Ms Mar­vel: No Nor­mal

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The Path Of Khan

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

120 pages | Pub­lisher: Mar­vel Writer: G Wil­low Wilson Artist: Adrian Alphona

With so many

su­per­hero comics aimed firmly at teenage boys, an­nounc­ing a new se­ries star­ring a young, fe­male Mus­lim su­per­hero was al­ways go­ing to at­tract at­ten­tion. Thank­fully, the new in­car­na­tion of Ms Mar­vel has not only net­ted plenty of press cov­er­age but is also one of the most en­joy­able su­per- sto­ries to ar­rive in years.

It’s the story of Ka­mala Khan, the geeky teenage daugh­ter of a New Jersey- based Mus­lim fam­ily, who’s do­ing her best to cope with a life where she doesn’t quite fit when a mys­te­ri­ous cloud gifts her with su­per­pow­ers. Sud­denly, Ka­mala can change her shape and size. Her fan­girl love of Avengers like Cap­tain Mar­vel leads to her tak­ing up the man­tle of Ms Mar­vel, and soon she’s cross­ing paths with enig­matic vil­lain the In­ven­tor…

G Wil­low Wilson has crafted an en­ter­tain­ing script that taps into the em­pow­er­ing na­ture of su­per­hero tales while care­fully de­pict­ing Ka­mala’s Mus­lim back­ground with­out ever feel­ing too wor­thy. This first vol­ume, which col­lects the first five is­sues, rein­ter­prets su­per­hero sta­ples in a funny and en­gag­ing style, and Adrian Alphona’s art is both re­al­is­tic and manga- es­que, giv­ing the story a bright, car­toony edge.

For those who like their su­per­hero sto­ries up­beat and ac­ces­si­ble, this is a must- buy, and it also shows the kind of fas­ci­nat­ing di­rec­tions a more di­verse ap­proach can open up for main­stream comics. Saxon Bul­lock Wilson is also an ac­claimed prose writer; she won the World Fan­tasy Award in 2013 for her de­but novel, Alif The Un­seen.

Wally is prob­a­bly in here some­where.

Nose- pick­ing moved to the left hand.

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