Hello Offbeaters!

Before we jump in, I’d love for us to take a moment to congratulate all of our graduating staff members! They have put their heart and soul into this kooky literary journal, and in a few days they are going to be just as kooky graduates. We expect marvelous things from all of them.

Now, speaking of marvelous, today we are recommending something a little new to us, but wildly important and relevant. What could that be?

The new Ms. Marvel comics.

So now, comics themselves are already a little offbeat, but this comic takes a new cake. The protagonist and hero of the new comics is Kamala Khan, a superhero lover and Pakistani American girl who takes up the mantle of Ms. Marvel and becomes a superhero herself. Kamala is not only a very unique hero with an interesting origin story, but also she is the first Muslim character to headline a comic.

Pretty badass, eh?

Clearly, it’s hard to recommend an origin story and its following without ruining plot, so I’ll try to be as vague as possible, but the comic does really well navigating the clash between her identity, teenage life, and becoming Ms. Marvel. Kamala faces a lot of struggles being who she is and also being so young, but she is a fresh new hero on the block and, as young superheroes become more prevalent again, a great addition to the Marvel cast.

Also, we must and will address the controversial end: her heritage and her religion. As tensions are high in America where it concerns Muslim Americans, the comic also deals with that well. It discusses the ways her traditional religion and heritage help support her and make her stronger as a person. It never lets Kamala been seen as anything but what she is: a hero. And as she is a good person, and as every good person does, she deserves to be treated that way.

Kamala is funny and challenges stereotypes and creates a new set of stories that are a joy. Comics and superheroes tend to have a repetitive retelling issue, but characters that stick and are interesting like Kamala are a breath of fresh air that add great newness for future Marvel generations.

(Not to mention, her powers are pretty wild! Read the comic to check them out; I won’t spoil it)

The comics are great and enjoyable, and I really enjoy them. So check it out! It really is a wonderful comic that shows how being yourself and different is truly marvelous.

Be superheroes, fight bad guys, and stay weird.

(This post is accredited to our lovely communications team member and blog manager, Stephanie Marceau)

Media Recommendation #25: The Offbeat gets Marvelous

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