Title/Author: Ms. Marvel Volume One: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson, Illustrated by Adrian Alphona
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Super Hero Comic
Published: October 30th, 2014 by Marvel
Paperback, 120 pages
How I Got This Book: Checked it out from the library
Why I Picked It Up?: Because Muslim female superhero?! DUH!!!
Book Jacket Blurb: “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, New York!”
I will keep this short, sweet and to the point: Ms. Marvel is truly fantastic.
This was my first jump into the Marvel world, and this was a great place to start. For the non-comic readers like myself, the world of comics–specifically the Marvel Universe–can seem REALLY intimidating! But starting with Kamala Khan and Ms. Marvel is an easy way to get the feel for a Marvel universe.
Let me tell you about Kamala Khan. If you haven’t heard about WHY she is important, let me give you the skinny: Female person of color superhero. DONE! For a historically white universe, seeing a smart, strong Muslim teenage girl become a superhero is just SO COOL. She feels just like any other teenage girl–she is awkward yet strong-willed, careful yet carefree. She wants to have the confidence that she sees in other women, and she is completely loyal to her friends. She wants to do something important and real, and she will do anything to accomplish this, including sneaking out of her house. The really cool thing about Kamala is that her Muslim faith is integral to her character, and it is just such a beautiful thing.
The story arc in this first volume is a great start to Kamala’s character development and the development of her heroic story. It is exciting and down to earth, making it really easy for readers, both experienced comic readers and newbies alike, to connect to the story and to Kamala herself.
So, needless to say, you should read this. Because it’s awesome! That is all. 🙂
My Bookshelf Rating:
A Top Shelf Book!
If you are looking for a great place to start reading comics, START HERE! Kamala Khan is a bright, strong and determined young woman who is so incredibly awkward at times it is adorable. This first volume seems to be a FANTASTIC start to what will become a truly impactful and important comic, especially for young girls.
For a middle school or high school library.
Love and Chocolate Chip Cookies