carol returns to claim her place.[/color]

Bleuletueur
Bleuletueur

the only reason my wife got into comics was because of Carol's ability to overcome realistic struggles. Then Marvel has a huge "origins" storyline on her title during Secret Invasion (which further identified the character) only to kill her in one of the most senseless deaths ever?The only thing that this achieved was for my wife to ask me to remove the title from our pull list, so thanks Marvel, way to alienate the faithful.P.S. I can't wait for Marvel to kill the title completely based on "poor sales"... :roll: :roll:

harlequin7
harlequin7

I still just dont get lyra in the new she-hulk. What is the point? I think Marvel are looking at DC with all their legacy characters and thinking "hey, where can we crobar some of those type characters in?" As a result Jen Walters gets the chop (no thanks to Peter David's terrible recent run).Anyway, I am sticking with Ms. Marvel for now. I hope Carol comes back asap but im not holding my breath. Before the death, my buying the book was based on a love of the character and wanting to follow what she did. Now I will only continue to buy the book if it is actually good, which some times in Reeds run up to now, it has not been. Fortunately Sana Takeda is coming on board for the art, so I look forward to that. Unfortunately after that it is an unknown if I will continue to read where before it was not.

ZackMack
ZackMack

Janet Van Dyne, The Wasp, (Tales to Astonish 44 !) - DEADCarol Danvers, Ms. Marvel, (Marvel Super Heroes 13 !) - DEAD "Mayday" Parker (Spider-Girl): Series CANCELLEDJennifer Walters (She-Hulk): Series CANCELLEDAll this in such a short span of time. Killing off historic 45-year-old characters? Is Marvel at war with all female characters? I mean, what gives? This is total crap! I think Marvel needs to explain itself here and dismiss the appearance of misogyny!While :shehulk: is my favorite character, Carol Danvers is pretty high up there. She was a hero before she was a super-hero! Characters don't get much better than that. I suppose that one could argue that Ms. Danvers has been 'abused' throughout her history. Blasted by a Kree device to become Ms. Marvel. Sapped by Rogue to almost non-super-hero status. Zapped by the Brood and turned into Binary. I can't recall what transpired to turn her into Warbird and then assuming the mantle of Ms. Marvel again. She's a favorite beat stick, but she always survived. Until now.I pretty much now expect that the All-New Savage She-Hulk (Lyra) will kill good old She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters) at some point in her Dark Reign limited series.Is this any different than the Decimation? Yes, I think it is. Very few of the centerstage characters got killed or depowered, and many of those that did got repowered. The Maximoffs were the most major characters that were depowered and that was central to the story arc. The cull was mainly of minor characters and the million-or-so unknown/unnamed mutants that had been hinted at but never revealed. Mutants had become too mainstream to be 'cool'.Let them kill off all their characters. Watch them change the entire fabric of the Marvel Universe and see if anyone cares about the 'new' characters without their history and back-stories. Bringing in dups from alternate universes via the Exiles just doesn't cut it.

Luijie
Luijie

Moonstone is the one in the Dark Reign Avengers right? and Carol Danvers is still alive with the real Avengers (which is to be featured still in issue #54 of the "New Avengers" series).So what exactly is going on here? I understand the death of Alpha FLight, as a Canadian i disagree, but Omega Flight was pretty cool. However, killing the Most Important woman (Ms .Marvel) in the franchise is ridiculous. Cap could still be back as his spirit wonders still and talks about his super soldier serum currently healing his body.

ChadrockSexingto
ChadrockSexingto

Carol really can't be dead. Or if she is, I'm really disappointed. That was not nearly an exciting or noble enough death for "the best of the best." Comic book rules = no body, no death, right? Cap was really, really dead, body and all, even further driven home by the series of fakes during the Secret Invasion. Wasp exploded, but they had Requiem and really drove that home, too. I'm just not sure about the only real Ms. Marvel being dead (yeah, under the bus Sharon Ventura). Moonstone is fine and I'm hoping to enjoy the next couple of issues but she's just not really Ms. Marvel. :cap:

miss_streak
miss_streak

I was SO super bummed at Carol's death. Moonstone is cool, but I just don't know if she's cool enough to wear the Marvel outfit. Ms.Marvel is one of my top favorites, and I am anxious to read the one that was hinted at the end of the interview!! There better be some serious X-men butt kicking helping Carol get her rightful place back as the TRUE Ms. Marvel!!

