Marvel Comics made lots of headlines when the new Ms. Marvel was announced, as the series features the company’s first Muslim superhero. That’s nice, but it would’ve been meaningless if the book wasn’t any good.
Now that I’ve finally gotten around to checking out the first six issues, I’m happy to say it’s great. This book is ridiculously fun.
Kamala Khan is an Avengers fangirl turned superhero, and this Jersey City teenager is still getting the hang of her new powers as the second storyline begins. She’s very likable, and as an outsider who’s just trying to do the right thing, she fits the classic wish-fulfillment trope the superhero genre often excels at. And her stretchy/shrinky powers are not only visually interesting, but they suit the awkwardness of the teenage years.
Of course, every superhero needs a great nemesis, so Ms. Marvel gets…Thomas Edison…a genetically engineered bird-man named Thomas Edison. It’s kind of perfect, actually.
And she gets her first superhero team-up in this issue, and the interaction between the two is nothing short of delightful. She’s enjoying every second of it, and therefore the reader is, too.
More comics need to be like this. It’s great for middle school readers and still plenty of fun for adults.
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Jacob Wyatt
Publisher: Marvel Comics
How to Read It: back issues, Marvel Unlimited, Ms. Marvel vol. 2: Generation Why (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 11 and up