Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel

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Graphic Novel - 2014
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Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American girl from Jersey City who lives a conservative Muslim lifestyle with her family, suddenly acquires superhuman powers and, despite the pressures of school and home, tries to use her abilities to help her community.
Publisher: Marvel Enterprises 2014
New York, N.Y. : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, LLC, [2014]
ISBN: 9780785190219
078519021X
Branch Call Number: GN MS.MARVEL
Characteristics: color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Alphona, Adrian - Artist
Alternative Title: No normal

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ArapahoeLauraRose Jul 03, 2018

Kamala Khan is a delight! Funny, nerdy, good-hearted, and always on a mission to be the best version of herself. Wonderful cast of characters, both Jersey City natives and heroes from the wider Marvel universe. And WOW are the evils that Kamala battles relevant to our world: from the exploitation of vulnerable populations, to gentrification, to religious intolerance, to what happens when the pursuit of justice itself turns unjust. But the narrative never gets too heavy. With Kamala as Ms. Marvel, the series never lacks for humor, hope, and power. If you're a frequent Marvel comics reader, then you'll recognize a lot of the larger plot-lines going on in and around this run. But, if you're a newbie or are returning after a while away, never fear! Ms. Marvel stands very well on her own.

RDPL_Teens Mar 07, 2018

Such a refreshing comic series! Stars Kamala Khan, a young muslim girl from New Jersey who gains powers and uses them to defend her friends, family and her city. Highly recommend for those who enjoy other Marvel series and those who are wanting to read more diverse voices too.

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

A great graphic series about a teen superhero trying to balance friends, school, family life, culture, and, ya know, generally saving the world!

Joey_S_ Jan 08, 2018

Rarely has a mainstream super-hero series been so accessible to a wide variety of readers. Kamala's experience as a New Jersey Muslim intertwines with her new awakening as a super-powered "Inhuman" and is related with a fresh, fun and poignant voice.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 04, 2017

The graphic novel Ms. Marvel: No normal by G. Willow Wilson was okay but it did not live up to my expectations. I really liked how there was a woman of color as the lead character, however, I thought that the plot was kind of confusing, therefore, I found it a little hard to tell what was going on and I thought that some of the situations that Ms. Marvel got into were a little ridiculous, also I thought that the characters could have been more developed. Despite all the confusion with the plot, I thought that it was a cute coming of age story that will resonate with a lot of young Muslim women since the main character Ms. Marvel is Muslim. I would recommend this book to all young women who are trying to find out who they are. I would give this book 3 stars out of 5.
- @MissB148 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

An actual relatable superhero for me, a Muslim teenage girl who lives in New Jersey, and has to deal with high school and justice responsibilities. Other than the representation, I do think she's an interesting character, and her storylines are more lighthearted than most other superheroes of the genre. I would definitely recommend this to other people to read regardless of their demographic. We see her struggle with racism/xenophobia and dealing with her new powers too.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

Kamala Khan is an ordinary New Jersey girl who loves superheroes. Her world is turned upside down when she becomes one herself, and struggles to incorporate this new power into her already crazy high school life. This generation's Peter Parker, this story is great for all the teenagers who are certain they'll never make it out of high school alive, and know that there's better things in the world out there, just waiting for them.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 28, 2017

Ms. Marvel is awesome! Love the art work and the story, I can't wait to read more!!!

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wildct2003
Jul 19, 2017

Enjoyable super hero comic. Delighted in the detailed humor put in the background of many scenes (e.g., "GM-Os tasty cereal: Listen to your gut, not the lawsuits" and "Low hanging fruit juice: adequate apple"). Many books would just have squiggle lines instead of words, but not this one.

FindingJane Jun 20, 2017

Teenaged superheroes have their own set of problems. Adult supers have to deal with only supervillains, alien conquerors from other planets and the occasional escaped dangerous lab experiment. Adolescents in their shoes have to worry about homework, grades and curfew.

Kamala Khan has the additional burden of a repressive religious background. She’s never fitted in with her supposed Pakistani heritage (she’s been reared in New Jersey, for goodness sake) but yearning to be blond and beautiful so she can run with the popular crowd isn’t happening for her either. Her parents want her to attend pre-wedding ceremonies, go to temple and keep away from boys and alcohol (no parties for you, missy!). So they ground her at the first sign of trouble.

Unfortunately, trouble comes in the form of a mysterious ground mist. Goodbye, adolescence. Hello, superpower.

In one of the most bizarre transformation scenes I’ve ever witnessed in and out of a comic book, Kamala’s change is accompanied by a mind-altering vision featuring the Avengers. It’s so funny that I actually found myself laughing. You’ve never seen funny until you’ve seen Iron Man cradling what looks like a winged sloth and flashing a peace sign.

The illustrations are expressive without being heavy on detailing. But I enjoyed the differences, especially scenes when Kamala is having mundane interactions with her friends and family. They pose an integral part of her story, not merely as inconveniences to be shoved aside when she has to dart out to fight crime.

This is a superhero origin story with a difference and one that drew me in from the first page when I saw Kamala drooling over a harim sandwich. American or not, ordinary or super powered, life is filled with tough choices. Ms. Khan has her work cut out for her and I can’t wait to see her take it on—along with all the assorted bad guys in New Jersey.

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therhiannamater
Apr 25, 2017

Honestly, I can't think of a single negative thing to say about this first volume. Kamala is spunky and energetic, super likable, and the story is just plain fun. I'm the first to say I'm not the biggest Marvel fan, but this introduction to Ms. Marvel has me hooked.

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2015 Hugo Award Finalist
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Violence: Superhero violence.

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"Good is not a thing you are.
It's a thing you do."

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