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Review #124 // No Normal (Ms. Marvel #1) – G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

Kamala Khan is just a normal Pakistani-American Muslim girl living in Jersey City. She likes to write superhero fanfictions, and hang with her friends Nakia and Bruno. But when Kamala sneaks out to go to a party, and somehow gets the power to change how she looks, Kamala realizes that maybe she isn’t as prepared as she thought.

Why this book?: I’d heard it was a fun comic! Plus, a Pakistani-American Muslim MC in a comic? Sign me the fuck up!

I’m not much of a comic reader, but I really have to say that this one really showed me the potential behind all of them. Not only did Ms. Marvel have a fun story, but I also got caught up in the beauty of all drawings. One thing that I really appreciate about everything being drawn is that there’s no possibility for whitewashing when the character is literally drawn in front of your face.

With all of the characters, I found myself getting attached to them because not only did I get to see them, but I got to see their actions and expressions and their homes and families. The difference between seeing and reading made me realize that some stories are better drawn than writtenMs. Marvel is definitely one of the former.

Not only was the story interesting, but it was also kickass and fast-paced. Kamala got her powers, and immediately you got to see her test them out and figure out how to mesh both of her lives. One thing that is rarely shown in superhero shows is the balance between the real life, and the superhero life. In Ms. Marvel, you got to see both sides, and how they conflicted with each other. The pacing fit really well as well, because you’d have scenes with Kamala being a super badass, and then the next her struggling with lying to her parents to protect them. That made a perfect mixture of fast-paced action, and real life.

Final Rating: ★★★★☆


This comic made me interested in reading others! It was an amazing story to read, and it had the perfect pace to match the story. The only reason it didn’t get a five star is that it didn’t really blow me out of the water.

Would I Recommend?

Hell yeah! Especially if you’re looking to broaden your horizons. It’s a nice comic series to start off with, because not only is it diverse, but it’s just a generally fun story!

Additional Information:

Published: October 30th, 2014

Publisher: Marvel

Page Count: 120

Genre: Graphic novels/Young Adult

Synopsis: via Goodreads

Marvel Comics presents the new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation!

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!

It’s history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (RUNAWAYS)! Collecting MS. MARVEL (2014) #1-5 and material from ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.

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