by Taylor Anderson
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
In any relationship, romantic or otherwise, there are bound to be secrets. For a long time, there was belief that prevailed which said your partner was entitled to know everything about you, which basically meant no secrets were kept. However, times have changed, and people have begun to accept that it’s healthy and natural to not tell your partner everything. That’s not being duplicitous, that’s just being human and respectful. This is healthy turn of events, but as with all things, it’s more complicated if you’re a superhero, just as Kamala find out in Ms. Marvel 30.
Kamala is dealing with a lot of things at once. She just kissed Red Dagger, has realized she still has feelings for Bruno, and is having to deal with a new student at her school who may be an evil robot. In the previous issue, I was happy to see how maturely Kamala and here friends were able to handle their relationship issues. In this issue, I’m equally impressed by their ability to set boundaries on said relationships. For example, when Kamala meets Red Dagger again, he makes it known that he wants to set some boundaries and expectations on what they have.
As Kamala, says, this is a reasonable request. This is an important conversation to have whenever starting a relationship, and that proves especially true when you’re a superhero who has a secret identity to protect. But Kamala has learned enough about herself at this point in her life that she knows right now, at this moment, she isn’t ready to have this talk. Her life is already extraordinarily complicated and the last thing she needs is a new relationship which demands more of her than she has to give.
While Kamala thinks her running away is immature, it actually demonstrates the opposite. At this point, she hardly knows Red Dagger and as sexy as he may be, there’s no reason why she should feel pressured into revealing anything about her life to him. And you know what? That’s ok! She shouldn’t have to tell Red Dagger anything she doesn’t want to. Should she wish to do so in the future is a different story, more power to her, but for now, her desire to keep some secrets is not only smart, but healthy as well.
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