Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal – G. Willow Wilson
“Who am I? It seems like an easy question. And then I realize… Maybe what I said to those cops wasn’t a joke. Maybe the name belongs to whoever has the courage to fight. And so I tell them. I tell them who I am”
Ms. Marvel, vol. 1: No Normal was my first experience at reading a graphic novel or comic book and what a wonderful experience it was! A great place to start for people who haven’t delved into comics before!
Since this is a review, there are potentials for spoilers. If you don’t want to know anything whatsoever about this graphic novel, please do not read further. You have been warned.
Kamala Khan is an ordinary teenager from New Jersey, until she is thrust into the inhuman world when she is exposed a Terrigen Bomb. This is Kamala’s origin story as she attempts to figure out who she is; Daughter, Teenager, Muslim, Inhuman, Ms. Marvel, and save New Jersey while she is at it.
Adrian Alphona is the artist behind Ms. Marvel and I don’t have much to compare it to, but I thought the artwork was fun and eye catching. I really think it brought the story together nicely.
Occasionally, the detail behind the artwork lacked slightly on more zoomed out shots. Please note I have no experience with artwork, nor am I talented enough to create something near as amazing, but I did find the lack of detail in some parts was a bit underwhelming.
The plot was entertaining, the first half of the book was mostly the origin story and getting to know our main character. The next half delved into Kamala learning how to use her powers to save people. I enjoyed the plot, it was a very quick read, and the plot was interesting enough to keep me entertained.
I think the main plot hole was the lack of detail on Kamala’s transition into Ms. Marvel. It was sketchy on details, and it left me rather confused on how it happened. Yes it was a Terrigen bomb, but why was she the only one affected? Hopefully in the next installment we find out more.
G. Willow Wilson’s writing in this graphic novel was entertaining, and I found it a very fun first volume. The visuals and writing were very suited to each other, but I felt the writing was more suited to middle grade reading.
Kamala our main character and heroine is a typical teenager, rebelling against the rules her family has enforced. She was a new look for Marvel and I was so excited to finally read about a diverse superhero! Kamala is a Pakistani American Muslim and I appreciated her as a character. She was young and experimental with her powers which was realistic and I really appreciated her youthful personality, with a little added teenage attitude which was GREAT.
I really liked Kamala’s family, they were a little stereotypical in some places, but it didn’t take away from how much I enjoyed their parts in this comic. There are so many side characters we were introduced to within volume one that I couldn’t possibly mention them all… But I am excited to delve more into them and especially the culture behind the Khan family!!!
Ms. Marvel is a light, fun read, and I definitely will be continuing with this superheroes adventure that is rich with diversity and entertaining characters!
Favourite Quote: ‘I’d say “come at me bro,” but I have a feeling you’re gonna do that anyway.’
Rating: 3/5 stars
*Quick disclaimer that this is my first graphic novel and my first graphic novel review, so I do not imply that I am an expert, this is just my opinion.