Title: Ms. Marvel: No Normal (Volume #1)
Author: G. Willow Wilson
Release Date: October 30, 2014
Page Number: 120
Marvel Comics presents the new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation!
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!
4 out of 5 stars
My roommate loaned me this book after she read it because she said it was really good, and she was totally right! I have been seeing this comic for awhile now. It was very popular on BookTube *check out my channel!* a couple years ago, but I really wanted to read it after I saw G. Willow Wilson do an author talk at an auditorium at my college.
Ms. Marvel follows a Muslim-American girl who is just trying to find who she is and where she fits in, and is suddenly granted with super powers. She has the internal struggle of deciding whether or not she wants to be true to her family, or not be the odd one out at social events at school. She wants to be just like Captain Marvel, and when she mysteriously finds herself in front of her favorite super heroes of all time, she asks to be just like Captain Marvel. She wants to be pretty, blonde, and look good in thigh-high boots. She gets that granted to her, but struggles because she still wants to feel like herself. Ms. Marvel takes on some bad guys, and gets closer with a good guy.
I really enjoyed this comic, and it makes me wonder why I didn’t pick this up earlier! I have really gotten into graphic novels and comics recently, and this was no exception. Kamala Khan is such a relatable main character, and I think it’s important to show this amount of diversity in the typical “American comic.” G. Willow Wilson talked a lot about how she wanted girls to feel empowered in themselves and wanted to make sure that the minority of Muslim girls were represented in a format like this. I think it’s so cool to present it like this, and Ms. Marvel is now one of the up-and-coming Marvel stars.
This read quite young to me, but it could just be because it’s from the perspective of a sixteen year old girl. She hasn’t quite gotten over that being part of the “cool kids” isn’t worth the trouble yet, so she’s having some internal battles over wanting to fit in. I loved that her super power is being able to grow and shrink because that’s not a typical power that you would immediately think of. It’s not the most feminine power, and I think that that shows even more diversity within the story. She has relationships with other Muslim girls, and has been best friends with a Caucasian American boy her whole life, thus creating even more diversity.
I think that this amount of diverse thinking is so important today, and having comic books with these ideals just shows that the world is willing to change and evolve. I think it’s beautiful because it’s showing everyone that they should be accepting of everyone around them no matter how they look or their culture.
I would highly recommend this comic to middle school girls, because the message of being true to yourself is very relevant during those difficult years of development. Being you and being accepting of others is so important!