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Muslim Girl Superhero Is Kicking Butt!

Muslim Girl Superhero Is Kicking Butt!

By Janet Manley

Adrian Alphona / Marvel Comics

Phew! We don't all have to dress as Superman or Batman anymore at Comic Con, because Marvel Comics have unveiled a new comic starring Kamala Khan, a Muslim teen whose family have come from Pakistan to live in New Jersey. How did kickass supergirl Kamala come about? A Marvel editor, Sana Amanat, was thinking about how her childhood wasn't really represented in the comic universe, and, after conversations with other editors, reached out to comic author G. Willow Wilson.

In the series, Kamala learns she can shape-shift, and calls herself Captain Marvel, after her hero, the blonde Carol Danvers from Marvel. Sana Amanat told the New York Times that Kamala will face both supernatural and ordinary challenges:

“Her brother is extremely conservative,” Ms. Amanat said. “Her mom is paranoid that she’s going to touch a boy and get pregnant. Her father wants her to concentrate on her studies and become a doctor.” Next to those challenges, fighting supervillains may be a respite.

The author, G. Willow Wilson explained a bit more about Kamala's identity on the Marvel website:

The Ms. Marvel mantle has passed to Kamala Khan, a high school student from Jersey City who struggles to reconcile being an American teenager with the conservative customs of her Pakistani Muslim family. So in a sense, she has a “dual identity” before she even puts on a super hero costume. Like a lot of children of immigrants, she feels torn between two worlds: the family she loves, but which drives her crazy, and her peers, who don't really understand what her home life is like. This makes her tough and vulnerable at the same time. When you try to straddle two worlds, one of the first things you learn is that instead of defending good people from bad people, you have to spend a lot of time defending good people from each other. It's both illuminating and emotionally brutal. That's what makes this book different.

We say let there be more female superheroes! Fangirling ahoy!

What do you think about the new character of Kamala Khan?

[via NYT]

Topics: Entertainment
Tags: superheroes, fangirls, muslim, comics, role models

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Janet Manley

Janet's desk was moved into the hall for the duration of coursework on Roman numerals in grade four, and she cannot tell one Rocky from another to this day. Her spirit animal is a wombat, and she has not written a novel. Dauntless, Gryffindor, Mockingjay. She tweets @janetmanley

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