by G. Willow Wilson
Illustrated by Adrian Alphona
Series: Ms. Marvel #1
Published 2014 by Marvel
120 pages. Paperback
Genres: Comics, Superheroes
After being caught in an unusual and trippy fog, Kamala Khan is gifted with super powers. She’s suddenly Ms. Marvel! When the illusion wears off, she still has the ability to shape change, but now she has to figure out what being Ms. Marvel really means. Can she still be herself and Ms. Marvel at the same time? One thing’s for sure: Jersey’s got a new superhero.
There are so many things to love here: a diverse Ms. Marvel, a genuine portrayal of a teenager, an awkward geek girl, and lots of action. I fell in love with Kamala. She’s smart, funny, and adventurous. You kind of have to be adventurous to be a superhero. I also really loved the parts with her family and religion. Kamala is Muslim and it was nice to see how that affects her family dynamics and how much she grapples with finding the balance between her cultural heritage and the contemporary city she lives in.
I’m officially sold on G. Willow Wilson. I’ve kept up with this series and it’s been fantastic. I’m not liking the Secret Wars issues as much, but that’s probably because I’m not keeping up with Secret Wars. It’s so well done that I’m going to seek out anything else by her one day. Adrian Alphona’s art is stellar, too. There’s nothing like the perfect blend of writing and art. I bought this for my library immediately, and several of the students have enjoyed it.
There are three volumes out right now, so go buy those for your libraries!