Ms. Marvel, by G. Willow Wilson

Five stars, first book read in June 2015.

Have you read the Ms. Marvel series yet??

Kamala Kahn has exciting action and excellent stories, but I love her most for who she is: a girl balancing all the complicated aspects of life and knowing that only she gets to decide who and what she’ll be. She’s a high school student, a Muslim girl, a daughter and sister who loves her familyand she’s a superhero with strength, compassion, ingenuity, and fierce protectiveness of her home. This comic explicitly calls out society’s bullshit while telling a fantastic story, and if you haven’t read it yet, you want to. I promise.

I really enjoyed the first two volumes but I think the third and fourth are getting even better. Kamala is more comfortable with her powers now, and her battles are bigger. She’s dealing with major antagonist forces as well as all the usual teenage struggleswhich aren’t easy, as anyone who’s reached or grown through that stage knows.

If you read comics, you’ll be excited about the cameos here and there; Wolverine, Loki, and Captain Marvel herself have all made appearances, plus a few Inhuman characters who I suspect I might recognize if I had more background knowledge of the Marvel universe.

I was never into comics before the last few months, but I’ve been reading a lot lately and it’s so exciting to see how many women are kicking ass in their own titles. Kamala Khan is one of the youngest, but she’s also one of the best and most unique. You’ll probably love her if you’re into Marvel comics, and you’ll probably love her even if you’re not. Either way this is a series definitely worth checking out.

Read-alike: Princeless, Vol. 1: Save Yourself, by Jeremy Whitley
                        Batgirl, Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside, by Cameron Stewart

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