Ms. Marvel, vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona

Title: Ms. Marvel, volume 1: No Normal
Author: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Adrian Alphona
Genre: Comic Book, Young Adult
Release date: October 30th, 2014

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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!


Ms. Marvel was a solid origin story for Kamala Khan, the first Muslim character to headline their own comic book. Accompanied by lively art and strong characters, Ms. Marvel sets a strong beginning for a fresh new young adult hero who will surely become a role model for many.

Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel

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Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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Title: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Genre: Graphic novel, fantasy
Release date: May 12th, 2015

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Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.


This is such a heartwarming graphic novel. It’s full of humor, lovely art, and amazing characters. I especially enjoyed how it plays with predictable plots and tropes and turns them into something else. If you don’t read graphic novels, you can definitely start with this one if you are looking for a little fantasy, humor, great relationships, and cool plot. Continue reading “Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson”