Ms. Marvel (#1-8) by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

Ms Marvel

 

You’ve probably already heard about the awesome new Ms. Marvel series. And honestly, I’ve been putting off writing some sort of review on the issues I’ve read so far because so many people have already said it so many ways. I’ll take the easy approach, and list off the things I’m loving about it.

  • Kamala Kahn is a young Pakistani Muslim girl! While this is awesome in a “YAY DIVERSITY” way, it also makes for some interesting dynamics. Kamala does rely just a bit on her culture and religion for advice in adjusting to having these new cool powers. She also has to face some decisions as her superhero life conflicts with her religion and family life.

  • What are her powers? She’s a polymorph – meaning she can change her body shape/size. She can make her fist as big as a house and just crush someone. Fun times indeed, and not a particular power I can remember seeing often elsewhere.
  • She’s such a geek. Issue #1 opens with her talking about how many upvotes her Avengers fan-fic is getting.
  • The storyline is progressing nicely. I don’t usually finish an issue without feeling like anything happened.
  • Kamala’s storyline is going to tie into the Inhumans comic storyline somehow, and I’m curious to see how that develops. Marvel is apparently planning an Inhumans movie sometime in the next several years, so that’s extra exciting.
  • The art is usually pretty fantastic. Adrian Alphona does a great job. Issues 6 & 7 were my least favorite because even thoughWolverine makes an appearance, there was a different artist for those authors and I was NOT pleased with the change. It seems Alphona is back though, so all is well.
  • G. Willow Wilson. You may remember she wrote a fabulous novel called Alif the Unseen. She does a pretty kick ass job at writing comics as well.
  • Kamala dresses like a normal person. Well, maybe not normal because she DOES where a costume, but it’s pretty cute and true to her character. I’m not one to make a big fuss over female superhero costumes (I just don’t care), but since she’s only a 16-year old girl, it’s great that she’s dressed in a way that’s not superΒ revealing. And hooray for realistic body images.

 

 

Aaaaand I’m sure there’s more, but this is all I’ve got for now. It’s a really great series, and if you haven’t jumped on the comics train yet – this is only a few issues in, really. Grab the trade collection (out this month, I believe) and dive in to kick-ass female superhero goodness.

Sarah Says: JUST DO IT. 5 stars

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6 comments

  1. Cosigned! I am loving this series so far, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. Marvel has been making a lot of cool choices about diversity recently. (Now if only they would work super hard to hire more and more and more diverse writers. That would be ideal.)

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  2. Even though I am apprehensive of traditional comic books (you know, ones that aren’t about the Holocaust) because I’ve had a hard time getting into them, I really really want to try Ms. Marvel. I tried to find it the other day but le sigh, B&N did not carry it, despite massively expanding their graphic novel/comic section.

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  3. I’m really interested in trying out this series. I think you know that, like you, I LOVED G Willow Wilson’s book, ALIF THE UNSEEN. I also read her blog, but this seems like it would be really satisfying.

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