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Monday, December 07, 2009 

Ms. Marvel's series is ending

The new series starring Carol Danvers is coming to an end in February, and Newsarama is interviewing its writer, Brian Reed, about it. And one of the things they say here:
Nrama: We've talked about this before, but looking back at Ms. Marvel's growth since issue #1, and there has been a lot of growth for this character through all her ordeals during Civil War and Secret Invasion and everything, do you think you grew as a writer along with her?

Reed: Oh yeah. I stumbled backwards into getting Ms. Marvel, and I thank Andy Schmidt for that to no end. And with every issue, I've learned something else about my job. I'm to the point where, when I write other series, everything I'm putting in those books, I learned from Carol Danvers. Those first half dozen to a dozen issues were just, how do you write a script and get it out the door on time every month? Then, once I got that down, it was how to make that story work better visually and structurally. It was on-the-job training, and I couldn't be more thankful that Marvel paid me for it. But yeah, it's a much better book now than it was then.
Not really. Any character growth they speak of went out the window pretty quickly once Ms. Marvel got stuck in all those crossovers since Civil War and Secret Invasion. Those crossovers are exactly what spoiled any character growth, or chance for it, as the characterization given to her at the time was just as bad as it was for Tony Stark. And if they were going to replace Carol Danvers with Karla Sofen/Moonstone, even for just a couple issues, that too makes it hard to believe they were really trying to make her grow.

What's really sad is that Ms. Marvel's newer series had to debut at a time when Joe Quesada is EIC, and boomeranged back to crossovers they said they were trying to move away from. Carol Danvers is one of those characters with potential to mine, but with people like whom they have in charge now, all that potential was wasted.

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