“…my name is Kamala Khan, and I’m here to take out the trash.”
This is a story about a teenager trying to figure out who she is. Raised as a practicing Muslim by her
strict and loving parents, Kamala Khan just wants to be a normal Jersey City teenager who fits in with
the cool kids at school. When she is exposed to Terrigen Mist she obtains a number of abilities.
These allow her to change her appearance, stretch, enlarge, and shrink her body, and heal rapidly.
With two identities to come to grips with, we follow Kamala as she figures out that being herself is
more important that fitting in, or being who everyone expects her to be. Only when she is true to
herself can she be the Ms Marvel she is destined to become.
I really like this comic book. The artwork, drawn by Adrian Alphona is beautiful and in places
stunning. There are panels in this comic that I would happily ‘embiggen’ and hang on my walls. The
story, written by G. Willow Wilson is quite good. Like most popular comic books, it has its own share
of stereotypes or tropes, but I don’t see this as a bad thing. They allow the writer to portray an idea
quickly and without much explanation.
There are two main elements of this story, Kamala’s teenage struggles and the creation of the new
Ms Marvel. We spend more time with Kamala the teenager than we do with Kamala as Ms Marvel.
This is what you would expect from an introductory volume, however I felt that readers would
benefit from a little more time with the superhero. A lot of time and care was spent crafting
Kamala’s interactions with her family and her life as a teenage Muslim growing up in Jersey City, but
I didn’t feel that the same care was given to Kamala coming to terms with her new superpowers or
the introduction of The Inventor, Ms Marvel’s bad guy.
I am definitely going to continue reading the series and look forward to following Kamala as she
attempts to be a normal teenager, a good daughter and a kickass superhero!