In the past year I’ve gone from being pretty intimidated by the comic book world to being a full fledged enthusiast! Every weekend the husband and I venture down to Things From Another World in Milwaukie, OR (just south of Portland) and pick up our box. It’s a nice treat to catch up on the latest issues and see what’s happening in all these different universes.
Since we get a lot of comics from all over the spectrum, and reading them has become such a huge part of my daily routine, I thought I would change What I’m Reading Wednesday from a mostly YA/fiction book centered feature to a mostly COMIC BOOK feature. Since the world of comics is still a new adventure for me hopefully this will inspire other girls to step into a comic book store and pick up the next issues of Ms. Marvel or Batgirl. But don’t worry if you’re not a huge comic fan, I’ll still feature what I’m reading with my monthly book club and any other great books I read along the way.
Ms. Marvel is one of my favorite new comics. It’s about a Pakistani-American girl named Kamala Khan who wants nothing more than to fit in at school. As she walks home after a party one night, all of Jersey city is enveloped by a strange mist, and when Kamala finally wakes up she realizes she has transformed into her idol, Ms. Marvel (aka Carol Danvers, the now Captain Marvel). What Kamala soon discovers is that she can transform into just about anything she wants, which is a pretty amazing power for a girl who doesn’t feel like she fits in.
I especially love this series because it deals not only with being a teenager, or growing up with strict parents, but it gives another side to a traditional super hero by dealing with race and religion. It’s great for people of color to be able to open a comic book (which are usually pretty damn white washed) and see super hero’s that look like them. This is so freaking important! Women of color are so under represented in the geek world, and I hope that more major comic book publishers will open their minds to showcasing these stories.
So if you’re looking for a new series to check out, or are having a hard time knowing where to start in the comic book world, check out Ms. Marvel. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Not only is the story gripping but the art is superb!
Plus this is sure to be a great costume at any Comic Con! I know I’ll be stalking any ladies dressed up at the next Con I attend and dishing out major high-fives. (And if you pick these up you’ll see how epic Ms. Marvel’s high-five can be.)