Ms. Marvel

MsMarvelVol1NoNormalMs. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal
Written by Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

Publisher’s Summary:
Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the ground breaking 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? 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? It’s history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson and beloved artist Adrian Alphona!

Primary Source Pairing:
Do not underestimate the greatness of Kamala Khan. Her powers to change shape from super big to super small and to heal when injured put her in the running for the best new superhero. Readers will be cheering on Kamala – Ms. Marvel – from page one. For this primary source pairing, use the graphic novel pages themselves and specifically the back matter showing design variants of the artwork and sketches from illustrator Adrian Alphona’s sketchbook. Encourage readers to slowly study the artwork and be present while reading this visual text.

Questions for Discussion:

  • What do you notice first?
  • Find something small but interesting.
  • What do you notice that you didn’t expect?
  • What do you notice that you can’t explain?
  • How has Kamala’s character changed physically in the illustrations?
  • How do the illustrations in the book support the plot of the story?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett