Rating: 5 Stars
Published: October 2014
Genre: Graphic Novel // Superheroes
“When we bury the things we don’t want to face, monsters grow.”
Ms. Marvel, aka Kamala Khan, is a 16 year old girl living in NJ who just wants to normal and not live in a strict Pakistani household. She wants to be pretty, and blonde and popular not smell like curry, have curfews, and not be allowed to go to parties. She gets a lot more than she bargained for when a strange mist rolls into town bringing along The avengers who transform her into what she wanted all along: to be powerful, blonde, and just like Captain Marvel. She’ll learn that being someone else doesn’t feel as right as being who she is. Kamala embraces her identity and grows into her new identity, not as Captain Marvel but Ms. Marvel.
Look at that cover. Just LOOK at it. I love it. I love this storyline, I love the dialogue, I love Kamala’s thoughts. I’m just in love with all of it.
This is a really important comic. I’m not usually one for comics, with the exception of a few graphic novels I LOVE. But this is something everyone should read because it’s about a girl. And girls can fight and be heroes, too, without wearing the skimpy costumes. Not only that, but it’s diverse. YAY DIVERSITY. But seriously, this graphic novel marks a change for superheroes as we know it and I’m so proud that Marvel has released this series. (I just wish they did it sooner so I could have mentioned it in my thesis…) Because come on, it’s the first Muslim woman superhero, how cool is that?
Kamala is really easy to relate to, she’s a teenager who hasn’t grown into herself yet and wants to be like everyone else, at first. It’s awesome reading this type of coming of age story but with the twist of superpowers and the struggle to do the right thing.
The art is awesome, each frame is beautifully drawn so we get the most out of each image as it relates to the story. Comics are great to get lost in for an hour or so.
I would recommend this to anyone! Please go get your hands on this wonderful story!
Here’s a quick look inside:
I can’t wait to read more. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why was just released on March 24th, 2015! Look for my review of that coming soon!