Covering Issues #1-7
This has become one of the most enjoyable reads for me in the current Marvel titles, because it doesn’t center on the life-or-death struggles that are typical of the superhero genre in the modern era of comics. In many ways, Kamala Khan’s life mirrors that of Peter Parker’s early stories, in that her biggest worry is keeping her secret from her family and keeping her studies up. I just hope that the defining moment of Peter’s life—the death of a family member—doesn’t come about in Kamala’s experiences, because I think that would end up making the comic way darker than it currently is coming across.
What I really like about this character is that she grows with her new powers. A fan of the original Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, Kamala idolizes the superhero to the point that when she gets her abilities she immolates Danvers in ever physical appearance possible. It isn’t until a few days later that she decides to create her own style for the superhero name, designing her own costume (with some help) and making a name for herself without standing on Carol’s shoulders. She looks up to the older woman as an icon, a person to strive to be, but as she has her own adventures and experiences, she realizes that she need not fall in lockstep with Danvers in order to be the hero that she wants or even deserves to be. Even Wolverine has stated that she is finding her footing all on her own and does not need to be coddled, and this is from a mutant who has long been overprotective of his protégés.
The artwork is also compelling and lovely, a nice blend of realism without feeling as though I’m going to be overwhelmed by splash pages. The writing and the art work hand in hand to tell the story in such a well-balanced way that this really has become one of the best reads in my current pull list. The creative team for this title is so good that I wish they were able to work on some other characters together; I would be very interested in seeing their take on Peter Parker, or Nova, or even some of the X-Men.
I would like to know if Kamala will ever tell her family about her new-found sense of self; she has very loving parents who see her as being a typical teen girl rebelling against her parents, so it would probably be a bit of a shock to know just how she spends her nights. I’m really appreciative of the fact that her spiritual advisor, a man that her parents trust explicitly, have even said to her that her actions are good, even if he doesn’t know the full extent of them; this is certainly not what I expected when I first read that she was being sent to speak to him for advice. It’s reassuring that a religious leader can impart wisdom that isn’t seen as overzealous or misguided in the face of realism; so often in comics it is other the other way around.
I’m not sure what exactly the future holds for Kamala Khan and her life, but I know that I am going to be right here reading her adventures. Keep it up, Wilson and Alphona; do not disappoint.