Review- Ms Marvel: No Normal

Ms MarvelAuthor: G. Willow Wilson
Illustrator: Adrian Alphona
Synopsis: 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!
Format: Graphic Novel
Published: October 2014

What makes this new Ms Marvel so unique is how progressive it is. Here is a teenage girl as the heroine in a superhero comic. Besides her gender, she is also Muslim and not Caucasian. Kamala is awesome, but this graphic novel does feel a bit introductory. The events that unfold are a little bit underwhelming but the future of this series seems promising.

The highlight for me was the sassy or hilarious background text found on newspapers, storefronts and posters. Some of my favourites:

  • The business hours listed on the store just says “all of them”
  • The random frog at the party and the guy who looks like Thing One and Thing Two from Dr. Seuss
  • Her textbook titled “All Sorts of Math”
  • Printed on a serial box: “Listen to your gut, not the lawsuits.”
  • Newspaper headline: High school cannibalism experiment proves disastrous”
  • Her phone screen “Lol no battery”
  • The Bad Guy’s shirt that says “Ima Bad Guy”

Simple things really, but when horrible things are happening and you spot something like that in the background it’s kind of funny.

3.5 Star 3.5 Stars

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