Ms. Marvel Vol. 3: Crushed

Author: G. Willow Wilson
Published: 2015

Graphic novels and tea? Why not! A graphic novel is the perfect length to finish an entire cup of tea and you only have to focus on one flavor. Given Ms. Marvel’s Pakistani heritage, I figured a spicier tea like Turmeric ‘n Spice would be a perfect pairing for this novel. This is the first time I have consciously chosen a tea to pair with a book based on theme. As I’m a bit behind on the latest release of Ms. Marvel, I sat down one frosty late-December morning to get caught up. A Christmas gift to myself, I’m falling more in love with author G. Willow Wilson the more I read her work.

This latest episode sees Kamala analyze her feelings and emotions on a deeper level. While it’s been many, many years since I was a sixteen year old I can relate to some of the emotions Kamala experienced in the book. Wilson does a phenomenal job of capturing all the deep-seated emotions people face when confronted with new love interests, relationships, and friendships. I appreciate Wilson’s honesty with her words and it’s one of the reasons why I’ve started collecting her work. She has so much to say to the millennial generation, and to older generations, and I’m excited to see future publications.

Now to the tea – what more can I say than it’s bold. It’s spicy. It’s a great zinger on a cold, frosty morning. This black tea blend contains ginger, chili, and turmeric and added a sensory experience to the fight scenes that an ordinary green tea would have missed. When Kamala is fighting the new inhumans, this tea brings excitement and high energy but still allows the reader to remain present to the thoughts and actions of our superhero. Even when Kamala is her regular human self in scenes with friends and family, the tea still makes a basic plot line seem exciting and engaging and you can’t wait to see where it goes.

While Kamala herself is a layered complex teenager, what you taste with the tea is what you get. Some drinkers may not appreciate the elemental flavor of the tea, but given Wilson’s direct and honest communication style a tea with the same characteristics is perfect because it doesn’t distract from the story line. Books and tea can be enjoyed simultaneously and separately, but when I pair both together I want them to be complementary and not overpower each other. Future Ms. Marvel episodes may be paired with this tea blend, or I may find something even spicier. Any suggestions?

Tea – Turmeric ‘N Spice, from Steeped Tea.

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