- Series: Ms Marvel (Book 1)
- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (October 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078519021X
- ISBN-13: 978-0785190219
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 783 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal Paperback – October 28, 2014
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Willow Wilson began her writing career at the age of 17, when she freelanced as a music and DJ critic for Boston's Weekly Dig magazine. Since then, she's written the Eisner Award-nominated comic book series Air and Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice and the graphic novel Cairo. Her first novel, Alif the Unseen, was a New York Times Notable book. It was shortlisted for the 2012 Flaherty-Dunnan Award. G. Willow spent her early and mid twenties living in Egypt and working as a journalist. Her articles about the Middle East and modern Islam have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly and the Canada National Post. Her memoir about life in Egypt during the waning years of the Mubarak regime, The Butterfly Mosque, was named a Seattle Times Best Book of 2010.
Willow is published by Grove/Atlantic Books in the United States and Atlantic UK in the United Kingdom.
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Bottom line: there are few main stream super-hero comics left which deal with teenagers. And Ms Marvel adds to that the fact that she lives in a Muslim family, with traditions that are at odds with many more "Christian Western" modern ones. This makes it a very compelling read, especially since the characters are not "dumbed down" to teenage stereotypes (granted, some are a bit exaggerated, but overall, they are very much tolerable). I like that with this story, we go back to characters who happen to have powers, rather than super-heroes who happen to have a private life.
That being said, the book is not sturdy. The covers and paper are very thin. The printing is good and the colors nice, but I am intimidated to hold it in my hands while reading. Also, both the front and back covers have curled about 40 degrees since it got warm out and we opened the windows in our house - the book doesn't lie flat when closed. For the price, and with the small number of issues it collects, it's not a very good value.