Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel

Vol. 1

Graphic Novel - 2015
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Growing up Muslim in Jersey City isn't easy. For a girl so desperate to fit in, 16-year-old Kamala only ever seems to be the odd one out, with the unusual food rules and strict family. Her only escape is her Avengers fan fiction - wouldn't it be cool to be like Captain Marvel? So tall and blonde and glamorous - only it's got to be the classic lightning-bolt costume with the thigh-high boots. Then Kamala would feel strong and confident and beautiful. But as her wise old Abu might tell her, be careful what you wish for. When the Terrigen Mists descend, Kamala gets a taste of the costumed life - but it's nothing like she expected.
Publisher: New York : Marvel Worldwide, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780785198284
Branch Call Number: TEEN WILSON
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm.
Alternative Title: Ms. Marvel. 1


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Hands down, one of the best comics out there. Ms. Marvel is fierce and funny.

Kamala Khan is the voice of every teenager who has ever struggled with identity. Her fierceness will inspire you.

New Jersey teenager Kamala Khan struggles to balance school and the expectations of her strict immigrant family. Maybe if she had superpowers like Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) life would be easier. Umm, not so much. Start this Eisner Award-nominated and Hugo-winning comic series with "No N... Read More »

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SnoIsleLib_DawnR Jun 17, 2017

Kamala works overtime to balance school, her new found superpowers, and being a good Muslim daughter.

Is 16-year-old Kamala, a geeky Muslim-American teen, ready for superhero powers?

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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.

Nov 04, 2017

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!!!

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.

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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Aug 25, 2015

2015 Hugo Award Finalist
Best Graphic Story


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Violence: Superhero violence.


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"Good is not a thing you are.
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