Book Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic, YA, Superheros
Book Series: Ms. Marvel #1
Released: 10/30/14 by Marvel
Pages: 120 Price: $15.99 Paperback
Source: I Borrowed this book from my library.
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!
Teens are a fickle group of readers and one area that is severely lacking at the library where I work is in the graphic novels section of YA. With the popularity of the Marvel movies, I decided to start there and came across this comic. Now I’m not really a fan of GN but even I have heard of Ms. Marvel from when it came out and decided to add this one to our library. Of course, when it came in I needed to check it out for research purposes. The wink is implied here…
I actually quite liked the GN and finished it in one sitting. I liked that the hero is female and Muslim yet remains relatable to most anyone from the age group. She faces much of the same problems any teen is going to have of fitting in, peer pressure, overbearing parents, struggling to find one’s own identity. I liked that the comic wasn’t over sexualized which will make it an easier sell to parents. It was fun and I hope teens in my community give it a chance.
Overall this book isn’t quite my style and didn’t convert me over to GN or Comics. I still struggle to appreciate the graphics part of them. Ms. Marvel wasn’t really written for someone like me however and I’m keeping that in mind with my rating. I liked it. I see the value of it and look forward to introducing it to others.
My Rating: 4 Stars