|Title: Ms. Marvel (2014) #1|
|Author: G. Willow Wilson|
|Illustrator: Adrian Alphona|
|Editor: Sana Amanat|
|Publisher: Marvel Comics|
|Series: Graphic Novel 1 of the Ms. Marvel (2014) series|
The legend has returned! Marvel Comics presents the all-new MS. MARVEL, the ground breaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is just an ordinary girl from Jersey City–until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm, and prepare for an epic tale that will be remembered by generations to come. History in the making is NOW!
Well, that was an enthusiastic summary. This Marvel Comics series peaked my interest when news came out that it was featuring an American- Muslim character to headline the Ms. Marvel series.
Kamala Khan is the first Muslim character to headline her own comic series in Marvel’s history, and I wanted to find out:
- who Kamala Khan was,
- what the American-Muslim culture was like,
- whether it gave a fair view of Islam and Muslims,
- whether it reflected Islam in a positive or negative light, and
- how Kamala, as the new Ms. Marvel, was going to balance her normal life with life as a superhero.
I was, for the most part, quite impressed with how Wilson handled the intricacies of portraying a Muslim character whose existence was not defined by her religion. Kamala is a teenager, first and foremost, and she’s pretty normal in her everyday life–unordinary, you might say. She goes through all the trials and tribulations of a teenager trying to fit in, while constantly under her overprotective parents’ watchful eyes.
The only thing that is extraordinary about Kamala is perhaps her love for the Avengers and writing some pretty hilarious(ly illustrated) Avengers fanfiction. Kudos to the illustrator, Adrian Alphona, for bringing humour into the art.
Now onto the events of the last few pages of this issue–major spoilers to follow:
While I am slightly concerned with how this storyline will continue, Marvel Comics, and G. Willow Wilson, has a new fan in me. I’ll be looking out for more of their upcoming works.