Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normalby G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona Published 30 Oct 2014
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Marvel Comics presents the new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation!
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, Jersey!
It's history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (RUNAWAYS)! Collecting MS. MARVEL (2014) #1-5 and material from ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.
"Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal" Reviews
this was fantastic! i was a bit confused about how she got her powers, but maybe i just need to re-read it and it'll help me understand. other than that this was so great!
[3.5 Stars] I'm conflicted about this graphic novel, and I think the reason for that is because I'm reading this from the perspective of a twenty-something Muslim Pakistani American. Don't get me wrong, I like how diverse this graphic novel is and having a Muslim super hero is super kickass, but there were certain things in the graphic novel that just made me feel a little strange. For example, I felt that many of the Muslim characters in this graphic novel were based off of stereotypes (controlling parents, the laughable devout Muslim, and the uncaring Muslim followers at the mosque), and at times it seemed the graphic novel was pointing out that her religion was the obstacle standing in her way. This naturally makes me feel uncomfortable. I don't think this was the intent of the graphic novel, and other people don't seem to be picking up on that so I'm probably just looking at this graphic novel too closely. I just think that being in the unique position I am in I am a little bit more critical about Muslim representation in the media.
The last thing I want to say is that I didn't think this graphic novel was as fun or exciting as others I have read. I think this is because I'm not really a fan of superhero graphic novels in general. They just are not for me. I also thought that the magical powers were a little bland, and the way she became a superhero was a little unexplained. I also don't quite understand the villain. That being said, I do like that this graphic novel sent the message that you don't need to be someone else, that being yourself is even more awesome.
Regardless, this one left me feeling conflicted.
So Kamala is a nerdy Jersey Girl who gets hit with Terrigan Mist, and suddenly finds herself able to shape-shift.
Because she's always felt like the odd one out, she uses this ability to morph herself into the image her hero, Carol Danvers. With a few, um...costume modifications.
What? She wanted to go with the Old School look, ok?
Don't worry, she'll figure out why Captain Marvel switched to a more practical costume soon enough.
Do we need another teen superhero?
So, basically, this story hinges on how much the reader likes Kamala.
And to be honest, I liked her quite a bit.
Wilson takes you on the first part of Kamala's teenage journey by showing how she starts off wanting to change herself (most obviously thorough her looks), and then realizing that she's not comfortable in someone else's skin.
Is that really a new concept?
Especially not when you're talking about mutant Inhuman superheroes.
Alright, then what's all this buzz about Ms. Marvel?
Is is all because Karmala's Muslim?
Hard to say, really. It's not like she's the first Muslim superhero. Simon Baz (he's a Green Lantern) is Muslim, and Dust is another Muslim female in Marvel's X-Men. Kamala is the first to get her own title, though.
If I'm super-duper honest, I'd have to say that the religious aspect of this one kind of freaked me out at first. All religions freak me out to one extent or another, and I generally don't enjoy being hit over the head with characters who demand any level of tolerance toward their belief systems.
Before you climb all over my thread and tell me I'm discriminatory, I'd like to say that I dislike all religion equally. I'm an Equal Opportunity hater.
However, the focus of the story isn't on her religion, but more on the way it feels to be an outsider for any reason. She's the perfect champion for anyone who has ever been misunderstood or picked on for being different.
Another surprise for me with this one was that I truly liked all of the characters in it. The parents, the lazy brother, the best friend who's obviously crazy about her, and, most of all, Kamala herself.
She's just too adorable for words, really.
I don't know if this one will continue to win my heart or not, but as long as it doesn't get preachy, I'm in for the long haul!
Okay, since there are a million reviews with pretty pictures from this GN (graphic novel) I'm going to keep it short as I usually do with my graphic novel reviews.
I didn't think I would like this book for reasons but then I did. One never knows!
Kamala is just a normal teenage girl with really strict parents and she's just trying to get through her life.
I think she's cute with her writing Marvel fanfic. I think I might want to look into this fanfic stuff!
I'm a little confused about how she turned into Ms. Marvel but I guess I will figure it out in later books or some friends will tell me.
Just a couple more pics and I'm done. I love that she can morph or stretch, whatever, into a huge long legged woman, she can get these gynormous hands that pick people up. Cool stuff like that, oh and she can shrink to ant man size. She calls all of this embiggen <---has to do with something her mom said when she was little, if I recall correctly.
I liked Kamala and Ms. Marvel! I will be reading more of her adventures.
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This review contains *spoilers*.
Ms. Marvel follows Kamala Khan, a Muslim girl from Jersey City who is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. When a strange mist descends and morphs Kamala into a shape-shifting superhuman... fitting in is the least of her problems.
Ms. Marvel also features religion, which, thank you. I love seeing positive portrayals of any religion. And the honest exploration of accepting and loving oneself made my heart sing.
This story is a definite win for me.
And there were so many moments that had me smiling the kind of smile one tries to suppress:
I'm always up for pop culture references.
YES for Harry Potter!!
Literally would've said the exact same thing as Kamala.
Also, the art was right up my alley:
Still thinking about this volume and its complex, powerful protagonist... so much yes! Cannot wait for what's next in store.
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Kamala Khan is just an average high school kid struggling with the classic teenage dilemma of trying to both fit in and be herself at the same time, and her Muslim faith is one of those things that sets her apart. She dreams of being a superhero as confident and cool as the Avenger she idolizes, Captain Marvel a/k/a Carol Danvers. However, after developing superpowers because she’s exposed to the Terrigen Mist* Kamala quickly learns that her life has gotten way more complicated.
* Look it up yourself, nerds!
This title has had a lot of attention in large part due to having a lead character who is a female Muslim teenager, but if that’s all the characterization that Kamala had it wouldn’t be much of a comic. What does make it shine is the solid writing that makes you care about Kamala. She’s a good kid who genuinely wants to do the right thing and help people, but like a certain Marvel webspinner with responsibility issues Kamala learns that being a superhero is a lot harder than it looks and doesn’t solve any of the other problems in her life. In fact, it usually makes thing a lot more difficult.
I particularly enjoyed some of the funnier elements like Kamala trying to adopt the old Ms. Marvel costume as well as the name and finding out that walking around in thigh high boots and a skimpy swimsuit just isn’t very comfortable or practical.
This is a great title that reminds me a lot of the early days of Marvel.