Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel

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Book - 2014
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"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, New York!"-- from Forbidden Planet web site.
Publisher: New York, NY : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, LLC, [2014]
ISBN: 9780785190219
Branch Call Number: Fiction Wilson TEEN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Alphona, Adrian
Alternative Title: No normal


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Meet the new Ms. Marvel!

"Read a superhero comic with a female lead."

So much has been said about Kamala but having a female character reflecting her background in her costume in a way that doesn't short-cut to a Viking bikini is still a major step forward.

The classic Marvel character is reimagined as a teenaged middle eastern American girl. She struggles with her identity as much because of her ethnicity and religion as she does over her super powers. It's compassionate, it's funny, the artwork is full of interesting details, and broadens the de... Read More »

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RDPL_Teens Mar 07, 2018

Such a refreshing comic series! Stars Kamala Khan, a young muslim girl from New Jersey who gains powers and uses them to defend her friends, family and her city. Highly recommend for those who enjoy other Marvel series and those who are wanting to read more diverse voices too.

AL_LAURA Feb 07, 2018

A great graphic series about a teen superhero trying to balance friends, school, family life, culture, and, ya know, generally saving the world!

Joey_S_ Jan 08, 2018

Rarely has a mainstream super-hero series been so accessible to a wide variety of readers. Kamala's experience as a New Jersey Muslim intertwines with her new awakening as a super-powered "Inhuman" and is related with a fresh, fun and poignant voice.

Nov 04, 2017

An actual relatable superhero for me, a Muslim teenage girl who lives in New Jersey, and has to deal with high school and justice responsibilities. Other than the representation, I do think she's an interesting character, and her storylines are more lighthearted than most other superheroes of the genre. I would definitely recommend this to other people to read regardless of their demographic. We see her struggle with racism/xenophobia and dealing with her new powers too.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

Kamala Khan is an ordinary New Jersey girl who loves superheroes. Her world is turned upside down when she becomes one herself, and struggles to incorporate this new power into her already crazy high school life. This generation's Peter Parker, this story is great for all the teenagers who are certain they'll never make it out of high school alive, and know that there's better things in the world out there, just waiting for them.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 28, 2017

Ms. Marvel is awesome! Love the art work and the story, I can't wait to read more!!!

Jul 19, 2017

Enjoyable super hero comic. Delighted in the detailed humor put in the background of many scenes (e.g., "GM-Os tasty cereal: Listen to your gut, not the lawsuits" and "Low hanging fruit juice: adequate apple"). Many books would just have squiggle lines instead of words, but not this one.

FindingJane Jun 20, 2017

Teenaged superheroes have their own set of problems. Adult supers have to deal with only supervillains, alien conquerors from other planets and the occasional escaped dangerous lab experiment. Adolescents in their shoes have to worry about homework, grades and curfew.

Kamala Khan has the additional burden of a repressive religious background. She’s never fitted in with her supposed Pakistani heritage (she’s been reared in New Jersey, for goodness sake) but yearning to be blond and beautiful so she can run with the popular crowd isn’t happening for her either. Her parents want her to attend pre-wedding ceremonies, go to temple and keep away from boys and alcohol (no parties for you, missy!). So they ground her at the first sign of trouble.

Unfortunately, trouble comes in the form of a mysterious ground mist. Goodbye, adolescence. Hello, superpower.

In one of the most bizarre transformation scenes I’ve ever witnessed in and out of a comic book, Kamala’s change is accompanied by a mind-altering vision featuring the Avengers. It’s so funny that I actually found myself laughing. You’ve never seen funny until you’ve seen Iron Man cradling what looks like a winged sloth and flashing a peace sign.

The illustrations are expressive without being heavy on detailing. But I enjoyed the differences, especially scenes when Kamala is having mundane interactions with her friends and family. They pose an integral part of her story, not merely as inconveniences to be shoved aside when she has to dart out to fight crime.

This is a superhero origin story with a difference and one that drew me in from the first page when I saw Kamala drooling over a harim sandwich. American or not, ordinary or super powered, life is filled with tough choices. Ms. Khan has her work cut out for her and I can’t wait to see her take it on—along with all the assorted bad guys in New Jersey.

Apr 25, 2017

Honestly, I can't think of a single negative thing to say about this first volume. Kamala is spunky and energetic, super likable, and the story is just plain fun. I'm the first to say I'm not the biggest Marvel fan, but this introduction to Ms. Marvel has me hooked.

Apr 11, 2017

A very cool book.

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2015 Hugo Award Finalist
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