Ms Marvel 2014

NaBloPoMo 2016 #14
Media Monday

Comic Review
No Spoilers

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 by G. Willow Wilson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Series: Ms. Marvel 2014
Issues: 1-19

Presenting the international sensation: the all-new Ms. Marvel! 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 also unlocks a secret behind them. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her prove too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey! It’s history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways)!

This is a review for the entire Ms Marvel 2014 run, which is 19 total issues which I read over two days (praise the Lord for hours spent in doctor waiting rooms, I suppose) and yes, that sounds like a lot because it kind of was.

Move over Scarlet Witch, Kamala Khan might be my new second favorite super-her0 (behind Doctor Strange, of course) and she should be yours too. She’s funny, she’s energetic, and she’s just what the world needs. As much as I read, and as much as I try to read diversely, I’ve never had a Pakistani-American Muslim presented as a superhero who’s ready to save the day. (If you’ve seen this kind of character before, please tell me because I need to read it).

Kamala is funny, brave, and very relatable. She struggles to find a balance between her Muslim family and upbringing, the modern world she lives in, and the challenges of being a super hero. There are even a lot of Islamic phrases and terms used by the characters to provide an added layer of believability, but don’t worry about getting lost, whenever those terms are used they make sure to add in a definition.

The supporting characters are just as wonderful and diverse as Kamala, from her immigrant parents, to her hyper-religious brother (who is the kind of devout a Muslim should be, not an extremist which he, being a pacifist, is strongly against), her best friend Nakia, and her best friend and co-conspirator Bruno.

I don’t want to spoil any of the story line for you, but I will say that there are a few cameos from other famous marvel characters, but they never take the spotlight away from Kamala.

If comics are at all your thing, I suspect you’ll really love the new Ms. Marvel!

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Thor: The World Eaters

Comic Review
Spoilers under a readmore

Thor: The World EatersThor: The World Eaters by Matt Fraction

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Comic Book
Publisher: Marvel
Series: Thor #615-621

One of my friends has been pestering me for months to get into reading comics, so I finally did, but, against her wishes, its not the X-Men that I read first. It was Thor.

I apologize X-Friend, but this was good.

A different friend of mine – you may have noticed, but all my friends are nerds – convinced me to read the kid Loki comics, and this is where he’s introduced, so this is where I started. I know very little about comics, I’ve only read a small handful of them, and most of them are by Matt Fraction (his Hawkeye is the best) and so I was pretty excited to read this.

This also takes place just after the infamous Lady Loki that everyone talks about (and let me tell you, she deserves to be talked about!) and its really quite great, and also after Ragnarok (I’m not sure if its related in any way to the upcoming movie).

Spoilers

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Media Monday
Movie Review
Contains Spoilers

I saw this for the first time yesterday, when I also saw Age of Ultron for the first time (that will be next week’s Media Monday). That was my prom afterparty and I live tweeted the whole thing for your reading pleasure (unfortunately my prom date/comic fanatic friend who watched Deadpool, X-Men, and Batman vs Superman with me couldn’t make it (another friend did though and we had a blast)). So there are going to be spoilers in here, but thats just because I think I’m the last human being on the planet to watch this and honestly if you haven’t by now you probably know how it ends (I did).

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Batman vs Superman

Media Monday
Movie Review
No Spoilers

The best thing about this review is that I won’t tell you how this is or isn’t like the comics or the other Batman or Superman movies because I have no idea what I’m talking about. I’ve seen two Batman movies and those weird Scooby-Doo crossover episodes.

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