Kamala Khan is my favorite new character in the Marvel Universe during the Marvel NOW era (2012 to 2015), with creators G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona putting a spin on the Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel legacy and creating a modern teen hero in the style of Peter Parker.
I originally lumped Kamala into the CBH combo Captain Marvel / Ms. Marvel reading order, but at this point Kamala’s a very big deal!
Updates by: Robert Quinn
Related Reading Orders:
Ms. Marvel Reading Order
The great new Ms. Marvel launches during Marvel NOW!
Kamala’s series extends for 19 issues prior to Secret Wars, before Kamala becomes even more integrated in the Marvel Universe on teams like the Avengers and Champions!
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2014) #1 to #5, Material from Marvel Now! Point One
It all starts here, folks! The birth of Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel spins directly out of Jonathan Hickman’s stellar 2013 event Infinity, in which Inhuman king Black Bolt unleashed the Terrigen Bomb, giving birth to an entire new generation of Inhumans.
Although most don’t look back on the Inhumans’ time in the spotlight with rose tinted glasses, Kamala Khan remains, undoubtedly, the greatest addition to the Marvel universe that the Inhumans push brought us.
As an origin story, “No Normal” is as good as it gets. Kamala immediately proves to be a likable and charming protagonist, both in how she’s written in G.W. Wilson’s script, and how she’s rendered by artist extraordinaire Adrian Alphona (seriously, the grumpy faces this girl makes are impossible not to relate to).
This first volume, as well as the entirety of the run by Wilson and Alphona, perfectly hits upon that Spider-Man sweet spot, giving us a hero trying their best to balance school life, family, superheroics, as well as the push and pull of being a Muslim American kid in world with Iron Man and Captain Marvel flying just up above battling invading aliens.
We can’t recommend this first volume enough, people.
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2014) 6-11
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2014) 12-15, Annual 1
Collects: Ms. Marvel (2014) 16-19, Material from Amazing Spider-Man (2014) 7-8
The first four volumes of Ms. Marvel by Wilson and Alphona are near perfect comics, and essential reading for any Marvel comics fan. I include the run on my 100 favorite comics from 1998 to 2015!
The Last Days arc leads directly into Secret Wars (2015), which is my favorite Marvel event of all time. You’ll find Kamala in various Battleworld books, primarily:
Kamala the Avenger!
Issues: Avengers #0 to #6
Following Secret Wars Kamala is launched into a role as an Avenger. It’s a strange time for the team, half legacy Avengers and half up and coming teenagers. All in all, I find this run pretty disappointing, and expect a better fit for Kamala with the iconic team in the future.
Collects: Ms. Marvel 1-6
Collects: All-New, All-Different Avengers 7-12
Collects: Ms. Marvel 7-12
For the full guide check out the Civil War II reading order.
Collects: All-New, All-Different Avengers 13-15, Annual
Collects: Champions 1-6
Following Civil War II, the Avenging kiddos like Kamala and Miles Morales decide they need a team that suits their youth movement, and form an all-new Champions.
Collects: Ms. Marvel 13-18
Collects: Secret Warriors #1 to #5
A part of Secret Empire. You can find the full event reading order with Comic Book Herald’s guide to Secret Empire.
Collects: Secret Warriors #6 to #10
In what has to be Kamala’s weirdest series to date, Secret Warriors continues out of Secret Empire despite everyone’s best efforts to pretend it never happened.
Collects: Champions 6-11
Collects: Ms. Marvel 19-24
Collects: Ms. Marvel 25-30
Collects: Avengers 672-674, Champions 13-15
Reading order for this crossover begins with Avengers #672 and then alternates Champions and Avengers issues until Champions #15.
Collects: Champions 16-21
Collects: Ms. Marvel 31-36
Collects: Champions 19-24
A New Era for Kamala (2019 – Present)
Collects: Exiles #1 to #6
Collects: Exiles #7 to #12
Collects: Champions (2019) #1-6
Ms. Marvel remains part of the Champions in Jim Zub’s relaunch. Also featuring some War of the Realms tie-ins!
Collects: Magnificent Ms. Marvel (2019) #1-6
Acclaimed Black Bolt writer Saladin Ahmed takes over Kamala’s adventures! Plus, a new costume!
With art by Minkyu Jung, “Destined” sees a new creative team and new vision for Kamala, as she finds herself going up against new extraterrestrial, body horror-esque threats, and an intergalactic prophecy that paints Ms. Marvel as the savior of an endangered planet.
All the while, Kamala must grapple with the new dynamic of having both of her parents aware of her superhero identity. This new creative direction for Kamala promises an exciting future for the hero, expanding the scope of her world while also upping the stakes of her endless Spider-Man-like interpersonal dramas.
With a cleverly rendered recap of Ms. Marvel’s origin story, this new run penned by Saladin Ahmed offers another great jumping on point. DEFINITELY recommended!
Collects: Marvel Team-Up (2019) #1-6
Kamala anchors the revival of a Marvel staple with appearances by Spidey and Carol Danvers!
Collects: Magnificent Ms. Marvel (2019) 7-12
Collects: Magnificent Ms. Marvel (2019) 13-18
Collects: Outlawed (2020) 1, Champions (2020) 1-5
Check out the full CBH Outlawed reading order!