Book: Ms. Marvel (volume 1-5) by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
Release Date: October 3rd 2014 (volume 1)
Tags: Graphic Novel / Young Adult / Supernatural / Superheroes / Superpowers / Diverse / POC / Pakistani-American / Muslim
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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!
Every now and then I like to try out a graphic novel. Ms. Marvel is one I have heard so much about. While I am not really into any comics by Marvel I have watched some of the movies and of course know some of the super heroes. Luckily a friend of mine had the first five volumes and lend them to me.
Ms. Marvel focuses on Kamala, a Pakistani-American Muslim teen trying to find her way in the world when she gets super powers. I took an immediate liking to her. She’s goofy, funny, and a bit insecure in places. She wants to do right by herself and find her place in the world but she also wants to help others. Her relationship with her parents and her brother are heartwarming in a way. There is clearly a lot of love there. And a bit of strain, but I think you can find those in all families. I love how that is explored a little in the background. I’m excited to see where her relationships head into, with Nakia, her best friend most of all.
The first issue was certainly my favorite of these first five. Our introduction to Kamala and her world was on point. After that it took a small step back. There are references in the last 2-3 volumes to other comics within the Marvel world that leave a bit of a gap for those that don’t read those. Especially volume 5 suffered of this with a time jump and it is a shame. I really felt I was missing something. I think this graphic novel would be great for those that don’t want to go back towards the other Marvel super heroes if it wasn’t for that. And the first two volumes work well for that. But the later volumes not so much. I wish there was more of a summarization if she appeared in other comics.
I do love seeing other superheroes appear in this. We have of course Captain Marvel, Wolverine, Spiderman for instance. I especially loved how she wormed her way into Wolverine’s attention and I would love to see those two interact a whole some more.
All in all I am very glad I was able to pick these up for a read.