Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel, I thought, was an interesting read. The heroine goes against quite a number of the traditional superhero traits that most people know. Well, not necessarily “goes against”, but she is quite different from them. She is dorky, not super agile, uncalculating, dependent on others – all qualities you would not relatively see in, say, Superman. All of these qualities make Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, a highly RELATABLE superhero, which is basically unheard of. This is understandable; however, personally, I do not find her relatable. I mean, she has SUPERPOWERS. That alone makes her unrelatable. Obviously, the readers of Ms. Marvel would relate to the problems she faces as a teenager – a Millennial – in this 21st century, but I find it difficult to relate to a character whose solutions to problems are sometimes dependent on her superpowers and her identity as a superhero. I don’t mind that she is unrelatable, though. In fact, I would rather she be as unrelatable as possible, with those traditional superhero traits: SUPER rich, SUPER smart, and SUPER attractive. But it does not mean I find this comic any less enjoyable to read. I mean, reading phrases such as, “Much agile.” and “So amaze.” – who doesn’t chuckle at expressions like those? I also found it refreshing that the bad guy, the Inventor, did not exactly have ‘villainous’ intentions. It almost made me develop a soft spot for him. The means of achieving his goals were obviously bad, evil actually, but maybe that was the only way he could think to achieve his dream.