Bookish Chat – Ms. Marvel, Vol 1: No Normal

July 25, 2016 Reviews 4 ★★★★

Bookish Chat – Ms. Marvel, Vol 1: No NormalMs. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal by Adrian Alphona, G. Willow Wilson
Series: Ms. Marvel #1
Publisher: Marvel
Date Published: October 28th 2014
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Crime & Mystery, Girls & Women, Superheroes, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
Rating: four-stars
Description: Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As 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 handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she's comin' for you, New York! It's history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways) ! COLLECTING: MS. MARVEL 1-5, MATERIAL FROM ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE

Julie and I have been thinking about trying out graphic novels. So with the help and direction of Sofia over at Platypire blog, here is our first attempt with Ms. Marvel! We hope you enjoy our chat!



Julie Review Avatar    So. Ms. Marvel. Excellent suggestion thanks to Sofia. I approve her suggestion.


Lynnpic    I agree. Completely. Good origin story. You didn’t really need any other knowledge to read it.

great starter graphic novel


Julie Review Avatar    Exactly, and more fun to read than the Sunday Comics. And easy to follow. So great for a first graphic novel read.


Lynnpic    the easy to follow thing for sure. The last graphic novel I tried was not. At all. And I gave up.


Julie Review Avatar    Plus, my first paperback read in months, so that really made it fun. And beautiful vivid illustrations. I forgot how fun illustrations are.

Julie Review Avatar    Oh yea, things need to flow in a way that makes sense, or people will lose interest.


Lynnpic    Agreed. More adult books should have pictures!


Julie Review Avatar    Fan art should be part of the book.


Lynnpic    That’s always been my struggle with graphic novels. The whole non left to right reading situation. But this one was easy to read. Even the conversations.


Julie Review Avatar    Yea that took a bit of getting used to. But I got the hang of it pretty fast because it made sense. I do wonder if this whole series continues like this or if it gets more complicated.


Lynnpic    I wonder that, too. Like this was a great intro. But is it going to get more complicated? Not sure. But I’m definitely interested enough to find out. Especially with the giant chicken at the end!


Julie Review Avatar    Yea giant chicken dude, the inventor? some good plot seeds for sure.


Lynnpic    yes.


Julie Review Avatar    And I love that our hero is a heroine. And awkward. And diverse!


Lynnpic    ok – I was totally typing the same thing!

Lynnpic    She’s an average teenager. With parents who care.

Lynnpic    And some not so average super powers.


Julie Review Avatar    embiggen!


Lynnpic    lol. I wouldn’t have thought of that if I were in that situation!


Julie Review Avatar    I like how she’s your average rebellious teen, but still has her values and doesn’t want to be bad. Just wants to have some freedom to figure out her identity.


Lynnpic    yes – exactly.

Lynnpic    And the whole modest swimwear situation was hilarious


Julie Review Avatar    Yea lol she wouldn’t wear that for swimming, but she has found a use for the clothing. And her leotard in the first section was funny too. She thought she wanted to dress like the sexy hero chicks, and then realized how uncomfortable that is.


Lynnpic    yes – the wedge platform boots had me laughing. Completely not practical for fighting the bad guys! And probably a sign that it was men who came up with those outfits in the first place


Julie Review Avatar    Yea, definitely haha. But then again, super hero men also wear spandex… so not sure what that’s about.

Julie Review Avatar    I mean, fighting bad guys + wedgie?


Lynnpic    true. very true.

Lynnpic    lol

Lynnpic    so what do you think about the other characters? Bruno? I liked him.


Julie Review Avatar    I liked him too, great smart sidekick with the cool invention. Secret not to secret crush.

Julie Review Avatar    Honorable, trying to help his low-life brother.


Lynnpic    yes. I liked the goop stuff! That was great. And that at least Kamala told someone what was going on!


Julie Review Avatar    Yea, she definitely needed a sidekick because that’s too much to keep to yourself. If this was a typical YA novel, she would tell no one and alienate her only friends.


Lynnpic    yes. for sure. She’d also have much less involved parents.

Lynnpic    and I love that it’s her dad in the end, letting her have some freedom


Julie Review Avatar    Yes, that. I liked her parents. Especially her Dad.


Lynnpic    yes.

Lynnpic    I think it’s great that he’s supporting her.


Julie Review Avatar    Her brother is kinda weird though. I wonder if he’ll have more to his story in future volumes.


Lynnpic    yes – on both. the two siblings are very different. And I can see that clash ahead at some point.


Julie Review Avatar    I’m sure she’ll have to rescue him at one point.


Lynnpic    lol. I’m sure you are correct!

Lynnpic    ok – I feel us winding down.

Lynnpic    Pro Ms. Marvel?

Lynnpic    Would read the rest of the series? (is that what they are called?)

Lynnpic    Try some other graphic novels?


Julie Review Avatar    Definitely a good pick, and I’m curious for more. Though need to figure out how to get the complete volume at the library so we’re not reading issue by issue. issues? series? Not sure.

Julie Review Avatar    Maybe we’ll have to hit Sofia up for another rec. It was good to read something new and totally outside my norm.


Lynnpic    Yes – I agree. Need to figure out how to get the whole series next time!

Lynnpic    And yes – agreed. Sofia had an excellent recommendation this time!

Lynnpic    And I agree – this was a good break from the usual!


Julie Review Avatar    Rating? I would say a solid 4 stars for me.


Lynnpic    I would, too. A solid 4. Really liked this pick!




What about everyone else? Do you read graphic novels? We are both looking for recommendations!

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4 Responses to “Bookish Chat – Ms. Marvel, Vol 1: No Normal”

  1. Penni @ Penni's Perceptons

    If you’re going to try some graphic novels I suggest the following:

    Ms. Marvel (continue with what you’re reading),
    Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)
    Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers)
    Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) (New 52 and pre-new 52)
    Birds of Prey (by Gail Simone)

    I will stop for now.
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