Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

By G. Willow Wilson

Rating: 4 stars

Kamala Khan is just an ordinary Muslim-American teenager coping with life until she unexpectedly gets superpowers. She takes up the mantle of Ms Marvel and adds another complication to her life, now having to juggle superheroics to just being a sixteen year old girl, trying to balance the expectations and cultural baggage of her parents with that of the world around her.

This is a fun story and even if, like me, you know little of the Marvel universe beyond the MCU you’ll still be able to get a lot out of it. There’s as much focus on Kamala’s daily life and how she balances life as an American with life as a Muslim, as well as the angst that all teenagers, no matter what their background, feel. This makes Kamala a relatable protagonist which helps cover the problem with many origin stories: that there isn’t much in the way of plot. It’s not too bad though, there’s enough to not make me feel cheated and lots of groundwork for plot to come in future volumes.

For me the question is not ‘am I going to read any more Ms Marvel’, but ‘do I continue with the paperbacks, or switch to the larger hardbacks’?

Book details

ISBN: 9780785190219
Publisher: Marvel
Year of publication: 2014

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