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This coming January, Marvel Comics will continue to break new ground in its rich storytelling history as it launches the new monthly Ms. Marvel debuting as part of the Company’s popular All-New Marvel NOW! initiative. The All-New Marvel NOW! Launch provides readers and fans with accessible stories of their favorite characters, and in the case of Ms. Marvel, stunning new characters to delve into and explore. The All-New Ms. Marvel will be introduced in January in a special All-New Marvel NOW! Point One Comic Book in advance of the Marvel NOW! Ms. Marvel dedicated series in February 2014.

Ms. Marvel will center on 16-year-old Kamala Khan, a Muslim-American teenager living in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Like any teenager, all of her opportunities are in front her and she is full of potential, but her parents’ high expectations come with tons of pressure and has led Kamala to carve out a future that she has little interest in.

“At her core, Kamala is just a 16-year-old girl, exploring the many facets of her identity when she is suddenly bestowed with super-human powers that send her on the adventure of a lifetime,” says Marvel Comics Editor In Chief Axel Alonso.

The series, and its central character, are brought to life by an all-star creative team, led by acclaimed novelist and multi-Eisner nominee, G. Willow Wilson (Air, Mystic, Alif The Unseen). Her writings about modern religion have appeared in such outlets as New York Times’ Magazine and The Atlantic.  Critically-acclaimed artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways, Uncanny X-Force) brings his vivid artistry to the project capturing the vibrantly rich and kinetic world in which Kamala lives.

Series editor, Sana Amanat, states, “The inspiration for the new Ms. Marvel series stemmed out of a desire to explore the Muslim-American diaspora from an authentic perspective and yet, this story isn’t about what it means to be a Muslim, Pakistani or American. Those are just cultural touchstones that reflect the ever changing world we live in today.  This is ultimately a tale about what it means to be young, lost amidst the expectations bestowed upon you, and what happens when you get to choose.”

Writer, G. Willow Wilson, “I wanted Ms. Marvel to be true-to-life, something real people could relate to, particularly young women. High school was a very vivid time in my life, so I drew heavily on those experiences–impending adulthood, dealing with school, emotionally charged friendships that are such a huge part of being a teenager.” Willow continues, “It’s for all the geek girls out there, and everybody else who’s ever looked at life from the fringe.”

Every FIRST ISSUE bearing the All New Marvel NOW! branding includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices.

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Once again, the biggest creators bring you the biggest characters in the biggest stories…and it’s happening NOW!

Ms. Marvel #1 blasts off this February!  For more on Ms. Marvel & All-New Marvel NOW!, please visit now.marvel.com and join in the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MsMarvel.

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8 Comments

  1. SmarkingOut Adam
    November 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm — Reply

    I think it’s fascinating and cool that they took the character in a different racial direction, but did they have to name her Kamala? Please tell me she won’t wear a star and moon and slap her tummy.

  2. November 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm — Reply

    Is this Marvel’s response to the Muslim Green Lantern?

  3. Oldcomicfan
    November 6, 2013 at 8:59 pm — Reply

    This reminded me of when Marvel introduced Miles Morales. “Tee Hee, see how clever we are? We’re giving you a minority Spider-Man – two minorities for the price of one! Aren’t we Oh So Politically Correct?”

    Can we please stop playing Musical Minorities and just write good comics instead? Since it’s most likely going to be written and drawn by aging fat white men and not a sixteen year old girl, a woman, or an Arab-American, it will have all the social significance of a slice of Wonder Bread.

    By the way calling an Arab-American a “Muslim-American” is just as offensive as called aging fat white men “Christian-Americans”, “Jewish-Americans” or “Mormon-Americans”. Marvel is mixing religions with nationalities. Why should Muslims be singled out for that sort of treatment? That smacks of being a subtle form of prejudice in my rather grumpy and humble opinion.

    Worse yet, it’s really just another case of stunt casting on Marvel’s part. I’ll pass.

    • November 7, 2013 at 4:54 am — Reply

      The book is being written & edited by Muslim women. Honestly, I had the same reaction you did at first, but they said they want to tell a story about alienation, and this is a good way to do it.

      • November 7, 2013 at 8:36 am — Reply

        the headline made me cringe a bit then the description was pretty nice and now knowing that its a Muslim woman, not some hairy, fat, white guy writing it, i might pick up the first issue and check it out.

  4. Everett Todd
    November 7, 2013 at 7:00 am — Reply

    but there is already a muslim female super-heroine in the marvel U, Dust. Unfortunately she’s an X man.

    • November 7, 2013 at 9:22 am — Reply

      The NYT article actually mentions that this isn’t wholly new ground for Marvel. No else picked up on it.

  5. b003
    November 7, 2013 at 9:08 pm — Reply

    Let me guess, she’s also a lesbian? Hope it’s more than just competitive tokenism.

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