Wednesday 28 February 2018

Ms. Marvel: No Normal by: G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona

Genre: Comic book
Published: October 30, 2014 by: Marvel
Pages: 120
Rating: 3/5 stars

Kamala Khan longs to be normal. She wants her strict Pakistani parents to give her some freedom, and she wants to be like all of the other high school kids from Jersey city. But when she is given powerful gifts from her favourite superhero, that could either aide or destroy her, Kamala must discover what her identity truly is, and come to terms with what it really means to be "normal."

Guess who read a comic book?! This girl!! Ok, it wasn't by choice, but I was still pretty proud of me stepping into a genre I literally know nothing about and one that I've always thought would not be my cup of tea. While I won't be picking up any other comics any time soon, I do think that this one was enjoyable.

The main thing I liked about this comic was that it is relatable. It was nice to see Pakistani representation in the comic and a lot of the things Kamala references I understood. I found her funny and likeable, which made me read this more like a book than a comic.

This was easy to get through, although I can't seem to enjoy the tone that comes with comic books. The dialogue and illustrations have always seemed a bit cheesy for me and I would have liked the plot to be a bit more complex. I can't say that comics sweep me off my feet, but that's just my personal preference. If you like comics, you may really enjoy this.

Have you read Ms. Marvel? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. This has been on my radar for far too long. I need to just request it from the library already because I have been interested for so long! Great reviews! I recommend the Faith comics by Valiant Comics, they're amazing! :)

    1. If you love comics, I would say this is a must read! Thanks for the rec :)

  2. I really wanna read this one! I've read the first issue and loved it :) Unfortunately graphic novels aren't cheap :( still, I'm sure I'll get to it eventually :)

    Not all comics are light in tone mind - some can get *super* dark!

    Glad you found this enjoyable! :)

    1. Yes, I definitely learnt that graphic novels are much more expensive than the books I’m used to buying. I actually did just read a darker comic book that I much more enjoyed :)

  3. I really should read more graphic novels as I do love them. The last one I read was Locke and Key and that was really good.
    Don't give up on graphic novels! You may find more that you like. :)

    Dinh@Arlene's Book Club

    1. Yeah, I think I just need to find the right ones for me!