Ms. Marvel #15-16 (1978)

Tiger Shark!  We haven’t seen him in years!  (Since Sub-Mariner #63, I believe.)

Ms. Marvel gets beat up by Tiger Shark, who kidnaps Namorita and then returns to the watery depths.  Not content to take a beating and walk away, she goes to Avengers Mansion to get a scuba suit.  But she doesn’t know her own strength and breaks down the door instead.

Okay, that’s a little dumb.  She’s never had this kind of issue controlling her power in the past.  Or, she’s lying but she’s figured out that breaking into the home of the world’s mightiest superheroes was a stupid idea.  Either way, it’s really just an excuse to show her fighting some Avengers for a couple panels.

Side note: How do people keep getting into Avengers Mansion?  It has to be the worst-guarded place in the Marvel Universe!

They forgive her and give her the suit, but decide that saving Namorita isn’t a fight they’re going to get involved in.  So, Ms. Marvel does it on her own.  She wins, and Namorita goes back to her day job babysitting Wundarr the Aquarian.  (Remember him?  Superman with the mind of a six-year-old?  Yeah, that plotline is still dangling about unresolved.)

Oh, one more thing: The first appearance of Mystique:

She’s not going by the moniker yet-she’s just a voyeur named Raven, who has been up to vague, shadowy no-goodness.  We’ll see her blue form next issue.

Creators: Chris Claremont and Jim Mooney
Grade: C+
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