Title: Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal
Illustrator: Adrian Alphona
Pages: Trade Paperback; 120
Recommended Age Group: 13+
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she's comin' for you, New York! It's history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways)!
Look, I'm not even going to try to deny how much I love this. I'm fangirling over Kamala and her story, and I don't care who knows it! Comics need more female characters. They need women who aren't wrapped in physics-defying costumes, blond and busty. Most of all, comics need main characters who are people of color. Check, check, and CHECK! Ms. Marvel: No Normal absolutely checks all of these things off, and it does it perfectly.
I won't gush TOO much, but these panels are beautiful! If you read through this, slow down and soak it all in. There are funny and cute little additions in the backgrounds of panels that you can only appreciate if you take your time. I love how Adrian Alphona made Kamala so normal. So lovable, a little dorky, a little disheveled. She could be any one of us, on any normal day. You know, except with the super powers and all.
Story wise, this is just a perfect introduction to Kamala and her Ms. Marvel beginning! I'm not super familiar with Captain Marvel. I don't know a lot about the Marvel universe in general, in fact. I still felt perfectly comfortable diving into this. I had some giggles, I had some happy sighs, and at the end I just wanted more.