Book Review: Ms Marvel, Vol 2, Generation Why (G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona and Jacob Wyatt)

Publisher: Marvel

Pages: 136

Release Date: April 7th 201

Summary:

Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with the all-new Ms. Marvel and all her friends? Maybe Wolverine can help! If Kamala can stop fan-girling out about meeting her favorite super hero, that is. Then, Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity — by meeting the royal dog, Lockjaw! But why is Lockjaw really with Kamala? As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future. Kamala bands together with some unlikely heroes to stop the maniacal villain before he does real damage, but has she taken on more than she can handle? And how much longer can Ms. Marvel’s life take over Kamala Khan’s? Kamala Khan continues to prove why she’s the best (and most adorable) new super hero there is!

Review:

I just love new Ms Marvel.

But I don’t love reviewing graphic novels – as I’ve said before, it’s like reviewing chapters of a book – so I’m just going to do a quickie of how awesome this second volume is.

  • Kamala is in it and she’s just as amazing as ever. She’s funny and nerdy and passionate and just the best
  • Wolverine is also in it. I felt so happy for her to meet him!
  • Lockjaw! I mean, enough said really. He’s so huge and cute and awesome
  • There were some interesting plot developments that I didn’t see coming
  • The general message was a really good, although it did get a bit heavy handed with the speeches and things towards the end

This was just brilliant and I can’t wait to read more of Kamala’s story.

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A Christmas Book Haul

I don’t often to book hauls, mostly because I don’t really get a lot of books in one go, but I was lucky enough to get so many wonderful books for/around Christmas that I just wanted to share them.

From Publishers

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Before Christmas I got a few exciting booking parcels in the post. One was this lovely set of It Girl books by Katy Birchall from Egmont. I loved the first two books and am excited to see what happens to Anna next. The new covers are gorgeous and I love this new design.

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I also received a copy of Wing Jones by Katherine Webber, from Walker books, which I’m reading at the moment. So many people have been tweeting amazing things about this book and I feel really lucky to have a copy.

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And finally, I have The Fireman by Joe Hill, from Gollancz. When I was emailed about this I’d just finished reading Horns and the offer of another book by Joe Hill was just too tempting.

From Nathan

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The majority of my presents from Nathan were books, which is alright by me! They were a good mix of things he knew I wanted – Noughts & Crosses which I used to borrow off my sister so never had my own copy, Goldenhand because I love The Old Kingdom series, a beautiful illustrated copy of The Lie Tree – and some new things to try as well. I’ve already read Scarlet Witch and can’t wait to get stuck into the rest of them.

From the In-Laws

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Nathan’s parents really know how to do Christmas well, and I was lucky to get a lot of books from them. The one I’m most excited about is The Call by Peadar O’Guilin, which I’ve heard great things about, and The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich, as I loved The Dead House by her.

From my Mom

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And lastly, from my dear old Mom, I got The Muse by Jessie Burton. I read The Miniaturist last year and quite enjoyed it, though I’ll admit I struggled a bit as adult books aren’t really my thing. but it was still an interesting story and I’m looking forward to picking this one up.

This year I’ve decided to prioritise the books I got for Christmas, as last year some of them got lost in all the review books and new books I got throughout the year (I still haven’t read some of them…) So I have my new books in a separate pile and am going to work my way through them, alternating with review books when I have them.

I hope you all had a very bookish Christmas and that the new year holds lots of exciting things for you to read.

Book Review: Ms Marvel, Vol 1, No Normal (G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona)

Publisher: Marvel

Pages: 120

Release Date: October 30th 2014

Summary:

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!

Review:

As soon as I heard about this I knew I had to read it: it just sounded so different from any superhero comic I’ve read before. I was not disappointed.

I loved everything about Kamala. She was such a relatable character, with some of the traits we expect of a superhero – her comedic attitude and self doubt all felt pretty familiar – but also a lot that we don’t normally get. Kamala’s religion is new to me in superhero comics, as I’ve not come across a hero protagonist before. I really enjoyed this perspective, and it was so great to see more diversity in a graphic novel. I’m a firm believer in being able to see yourself and relate to characters in books, and I realise this comes easier to me than others, as a white, middle class is female. But I did grow up in a Muslim household and I loved some of the little touches in Kamala’s household that felt familiar to me. I also liked the fact that my sisters, who are British Muslims, would probably able to relate to Kamala more than your typical white superhero.

Another thing I loved was the lack of sexualisation of Kamala. So many female super heroes are all about the tight, sexy costumes and being drawn stick thin with huge boobs, and that just wasn’t present in this book. It’s another thing that makes Kamala more relatable: she’s just a normal girl, albeit with super powers. She has the same body hang ups and worries as any other girl her age. She’s also a huge superhero nerd, which I adored: I loved her writing Avengers fanfic and hoping to meet them.

Story line wise, this was a good introduction to the new Ms Marvel: it sets up Kamala’s character well and begins to introduce who I can assume will be her main antagonist: the Inventor. It all felt a little like it was over too fast, so I’m really looking forward to the next installment.

For negatives, I’d comment on the art style: while most of the time it looked great, there were a few times in big group or long shots where the details on people’s faces was really simplified. I’ve seen this in a few graphic novels lately and it just feels a bit lazy and looks really odd. I also worried that Kamala’s family were all a bit stereotypical: a devout Muslim brother and strict Muslim parents, but I guess that was part of the driving point of her story, and hopefully they’ll flesh out a bit in later issues.

Overall I really enjoyed reading this: it’s not like any superhero story I’ve read and I can’t wait to see where her story goes.

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