A little while ago, Marvel announced that a new Ms. Marvel comic series is currently in production. However, with Carol Danvers abandoning the Ms. Marvel mantle to become the new Captain Marvel last year, a new character named Kamala Khan is set to debut as Ms. Marvel in the All-New Marvel Now one-shot in January, followed by the new ongoing series in February.
The new Ms. Marvel is a Pakistani American teenager living in New Jersey and there’ll be a part of the book focusing on Kamala’s attempts to reconcile living as a teenager in America with living with her conservative Pakistani family. Another part will focus on Kamala developing shapeshifting powers and becoming the new Ms. Marvel to follow in the footsteps of her hero, Carol Danvers.
The first thing I want to say is that I can’t wait to see how this series will turn out. I’m always very interested in stories about other walks of life, and since there aren’t a whole lot of positive depictions of Muslims in western comics, (let alone those that star in their own series) the new Ms. Marvel could turn out to be very interesting.
That being said, I’m well aware that Kamala isn’t the first Muslim in US comics. M debuted in the X-Men franchise in ’94, and Dust also made her debut within the X-Men franchise in 2002, not too long after 9/11 happened, and more recently, DC Comics has introduced a new Lebanese-American Green Lantern named Simon Baz, who has even gone on to become a member of the Justice League of America.
With all that being said, I want to say again that I’m excited to see this comic come out and I can’t wait to see what Kamala’s adventures are going to be like.
Kamala’s already made a brief cameo appearance in Captain Marvel #17, and she’s set to make her first full appearance in January in the All-New Marvel NOW! Point One one-shot before her ongoing series debuts next year.