REVIEW CORNER: Ms. Marvel # 1
Ms. Marvel # 1
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Adrian Alphona
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: Virtual Calligraphy’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Date: February 2014
I’m kicking off my slew of Ms. Marvel reviews thanks in part to the new series premiering this week on Disney+ so it’s only natural for me to take look at Ms. Marvel # 1, which was part of the “All-New Marvel NOW” initiative from 2014 that introduced a bunch of new series while the others were relaunched with a new # 1 (Looking at you, Amazing Spider-Man!)
We’re introduced to Kamala Khan, a Jersey City resident who enjoys hanging out with her friends, spending time with her family, and writing her Avengers fanfiction. Everything is normal for Kamala but mostly, everybody looks at her as the odd duck due to having such strict parents and her love for anything superheroes, so to prove that she can be cool, Kamala sneaks out to a party at the Jersey waterfront. After getting such horrible treatment by some of the people at the part, Kamala walks home where she’s suddenly surrounded by a Terrigen Mist
(A mutant-causing substance that becomes a vapor from the Terrigen Crystals that alters inhuman biology); After waking up in a Terrigen cocoon, Kamala finds herself transformed into a younger version of Carol Danvers in her original Ms. Marvel costume.
This issue does a terrific job of introducing the readers to Kamala and I feel like anyone who reads this can definitely identify with her love for superheroes so seeing the everyman concept in full effect will win anyone over and make them a fan after reading this first volume. What I also found interesting is how Kamala’s Muslim-Pakistani heritage is well-represented here as it doesn’t go overboard in letting the readers know about it on every page
but it’s her personality that shines throughout the issue and thanks in part to her fanfiction, she represents all comic book geeks in celebrating superheroes with such passion and enthusiasm, but with the Terrigen Mist rewriting her biology and figuring out her powers as the first series progresses really gives her the ultimate origin story.
For anyone who wants to get a head start on reading Kamala Khan’s story in the comics, then give this series a try mainly because it brings to life a new teenage hero doing her best to live up to the legacy of Ms. Marvel all while doing everything she can to prove that she’s worthy of taking on the mantle (Previously used by Carol Danvers) all blazing her own path to greatness.
Well, that’s it for me this week. I’ll be back with another Ms. Marvel review so thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.