Review: Ms. Marvel
Thursday, May 28, 2015 10:00 AM

Ms. Marvel [1], No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona ( Miss Marvel (Marvel Now!), 1). New York, NY: Marvel Worldwide, Inc, a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, LLC, 2014. 9780785190219.


Kamala Khan is a normal teenage girl who dreams of being a superhero, working with the Avengers. When she goes to a party an unexpected fog rolls in and she finds herself talking to Captain Marvel, who gifts her with extraordinary gifts. Soon Kamala realizes that being a superhero with superpowers is not as easy as she always dreamed. Kamala has to learn to balance her personal life with her new identity, all while saving friends from a villain who is moving in on New York.


To be honest, until this year I only read graphic novels if I had to for work, but I’ve been finding that they really are something special, and Ms. Marvel really kick started my interest in graphic novels. Ms. Marvel introduces a new superhero, who is not only female, she is also Muslim. This provides readers who are not familiar with the Islamic religion a look into some of the beliefs. One of the best parts is the different ranges of spirituality among her family and friends. From super laid back (Kamala) to her brother is who consistently praying to the point that it interferes with the rest of his life. Really bringing the difference in religion home is the use of Urdu within the text. This is unique, and very well done. The characters are very relatable. Kamala is a normal teenager, dreaming of being like the people whom she admires most. Lastly, the artwork and layout are beautiful and easy to follow, especially for someone who is new to reading graphic novels.

Further Information

Ms. Marvel is a great title for exposing teens (and adults) to a religion they might not have had much exposure to, as well as being a great introduction into the genre of graphic novels. The book itself is meant for teenagers, but I feel like it could be read by adults and mature kids. The biggest thing to keep in mind for determining if someone should read it is the party scene with underage drinking. Finally, Ms. Marvel can serve as a tie in to this summer’s reading program if your library is using the Collaborative Summer Library Program, UNMASKED.

If you liked Ms. Marvel also check out, Ares: Bringer of War by George O’Connor, Bad Girls: sirens, Jezebels, murderesses, thieves and other female villains by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple illustrated by Rebecca Guay, and Steelheart (The Reckoners, 1) by Brandon Sanderson.

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