kreemarvel
kreemarvel

[quote@Luijie Now is she dead or not?[/quote] [color=seagreen] As of today, she is most likely dead.When she returns we will know if she was truly dead and was reborn, or if she just faked it.[/color]

Luijie
Luijie

If carol danvers died, then why is she second in command in the "New Avengers" series still? I understand MARVEL letting Moonstone be Ms. Marvel for a while in Ms. Marvel's own series to show that this is the Ms. Marvel that the MARVEL universe believes her to be but, is Carol Danvers completely out of the picture?This is a really bad move, especially if they are considering in making a Ms. Marvel movie. Her ties with the MARVEL heroes and the X-men alone (Rogue, Wolverine) is going to be affected by her dying.Now is she dead or not?

Durmitor
Durmitor

Moonstone is fascinating, complex and her powers and t-bolts history is intruiging. I hate to see her end up just another "Marvel" in a long line I hope she doesn't lose her villainous depths.I never fully forgave Carol for Arachne (Julia) and taking her away from her daughter in Civil War. Would be cool if some Warbird hunted Carol ends up back in 616 at some point in the future I guess. Losing Janet was a lot worse than losing Carol.

heroineaddict
heroineaddict

When Carol comes back so will I. Till then this is just a colossal waste of paper and not worthy of my time.

thefused
thefused

Yeah, Carol is to Ms Marvel as Diana is to Wonder Woman. She'll always be the classic and will outlive all of us so no worries. Same with Bruce Wayne, and Steve Rogers.Im cool with seein how this Dark Reign thing pans out. Be to cool to see how pissed Carol is by the time she gets back. But I agree that it was a pretty weak death. She deserved something epic.

MattWhite
MattWhite

Her superpowers just stopped working while she ran into an old enemy that suddenly had superpowers. It was a really stupid death. They hinted at a conspiracy after she got out of secret invasion, but they didn't finish it very well.I was pleaseantly surprised by the book when I started getting back into comics after the Iron Man movie. They aren't just killing off one of the better female characters, but one of the better characters in the marvel lineup.

GundamAce
GundamAce

when and how did ms marvel die?

Tom_Reed
Tom_Reed

This is all so sad. First we have the death of one of the very few real female heroes of the Marvel universe, then to make matters worse her title is being taken over by a murdererous and manipulative villain. Now if this would be the start of Karla Sofen becoming a hero that might be interesting, but it sounds like that is NOT what is going to happen.

spartan316
spartan316

I really don't like how marvel is killing all of it's characters. First it was most of the New Warriors then Cap then Wasp now Ms.Marvel. That's not counting Ultimatum killing almost every single hero. It's a dumb move if they keep on this track all of marvel will be dead in a year and I hate when they bring a character back from the dead (I'll look the other way if marvel brings back cap) that's more of DC's route and it's not a good one.

darktruth
darktruth

[quote@professorM [quote@DSmack that sucks, what of the New Avengers?[/quote] I agree here. Wasn't she just made the New Avengers second in command? I know Marvel has had some lapses in continuity but never of a characters death. How will this effect the new avengers?[/quote] Probably badly for the team.

professorM
professorM

[quote@DSmack that sucks, what of the New Avengers?[/quote] I agree here. Wasn't she just made the New Avengers second in command? I know Marvel has had some lapses in continuity but never of a characters death. How will this effect the new avengers?

gazelle1984
gazelle1984

I'm only gonna keep getting this title every month because I know Carol will be back. I'm just waiting until she comes back, and if she doesn't I'm done with this series which would be very upsetting because it was going so well.

Slickwooric
Slickwooric

It's been said that Dark Reign will last till the end of the year,and Carol should be back then,no way she stays dead...if she does...that's just total crap!

DSmack
DSmack

that sucks, what of the New Avengers?

SilentmanX
SilentmanX

I was really saddened that Carol is now gone, & I am really going to miss her...seriously.Carol has been a fantastic character while it lasted, because out of all the characters that I have liked she has proven herself to be one of the greatest Marvel female characters of all time because of how she has made a name for herself and how she represents to us.I have doubts on Karla as the new Ms. Marvel & so I'll see how it turns out, but I have to admit she looks good in that costume