Hey, guys! Today we will be discussing the first volume in the Ms. Marvel series by G. Willow Wilson! I would say I am excited, but unfortunately, I did not like it. I just had a lot of problems with it, which I will get into. I just think this is better suited to someone younger than me. I think fourteen-year-old Allie would have liked this a whole more than nineteen-year-old Allie did. But let’s just go ahead and get into it!
“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 unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey! ”
I don’t know what I was expecting from this graphic novel, but this was not it. I honestly was just really excited to read this because there was a person of color as the main character, and I am all about having diverse representation, but I ended up not enjoying this as much as I thought I would. I read the first comic book issue a couple of weeks ago, and I really enjoyed that, so I figured I would enjoy the rest of the comics too. But that did not end up being the case.
Just to be clear, I did not hate this book. I kind of just felt, “Meh.” about it. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible. I did not really connect with any of the characters, and I didn’t find any of them to have anything appealing about them. It’s not that they were terrible characters, but I ended up just not caring for them at all. I had trouble even trying to feel anything towards her parents, even when there was supposed to be emotional scenes in it.
I honestly did not care about the storyline at all. I thought it was super simple, kind of boring, and I just had no interest in it whatsoever, which was really disappointing for me. I think the writer and illustrator both were trying to make the storyline emotional, which would have to be tied to the characters, but that did not end up happening. Because I didn’t really care about the characters, I didn’t care about the storyline.
Overall, I really wish I would have liked this more. I thought the artwork was really simplistic as well as the the characters being one-dimensional and the plot being very underdeveloped. I wish I would have enjoyed this more, but ultimately, I just was not a big fan of this graphic novel, and I will not be continuing on with the series.
And there you have it! That was my review of Ms. Marvel: No Normal. What is your favorite graphic novel? Sound off in the comments down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!