Ms. Marvel #15-16
Issue(s): Ms. Marvel #15, Ms. Marvel #16
Tiger Shark manages to defeat her and escape under the sea with Namorita.
Ms. Marvel invades the Avenger's Mansion so that she can use their lab to create some Underwater Breathing super-science, presumably with her Kree knowledge.
Ms. Marvel is able to defeat Tiger Shark and rescue Namorita, but it's a tough fight.
And that's not even including the giant squid.
Namorita, who is supposedly a "true Sub-Mariner", doesn't have much of a showing.
Wundarr, who is currently under the care of Namorita at this time, makes a brief appearance.
Ms. Marvel has another seventh sense alert that's less of a painful flashback and more of an instant intuition/spidey-sense type of thing, similar to when she thought she was being stalked (by Dracula) in Ms. Marvel #14. This time it's trying to warn her about Raven (not yet called Mystique) who's watching her from a distance.
In issue #15, Jean DeWolff shows up at the Bugle to ask Frank Gianelli some questions about the statement he gave the police last issue. He doesn't offer any new information to her, but he reveals more information about the guy, Geoffry Ballard, that he caught snooping around Carol Danver's office.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: It is mentioned that the Fantastic Four have broken up (as of FF #188 and until about FF #201) and there is chaos at Stark Industries due to the Midas takeover (Iron Man #103-107). I've placed this just prior to Iron Man #103-107 thanks to Jean DeWolff's appearance there (where she is turned to gold).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showAnnie Christopher, Arabella Jones, Beast, Carol Danvers, Frank Gianelli, Jean DeWolff, Mike Barnett, Mystique, Namorita, Scarlet Witch, Tabitha Townshend, Tiger Shark, Tracy Burke, Wundarr (Aquarian)
FOOM#19 announced the Grandmaster as an upcoming villain, but it didn't happen.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | April 14, 2013 2:09 AM
Another blue-skinned villain for Carol?
Given Mystique was originally planned as an alien, I wonder if she was planned as his daughter?
Was Grandmaster the Lord to whom she spoke in #18?
Posted by: Nathan Adler | April 14, 2013 4:59 AM
I hadn't heard that Mystique was originally intended to be an alien. I've been rereading these issues as part of a recently released Masterworks. Reading them all together, the sub-plot with Mystique and Ballard reminds me a bit of Michael Rossi and the Council of the Chosen. Also, there are repeated hints that Carol hasn't just been given the strength of a Kree; she may have been given the personality, skills, and sub-conscious memories of a particular Kree person. Given that, is it possible that the blue-skinned Mystique might originally have been intended to be the very Kree who served as a template for Ms. Marvel's Kree half? And, given that she's a shape-shifter who serves a "lord" with pointed ears, is it possible she was meant to be half Kree, half Skrull?
Posted by: Andrew | August 1, 2016 8:00 PM
That's a fun idea, but it seems pretty unlikely. One of Carol's Kree 'flashbacks' showed her specifically as a pink-skinned Kree, dealing with racism from blue-folk while training as a warrior; and, we don't see Mystique's true-blue form until she shows up in X-Men after Ms Marvel is cancelled, so it's possible she wasn't even designed until then.
Posted by: Andrew F | August 31, 2017 4:47 PM
Mystique's true form is actually seen at the end of Ms. Marvel #18: http://www.supermegamonkey.net/chronocomic/entries/ms_marvel_17-18.shtml
Posted by: Morgan Wick | August 31, 2017 8:15 PM
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