Book Review: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre(s): Graphic novel; comic; super hero; young adult

20898019 (1)Plot: 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!

Pros:

  • Okay so let me just start by saying – the main superhero character here is a teenage Muslim
  • Let me say that again – a female, brown, Muslim superhero
  • Okay, that amazingness aside, it’s actually really funny
  • Kamala is, powers aside, a totally normal teenager just trying to do her thing
  • She fangirls
  • I love how she tries to balance being a good Muslim with also being a superhero

Cons:

  • Literally none

My Thoughts: I have never been one for superheroes. I’ve only seen 8 of the 31 MCU movies, and honestly I could go without seeing the rest if I didn’t have a son who loves superheroes.

While setting up a campaign for MuggleNet a while back, I came across “Ms. Marvel” and bookmarked it as a recommendation Tonks might give to her friends. But as I read into it more, my interest grew. I’ve always felt like I couldn’t really get into comics because of my lack of prior interest and because of how deep the canon goes. But when I saw that this was a relatively new series, I immediately added it to my TBR.

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I was a little too excited to take this picture at the Marvel exhibit at MoPop in Seattle.

When my library finally got the first few volumes, I checked out 1-3 instantly, planning to speed through them. But I found myself enjoying Volumes 1 and 2 so much that I took my time and never made it through Volume 3 before I had to turn them all in.

There’s so much more than just good versus evil going on here. Kamala is being pulled into something bigger than she is (see what I did there?), and she quickly learns that she has many hard choices to make, even if it means going against some of her core beliefs.

I can’t wait to get further into these!

Links:
Goodreads
Amazon
G. Willow Wilson

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