Hey, everyone. Before I get started, here’s a bit about my history with comics.
I have an older brother. He’s about seven years older than me, and as a result he took care of me and my little sister a lot when we were growing up. It was up to him to cook for us and entertain us, and one of the ways he did that was with comics.
He had scattered issues of a few things like X-Men, Batman, and Spider-Man. We all watched the Batman Animated series, and some of the Spider-Man show as well as X-Men. However, the comics he mostly read to us were Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog. That series still holds a special place in my heart, but I always wanted to break into the superhero comics. I loved the animated shows (especially Teen Titans, oh my god that show was my life for a while) and I knew scattered things about the comics from looking them up, but I was scared to get into it all. There are a shitton of titles, different universes and heroes, and I didn’t know where to start. Plus, the industry doesn’t exactly have a great track record when it comes to lady heroes, POC, or disabled people. They exist, but all too often they are brutally killed off, sexualized, or “magically” cured of their disability. (And I can’t talk about this without recommending the great “Misadventures of Comic Book Girl" essay written by my friend Caitlin. I’m so glad to count her as a friend, and her thoughts and experiences about the comic book industry are illuminating and heartbreaking)
I’d been hearing about the new Ms. Marvel for a while now, and it was really starting to intrigue me- Kamala Khan was Pakistani, to begin with, and seemed to be a realistically-written teenage girl. Furthermore, her costume was one of the more simple ones I’ve ever seen in comics, and wasn’t sexualized in the slightest.
It wasn’t until I organized my current comic collection (Currently mostly Sonic the Hedgehog, with some of The Walking Dead, Avatar, and Darkwing Duck comics as well) that I started really thinking that I wanted to read more comics. I do this with the knowledge that I will probably be disappointed. I’ll probably get angry. Because even with titles like the new Ms. Marvel, the industry has a hell of a long way to go. It’s possible that something will happen to make me stop reading, even after just getting started.
But reading the new Ms. Marvel, I know that I don’t want to stop yet. And as of now, I eagerly want to keep going.
Actual thoughts about the first two issues of the new Ms. Marvel, under the cut. There be spoilers ahead.