Title: Ms Marvel
Author: G Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona
On the Shelves: Graphic Novels> YA
Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey! (Goodreads 2015)
I’ve recently decided I wanted to try reading Marvel comics, so I picked up three of them- Ms Marvel was always going to be a series I wanted to read. It was growing in popularity online very quickly and it ticks all of the “boxes”: strong/well-written female, POC/BME characters, superhero universe. Luckily this first installation in the series takes the series off to a flying start that does not disappoint. I loved Kamala as a character and wish there had been more like her when I was a teenager (oh my god, I feel ancient! I’m only 25!), but sadly yes, that sentence is still a relevant statement. There are not enough female protagonists written out there who are constantly struggling between being proud of who they are and who they feel they should be. The big buzzword on this series is that it is about a Muslim girl who becomes a superhero- and yes, that is worth mentioning, hopefully one day it won’t be a thing we feel the need to point out because it will be “normal” (we don’t say “oh look it’s a female who is a white christian” every time we read a YA book.). And I do agree with some other reviews that whether you enjoy this series or not will depend on whether you enjoy Kamala as a character- because I can see how some people would find her irritating or whiney at times. The illustrations themselves are beautiful and the story itself is full of subtle comedy which helps to make the characters blend well together and relate with the reader.
I can’t wait to pick up volume 2!