Author G Willow Wilson, Illustrations Jake Wyatt, Jaimie McKelvie, Kris Anka
This is the spoiler free review of Ms. Marvel issues 1-19 collected as volumes 1 and 2. If you would like to read the spoiler full review complete with pictures please visit here.
Ms Marvel begins her story as Kamala Khan. She’s in high school and has a couple of friends there but doesn’t really fit in with the popular kids. Her family is Muslim to various degrees. Her parents are culturally and religiously Muslim while her brother is bordering zealot territory. She places herself within that world but has Americanized a bit more.
She also spends her time writing superhero fan fiction and fantasizing about being powerful. Her dream becomes a reality when she gets caught in the Terrigen Mists and develops strange shape shifting and healing powers.
She will discover several issues into the run that she is an Inhuman and her powers were lying dormant until the mists woke them up. Now her goal is to master her use of these powers and protect her home town of Jersey City from bad guys, and robots, and monsters, and maybe the end of the world.
Along the way she deals with all of the normal perils of being a teenager. She needs to get her homework done, escape getting grounded, and manage emotions around boys.
The way that Kamala does everything is with the strongest of integrity. She’s incredibly strong willed. She does not give in to anyone on any subject that she believes in.
Her religion, culture, ideology, and morals are constantly being challenged but she knows what she believes in and does not bend. I respect her so much for all of this. She’s an actual good person and at this point seems incorruptible.
She also becomes a leader with natural grace.
I especially enjoyed a plot in volume 2 in which she starts to fall head over heels for a boy. But she never loses herself. She’s so much stronger than any teenage girl I ever knew. Mentally and physically.
There are a couple of cliffhangers by the end of this run and I’m curious to see where it goes from here. I need to do a little reading guide research because I think it’s about to tie into a much larger story line and it might be one of those cases where many lines have to be read at once to get the full story. Sigh, comics.
Regardless, Kamala Khan, Ms Marvel, is one to look out for. She’s a new hero on the Marvel scene but she’s super powerful in all of the ways one can be powerful and she has a very bright future ahead of her.
This is a new character who’s definitely worth getting into.
4.5/5 fists 👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽
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Buy Volume 1 here: Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal
Buy Volume 2 here: Ms. Marvel Vol. 2