Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal
Wilson, G W, and Adrian Alphona. Ms. Marvel: Vol.1. New York: Marvel, 2014. Print. ISBN-13: 978-0785190219 Formats available: hardcover, paperback, ebook. Paperback $12.95.
Info 684 Genre: Graphic Novel
As a 16-year-old Muslim American girl, born in Jersey City to immigrant parents, Kamala has many concerns on her mind, most importantly her desire to “just be normal.” But after she’s gifted (or cursed?) with the powers of Ms. Marvel, will Kamala learn that beauty emerges from our differences. And that there is No Normal?
Themes include: Growing up, identity, culture, family, responsibility, friendship, courage, overcoming expectations.
Awards/Honors: 2015 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, Eisner Award
My Thoughts: No Normal is a really powerful story and important graphic novel. The main character, and super-cool superhero, is a young Muslim-American girl. As she deals with the normal feelings of isolation and wishes to be “normal,” you cannot help but root for her to overcome her obstacles. Watching as Kamala tries to balance her new powers and desire to be a “normal” teenager while trying to respect her parents and her cultural heritage is a touching and powerful experience. Kamala is just the superhero many of us have been searching the skies for!
Liked it? Loved it? Gotta have more of it?
The next book in the series is Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why
- Locate Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal at your local library through Worldcat.org
- Here is an interview with G. Willow Wilson done by Islam Sci-fi
About the Author: G. Willow Wilson began her writing career at 17 years old. Since then she has written several Eisner Award nominated/winning comic books. Wilson is also a novelist, though she currently writes the bestselling monthly comic book series Ms. Marvel for Marvel comics.
- Visit her tumblr to learn more about her and her works
- Find her on Twitter @GWillowWilson
- or on Facebook
Citation & Credits
Book cover image: Courtesy of Amazon.com
Book Talk: Kelsey Bogan. 2015. All rights reserved.
“G. Willow Wilson.” G. Willow Wilson. Web 13 July 2015.