Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

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ms marvel no normal coverKamala Khan is a Pakistani-American who has grown up in Jersey City, New Jersey. Living with her immigrant parents and devoutly religious older brother, Kamala often struggles to fit in, not just at home but among her peers as well. Finding that line between American culture and her family’s religious background is very difficult for her.

One night, determined to go to a party her parents forbade her to attend, Kamala sneaks out through her bedroom window. But at the party she is ridiculed for her Pakistani heritage and tricked into taking a sip of alcohol. Frustrated and saddened by this experience, she leaves the party and runs for home. However, before she can reach the safety of her room, the entire city is engulfed in some sort of ominous mist. Consumed by a hallucination wherein Captain Marvel asks Kamala what she wants to be, Kamala responds by declaring: “I want to be you.” When she awakens from the hallucination, back on the streets, she’s not the same; her body is transforming. Kamala must discover who she really is—not just as a Pakistani-Muslim-American, but as a super human.

I loved, loved, loved this new graphic novel series. This relatively new style of re-envisioning classic super hero stories to include and star minorities is awesome! America is a diverse nation and it never made any sense that only white dudes got granted special powers or were altered by radioactive goo. I cannot wait to see what Kamala does next and what doors she will open for new takes on superheroes.

Check the PPLC Catalog for Ms. Marvel.

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