I cannot wait to have Ms Marvel in my library.
For those unfamiliar, Ms Marvel is only the greatest comic ever. And the last year of issues were 100% my gateway into the world of comics.
But backing up to the 70s, Marvel has a pretty great, entwined history with the honorific “Ms” thanks to Wonder Woman and Gloria Steinem. Even if you care nothing at all about comics or feminism, do read Jill Lepore’s phenomenal The Secret History of Wonder Woman because the man who created that series has the soapiest, weirdest life story.
So, Marvel married the terms in 1977 with the creation of Ms Marvel, a series that existed on and off for the next 33 years starring Carol Danvers (the eventual Kamala Khan’s hero and namesake). Promoting Danvers to Captain means Kamala gets to head a reboot and that we’ll get a Captain Marvel movie in 2018. A win for everyone.
So, the new Ms Marvel, Kamala Khan, is a Pakistani American teenaged girl first and foremost. Beyond that, she learns that she is a shapeshifter and must use those powers to save her world. Along the way, she gets to work with Wolverine and a giant teleporting dog (Lockjaw) while trying to balance her exciting new life with the demands of her family.
I started the series not having really read much by way of comics but knowing that Kamala was extraordinary. People love her, people relate to her, and I think just having her as an option for what a hero can look like is so important. I went in with the highest of expectations.
There is no possible way that this series can do anything but exceed even the most astronomical of expectations. It’s funny, exciting, hopeful, and is really compassionate to its characters.
And Henrietta is getting the two most recent volumes starring Kamala (No Normal and Generation Why) as well as about half of the original 1977 Danvers run. I can’t wait to have Kamala in my library and to be able to read where she came from.
But hurry up and hold them because as much as I want to be able to see their beautiful covers everyday, I want even more to be able to share the fun.