There is a new female superhero in town and she is nowhere close to the likes of She-Hulk, Electra or Spider-woman. Marvel Comics will launch a new series in February whose lead character is an ass-kicking Muslim girl from Jersey.
Not exactly what one expects from Marvel but kudos to them for breaking through mainstream stereotypes about Muslims BEING the bad guys, as opposed to FIGHTING them.
What is even more surprising is that Kamala Khan is a Muslim-American teenager from a Pakistani family. Pakistan being the country that breeds terrorists/bad guys in the eyes on the mainstream media.
According to the Times, after Khan discovers her superpower, which includes the ability to change shape, she takes on the alias Ms. Marvel – after her hero Captain Marvel.
This is a risky move on Marvel’s part. While the concept of diversifying seems cool, readers may not respond the way creators might hope.
The creative team at Marvel is prepared for various reactions.
“Muslims might want the character portrayed in a particular light.”
At least Marvel has chosen a writer who is a Muslim.
G.Willow Wilson is a Muslim convert from a secular background so it will be interesting to see her portrayal of Khan’s character. She posted the following on her website.
“The rumors are true…I’m writing the new Ms. Marvel series for Marvel Comics! Incredibly excited about this project, and especially psyched to be working with artist Adrian Alphona, whose style is really something to see. First issue launches in February.”
Wilson said the series was “about the universal experience of all American teenagers, feeling kind of isolated and finding what they are.”
Here are some reactions to the news of Kamala Khan on Twitter.
@_shireenahmed_ I'm so excited about this comic but that statement along with the description of her family frustrate me.— Farrah Khan (@farrah_khan) November 6, 2013