The new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, was announced to much fanfare in November due to the fact that she is Muslim. I was pleased by the announcement, diversity is always a good thing but I feared that the comic itself would not live up to it’s hype and that Kamala would simply be a token in her own book. I could not have been more wrong.
When we are introduced to Kamala she is hanging out with her friends. She is a very typical, if geeky, American teenager. She feels different and left out from the cool kids but has a small circle of her own loving friends. She idolizes the Avengers and writes fan fiction. Her family is loving and traditional but not ultra conservative, except for her brother who appears to be searching for something more. Still Kamala wants to fit in and so she sneaks out to attend a party that her father forbid her from going to. This begins the chain of events that will change Kamala forever.
There is nothing in Kamala’s experiences or complaints that didn’t feel familiar to me. The specifics were different sure, I did not have to enjoy bacon by aroma alone thank the gods, but taken to the most general terms her chaffing at her families restrictions and feeling different and left out are pretty much the American adolescent experience. That’s why I loved this book. It celebrates the shared experience rather than just pointing out the differences.
The superhero origin works, it’s very Spider-Man/Daredevil like in the “wrong place at the wrong time” way, plus the change it makes plays into her story nicely. I’m very interested in seeing how it works out. The art was lovely. The kids felt real, the city familiar and the colors felt very rich.
I give Ms. Marvel 5 out of 5 stars. Do yourself a favor and pick it up. Kamala is well worth spending some time with.
Ms. Marvel #1
Writer: Wilson, C. Willow
Artist: Alphona, Adrian
Cover Artist: Pichelli, Sara
Format: FC, 32pg., COMIC
On Sale February 05, 2014
Diamond Id: DEC130623