a closer look: Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan

25 August 2014

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So for the last 6 months, I’ve briefly shouted at you guys regarding my love for this new Ms. Marvel run. I was definitely intrigued and nervous at first, when I heard about what was sort of being planned for Marvel NOW’s relaunch of the character. I mean, a Muslim-American teenager… there’s a lot of great potential for awesomeness, but also, great danger for worn out cliches and stereotypes.

But honestly, after seeing these first 6 issues. Guys. GUYS. G. Willow Wilson has done such an amazingly beautiful job with this story. I mean, I’m sold on it. 100% sold on it.

Ok. Ok, so you’re thinking, what’s up, it’s just a comic book, right? Ms. Marvel is, now, part superhero story, and part coming of age story of a girl from Jersey who’s really just trying to figure out who she is and how to do the right thing. It’s so endearing and so relatable.

I mean, I want so much to gush about EVERYTHING regarding it… but also don’t want to spoil it, because you really just need to experience this yourself.

But when we live in a world when oh so many heroines in comics, including the last Ms. Marvel, look like this:


It’s kind of refreshing to have one that looks like this:

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She’sĀ normal. I mean, this is one thing that I love about Kamala. She reads very much true to her character. She is incredibly relatable. Every time a new issue comes out, I just want to hug it — which is hard, because I subscribed digitally. But Ms. Marvel not only captivates and charms me, but I can’t leave an issue without feeling like I can go battle evil and be a little braver and a little more sure of who I am.

And I mean, Kamala is a nerd, just like us…

Ms. Marvel You are wolverine! Fan fiction

I seriously cannot,Ā cannot recommend this new Ms. Marvel strongly enough. Go. Go read it now.

  • B

    I enjoy this book as well and I’m glad tons of other people are too! It’s so important that if we like a book, especially one with a different look/take, that we support it!

    • Agreed! I really want to see this series do well! Kamala is just so great!!

  • Oh my goodness, that last little panel about Wolverine has me completely sold on checking this out. I was already sold after reading the rest of your entry, but seeing her geek out over another comic book character sealed the deal.

    • Oh man. That last one was from the most recent issue. I didn’t want to spoil stuff, but OMG I love Kamala so hard for her fangirling. I’m pretty sure she might be my first full-on cosplay. šŸ™‚

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  • I just finished the first issue of Ms. Marvel and am totally surprised by how much I enjoyed it! She’s so endearing and I can’t wait for more šŸ™‚

    • She’s such a pleasant surprise! G. Willow Wilson has done such an amazing job with this story. I just can’t get enough of it! šŸ™‚

  • This and Lumberjanes make it SO painful to wait for the trade paperback collections like we do! I cannot wait!

    • Lumberjanes is still on my list to get some day. I’m trying to be frugal, and well, it means less comics… and I SOOOOO want to pick up Lumberjanes!!

      • Keep an eye on your local library when the trade of Lumberjanes comes out! Youth librarians in many places are especially good about acquiring graphic novels and that’s one they should have their eye on. Or you can request they get it. šŸ™‚

  • Man. I need to get on this one. I missed the first issue when it came out, so now I’m waiting for it to come out in trades, but yeah. I should be reading this NOW.

    • Erini

      I wish I would have done this one in print. Digital subscription. Makes sure I don’t miss an issues. šŸ™‚ I think I will pick up the trades, too, though.

      • I’ve thought of doing that too, but that would mean paying for the same thing twice and freelancing means $$$ is kinda tight these days.

        • Erini

          Understandable. I’m budgeting too (which is why this is my only subscription, currently). But one day I’d like to have a nice library of trades.

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