Kamala Khan is the superhero I’ve been waiting for. She’s a woman. Dark hair. Dark skin. Brown eyes. A Muslim. There is nothing sexy about her costume. She fights bad guys plus bigotry with her wit and intelligence (along with her powers). Marvel was taking a risk re-introducing the new generation of Ms. Marvel and it was a risk worth taking— it is one of the best-selling digital comics in Marvel history. Just like any superhero, Kamala has her fights. But her fights with enemies aren’t as interesting as the enemies she battles in her personal life— feminism, bigotry, self esteem, body issues, and defending her Muslim faith. Her powers may be impressive in terms of superheroes but the real power is the message Marvel sends— women are powerful, fighting fists or not.
As someone who has always felt left out, my personality always felt “off” because I was quieter or just had a weird sense of humor, or because I was the only one of my friends that didn’t have blonde hair and blue eyes; I can relate to Kamala’s struggle with acceptance of who she is. When she does get her super powers from a toxic fog, she has an even bigger conflict within herself- "My chances of becoming an intergalactic superhero are even slimmer than my chances of becoming blonde and popular." he finally gets her wish to be blonde, have a "sexy" costume and she hates it. She later realizes she is just as powerful being herself in a costume she makes.
If you want something to read this Labor Day or if you’re interested in starting a comic but you aren’t sure what to pick up, Ms. Marvel is a good one to introduce in your first collection. Not only will it set the bar high for women in comics, but you’ll want to root for a new character. There is no blood (unless you count mutants), there is no cussing for those wondering if their kids can read this, and at the end of the series I felt a boost of girl power. Read it online here or buy it for your bookshelf here.