Author: G. Willow Wilson (author), Adrian Alphona (artist)
Published Date: October 30, 2014
Publishing Co.: Marvel
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This was cute. That’s the best description I can think of. It follows Kamala Khan, a Muslim American teenager struggling with her identity. Why does she have to eat weird foods, and have an “odd” religion? I want shake her and shout, “High school is stupid! Who wants to be a sheep in the flock anyway?!” But, that’s the perspective of someone who didn’t fit in in high school and who at almost 31 could give a damn what anyone thinks. (Doesn’t mean I’m not right though, high school is stupid.)
As like most teenagers, she sneaks out of the house to attend a forbidden party. A weird fog descends upon the city, she passes out in the street, only to dream an encounter with the Avengers. She’s granted super powers and wakes up being able to shapeshift. The rest of the volume is figuring out her costume and what exactly she’s going to use these superpowers for.
There is the potential for a lot from this comic, but at the same time, I’m so over the high school years that I don’t know that I’m going to want to continue reading about problems at school and then saving the world after hours.