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I’ve Got My Fingers Crossed for Ms. Marvel

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I liked Ms. Marvel #1. If you’ve missed out on the details, the new Ms. Marvel series is written by G. Willow Wilson and focuses on a teenaged Muslim girl in Jersey City named Kamala Khan.

And you know what? I liked Kamala, I liked her friend Nakia, and I even liked the portrayal of the stereotypically problematic White Straw Feminist Concern Troll because we see that person everywhere these days. (If we can’t laugh at this kind of stuff, what else can we do?)

Oh my Gawd, Zoe, you can't just ask people why they're — shit wrong fandom.

Oh my Gawd, Zoe, you can’t just ask people why they’re — shit wrong fandom.

And what I really liked about Kamala is that she is a nerdy teenager who writes fanfiction where the Avengers fight dragons to save unicorns, that she is struggling to carve out her identity despite the preconceived notions of her peers and the expectations of her family. Is it a common trope? Yes, but the tropes are not bad in and of themselves. We only have broad strokes of a family dynamic, but it’s a promising start for a first issue to well-hyped series.

msmarvel-1What’s really interesting is how Kamala discovers her superpowers: a mysterious gas causes her to hallucinate Iron Man, Captain America, and Captain Marvel singing Khusaru folk songs with her stuffed animals. She expresses her angst, her desire to be like Captain Marvel, and when the fog clears, there she stands… as Carol Danvers.

Well then. You did say you wanted to be her, Kamala. She did warn you that it wouldn’t turn out like you expected, and so she literally shapeshifts into what she considers to be the American ideal of normal beauty.

What this is going to say about Kamala in future issues should prove interesting. She’s definitely not a superhero, let alone Ms. Marvel yet, but she’s definitely on her way.

Purple-haired Pepper Potts.

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