On the last week of February, on the year 2010, the fiftieth and last issue of the current Ms. Marvel series was released. Until last week, it was the currently longest female-fronted ongoing series from Marvel (I believe only Spider-Girl had a longer run in the past). It is not surprising that the Ms. Marvel series was canceled, as it wasn't exactly setting the chart sales on fire, but it does carry a certain poignancy because of something Aaron Kimel, a regular commenter and reader here at The Weekly Crisis, pointed out:
Mere coincidence that Marvel's longest-running female solo book died before Women of Marvel month began or intentional decision to avoid the apparent mixed message of ending the series DURING Women of Marvel month?
There's two fundamental things you need to know about the Ms. Marvel series.
First of all, it was completely written from start to finish, by Brian Reed. That's fifty issues, plus three one-shots, all written by the same person. How many other series can boast such a claim? If we stick to current and modern examples, you can certainly mention Ed Brubaker on Captain America, Brian Bendis on Daredevil and Ultimate Spider-Man, Peter David on X-Factor, Geoff Johns on Green Lantern, maybe Grant Morrison on Batman (it don't think it's been fifty issues, but close enough), and probably not much else outside of long running creator owned titles. Notice anything on that list? Most of those writers are the "superstar" creators, the kind that can carry a book under their name alone.
Which brings me to the second thing you need to know about the Ms. Marvel series: it was always about Carol's personal journey into becoming the best she could be.
With all that being said, I am glad that Ms. Marvel finished, still under the pen of Brian Reed, and achieved what it had originally meant to do. Fifty is a nice, respectable, and big round number, not to mention that it's twice as long as what the first Ms. Marvel series was. Brian Reed's run did not reinvent the wheel, but it made it roll nice and smoothly all the way down to the finish line, leaving behind a legacy that hopefully will be fondly remembered by its fans, as in important if not perfect run. Somewhere down the line, someone is going to look at it as their inspiration for the next Ms. Marvel series, and that's a happy thought for me.
So farewell for now, Ms. Marvel, but I am sure we will see you soon.