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Ms Marvel

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona
Published by Marvel on October 30th 2014
Pages: 120
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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!
It's history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (RUNAWAYS)! Collecting MS. MARVEL (2014) #1-5 and material from ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.

I want to reach up, grab all of the stars in the galaxy and throw ALL THE STARS at Goodreads. Why might you ask? Because THAT, my dear reader, is how much I absolutely love Ms. Marvel. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. I could keep rambling on with the word love, but let’s get down to the reasons why I love it so much.

 

I own all 4 volumes currently out for Ms. Marvel, and I started off my 2016 year by finishing all of them. So, what draws me in the most about this comic from Marvel. Diversity. 100% the amount of diversity and the subjects they touch on during the events that happen in these 4 volumes. Kamala Khan is MUSLIM. I want to cheer, dance and force everyone to read these! The covers are not your typical white woman with blond hair. Heck, it’s not your typical male superhero who is white. It’s a young, Muslim girl who goes through ALL the things that young girls go through at the age of 16. She deals with wanting to be like someone else and feeling like the odd teenager amongst her friends who don’t live under the umbrella of her beliefs. She deals with coming to terms with the fact that she can’t change how she was born/raised and learns to love herself. She teaches you that being different isn’t bad.

Her skin color and her beliefs don’t make her unable to be a superhero, just like how they don’t affect her as a person in real life. THIS IS WHAT I LIKE. I can’t explain how much I love the diversity of this book.

I should mention, I have not read the original Ms. Marvel comics, and I am completely okay with that. I bet they are amazing, and incredible as well but I think I will stick with this series. I am slowly moving into the Marvel Universe, stepping into different superheroes and stories. You never know. Down the road I might pick up the originals; but for now, I am extremely satisfied with this one.

One of my favorite parts about reading through the comic was it introduced me to so many different Arabic words. They didn’t make the characters hide who they were; they stuck true to their roots. Kamals brother always spoke very openly about his strong faith in religion. There is a part in one of the volumes when one of the enemies asked him how he could possibly be so happy with being who he is? His response was incredibly perfect. He told him that what he believed in and who he was as a person didn’t shame him. He was not ashamed of who he was, and it made me love him so much more.

Also – I want to take a moment to mention how much I ship Bruno and Kamal. ( Do people still ship couples? If not, I totally am right now. )

I could go on for an extremely long time talking about everything to do with this series, but I think I will end this post here. If you’re looking to start a new Marvel series, this is a great place for you to start. I really look forward to the day I pass these comics along to my oldest daughter. I don’t want her to just see stories based around white people. I want her to know diversity and know that everyone is just as wonderful as she is. We are all the same, sometimes we just look at the world differently. Sometimes, we end up being a superhero.

 

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  • Emily

    You totally convinced me! I will be picking these up.

    January 16, 2016 at 12:54 am Reply
  • Annalisse

    Yes!!!!! I love Ms. Marvel so much. The diversity is definitely one of the biggest reasons I picked it up to begin with. Plus I love G. Willow Wilson’s writing. I buy each issue individually and it is always the first one I pick up to read!

    January 17, 2016 at 1:22 pm Reply

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