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Cover Date: September 1977
Cover Price: US $ 0.30
Issue Tagline: None.
Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages
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Ms. Marvel (1977) #9 35 Cent Variant
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Flying home in the middle of a date after getting the premonition that her apartment was being burglarized, Ms. Marvel is attacked without warning by a winged female calling herself Death-Bird, who claims to be working for MODOK. The aerial battle carries them close to Carol’s apartment building, which Ms. Marvel sees is on fire. She pretends to be beaten so Death-Bird will leave, freeing her to save two children who would have died.
Ms. Marvel helps the fire department put out the fire, but it’s too late to save most of Carol’s apartment. Turning back into Carol, she’s heartbroken to find that the fire has ruined her only photograph of her past love, Air Force Colonel Michael Rossi, along with all of her other possessions. She also finds an unexploded incendiary bomb, proving that the fire was arson and that Carol’s apartment had been the target. Across the street, the arsonist, a man named Ballard, reports the details to a man on the phone codenamed Alpha.
The next day, Carol has a rough morning in the Woman magazine editorial offices. Needing to get out, Carol heads to Alden’s Department Store, dressing like a dowdy sales clerk and sneaking into restricted areas of the store looking for the entrance to the A.I.M. base. Plainclothes A.I.M. agents assault her, and she flees through what’s marked as a fire exit but turns out to be an elevator that takes her down to the base. Before the A.I.M. agents there can interrogate her, an explosion rips through the wall and MODOK, his blue-suited A.I.M. agents and Death-Bird enter, choosing that moment to reclaim A.I.M.’s New York headquarters.
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''The Council'' mentioned by Alpha most likely refers to the Council of the Chosen that Claremont introduced in Uncanny X-Men #100 in which case Alpha could possibly be Ned Buckman or Sebastian Shaw.
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