Review: Ms Marvel vol. 1 No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

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Ms Mavel Vol. 1 No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

or: HELL.YES

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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! 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!

I LOVED this comic.

As someone who has been very hesitant to begin reading comics, I decided to make this comic my first and it truly was, I think, the best decision.

It however, has started a new trend that may not be good for my wallet.

For a while I’ve been trying to conciously look into more diverse books, whether its reading books by diverse authors to reading books with diverse main characters to the whole range. I was initally drawn to this comic for the main character; a mulism teenage superhero? Awesome! I’d heard about it through a book blogger who was singing it’s praises and decided, why the hell not.

This comic not only has a strong female as its main character, but also has a strong ethnic leader as its main character. We need more comics like this one. Hell, can someone make this a movie/tv show already? The world needs more heroes like Kamala!

Kamala is adorable, and so realistic it’s hard not to imagine bumping into her as you walk down the street. Kamala deserves world wide attention, but seems not to be getting all that much attention from the comic book community beside the fact that it’s new work by Wilson and Alphona. Which is a shame. This book should be in comic stores everywhere (it’s not in my local store which gives me the poos).

Comicbooks, once a dying art, have recently experienced a resurgence of popularity as many new stories and editions were put out to ride the wave of Marvel hype brought about by the new Marvel superhero movies. As an avid Marvel movie goer, I was keen to invest in the company, as are a lot of new fans these movies have brought. A lot of older marvel fans are getting cranky with the influx of new, previously not interested, groups of fans, which if anything, goes directly against what superhero stories are supposed to stand for.

This new series and new adaption of Ms Marvel, is clearly an attempt to break down old barriers in the comic community and appeal to a very new and diverse audience. For a lot of young girls, Kamala is a shining beacon of hope; hello, please give it up for one of the only good representations of young Muslim girls in the fictional community?!  Kamala may not be what this cruel world deserves, but she is desperately what the world needs. I hope that there are girls out there who now suddenly feel strong and included, because even the idea of Kamala is bound to make a large difference.

Not only is the character of Kamala excellent, but also the story is as well. Wilson and Alphona have created a marvelous (ha- get it?) and believable story line that holds promise of great things to come. Vol. 1 is literally the perfect  origin story; it’s got the right amount of heart, a love-able and good character, the tantalising introduction of an evil force working in the background, and a interesting explanation of how an ExtraOrdinary got their powers. None of the story feels forced, and the story is as complex as Kamala is.

Its hard to judge what direction that Wilson and Alphona will take this story in, but the promise for ground work they have laid is amazing.

I’m excited as heck to read the next edition into this series. I bet it packs a lot of punch (Heh. Sorry I had to).

Read: Paperback Vol. 1 Bindup

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