Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

20898019Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: 2014
Publisher: Marvel
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action, Superheroes, Coming of Age, High School


Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When 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 bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey!


This series is so popular that the poster for the first volume was featured on Alex’s wall in her room at college in one of the episodes of the sitcom Modern Family. That is amazing.

Kamala is a Muslim-American teen whose parents are strict. For instance, they forbid her from going to a party with boys and alcohol, even if everybody else is going and it’s a safe enough environment.

But Kamala wants a normal life, and is tired of her parents’ expectations, so she goes against her parents’ wishes. Now what happens is not normal at all, but oh well, maybe Kamala was at the right place at the right time.

She becomes Ms. Marvel. Now she has powers and can use the latter for good. Definitely not normal. Then again, maybe normal does not actually exist.

Kamala is a wonderful heroine I had no problem connecting with from start to finish. She is a seventeen-year-old who is looking to try new—and safe, of course—experiences, just like we all were at that age.

This volume mostly consists of Kamala dealing with her new powers and Ms. Marvel title, and to do that she will need to embrace herself and open up to someone who can help her navigate through her new life. Still, there are great action scenes. I do wonder what her powers truly are because right now they seem pretty limitless. Can she really do anything and everything?

An incredible kickass series to be enjoyed by both teen girls and boys. Or adults. It’s that addictive.


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