I heart it: Ms. Marvel (2014-)

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I read the original Ms. Marvel series on loan from my best friend a few years ago. Well, many years ago, honestly. When the new reboot of the series came out, I knew it was something I wanted to pick up. Carol Danvers, the original Ms. Marvel is now Captain Marvel (and about damn time!), so now the newest hero to take on the name Ms. Marvel is Kamala Khan, a 16 year-old Pakistani-American from Jersey City, New Jersey, who idolizes Carol Danvers.

From issue #3
From issue #3

When this reboot came out last year, it caused quite a stir. In a medium where minorities are secondary heroes, or team members, here was a female hero who is not white and is Muslim. This decision caused a lot of buzz around the title, with people praising Marvel, accusing them of pandering to be P.C., or just being flat out racists. However, the new Ms. Marvel has been a HUGE success. The title just keeps getting stronger, and I for one LOVE IT.

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Kamala is going through your basic origin story stuff in the first few issues. Gaining her powers, discovering their limits, getting the help of her convenient science-genius friend (who is totally in love with her) and all the usual teenage-superhero stuff. However, she has to do all this while dealing with a very conservative family life and it is making Kamala find her own balance between the life her parents want for her, expect for her and who she is and is becoming as a person.

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Superhero comics have never really been my jam. I have nothing against them, but I just prefer different genres. If you are like me, you should give the new Ms. Marvel a shot. It is well written and the story lines are wonderful. I think this is definitely a comic book non-supers can get into.

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  1. I favored horror and sci fi (with the exception of Superman), but I have been enjoying a little bit of superhero action recently. I will check this out!

    I remember reading an interview with a Muslim woman comic book author a few years back. Probably lit from SDCC? That got me excited to imagine where comics might head. I loved them growing up, but they were almost always about someone else. I was defnitely not like the girls I saw in comics. Glad that is changing for younger generations. 🙂

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