Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel

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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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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.

FVRL_Sally Sep 28, 2017

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

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.

PinesandPrejudice Dec 16, 2016

This graphic novel was okay. I like the cultural variety and I admire the characters but I wasn't interested enough to want to continue with the series. I also don't really understand how she got her powers. It feels very random -- I would have rather a weird experiment gone wrong than just a wish being granted.

Nov 25, 2016

I went into reading volume one of Ms. Marvel with very high expectations and I was so impressed. The character driven elements are really where this book shines. Th art is also just wonderful! The character expressions and movement within conversations really conveyed underlying subtext beautifully.

DPLjosie Nov 11, 2016

I love Kamala's story! We're on to #5, read them all!

Oct 23, 2016

I really enjoyed this. I think Kamala is such a great character. She's relatable. She's just a teenage girl trying to fit in. Her family is really strict. That was definitely something I related to her on.

I really like her power. I love that she needs time to figure her power out. Learn how it can be used. She's not just automatically badass. She's a mess when she first gets her powers. She's still learning at the end of the book too. She doesn't have it all figured out. I really like that a lot.

The way she got her powers was confusing as all out, though. I'm not sure what happened there really. I have an idea. I'm hoping that is expanded on more in the next volume.

I loved Bruno.He's a great character. Definitely, can see how much he cares about Kamala. I ship it. Hoping good things for his character down the line. Please don't kill him for Kamala's character growth or an arc. I see it too much. I don't need it.

The villain seems really interesting to me. Scary too. Excited to see what happens next in Kamala's story. What will she have to face next? Will she continue to get grounded over and over again? Probably. She really should just tell her parents she's a superhero. Why does no one ever do that?

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Aug 25, 2015

2015 Hugo Award Finalist
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Violence: Superhero violence.


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