Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1, by G. Willow Wilson (writer), Adrian Alphona (artist), Ian Herring (colorist), Sara Pichelli (cover)

Marvel, 2014

Kamala Khan is just an ordinary girl, growing up in Jersey City, with parents who are a bit strict, but very loving.

Until she breaks curfew, goes to a party with boys and alcohol, doesn't like it, and gets lost in a weird fog going home. Surely she must be hallucinating or dreaming her encounter with The Avengers! Hallucination or not, she confesses her dream to be one of them, to be Captain Marvel--and wakes up with some very disturbing new abilities.

Having superpowers and rocking the thigh-high boot look does not, as she had imagined, make her happy. In fact, it makes her life complete chaos. Helping people does, though, even when it's rescuing the school Mean Girl from a near-disaster of her own making.

If only she had an answer she could give her parents about where she disappears to all day, and why she's over an hour late to her cousin's pre-wedding party.

This is a lot of fun. I enjoyed the story and the art. Kamala is a solid, likable young woman, and she has good friends, as well as a family that, even if they don't have any idea what is going on, is only trying to keep her safe and happy.

This is the first pure fun I've had reading Hugo nominees this year, barring The Goblin Emperor, which I read prior to the announcement of the ballot.

Recommended.

I received this in the Hugo voters' packet.