Kamala Khan will be the first female Muslim character to be a comic series lead, though Marvel had previously introduced Dust, a young Afghan woman with a mutant ability to manipulate sand and dust who has appeared in the company’s various X-Men titles. DC Comics relaunched its Green Lantern series with an Arab American Muslin protagonist named Simon Baz last year.
“I wanted Ms. Marvel to be true-to-life, something real people could relate to, particularly young women,” said writer G. Willow Wilson. “It’s for all the geek girls out there and everybody else who’s ever looked at life from the fringe.”
Editor Sana Amanat said the series comes from the “desire to explore the Muslim-American diaspora from an authentic perspective.”
“Kamala has all of her opportunities in front her and she is loaded with potential, but her parents’ high expectations come with tons of pressure,” according to a Marvel press release. “When Kamala suddenly gets powers that give her the opportunity to be just like her idol, Captain Marvel, it challenges the very core of her conservative values.”
The original Ms. Marvel was a blonde woman named Carol Danvers who worked for the U.S. Air Force and gained superpowers after being fused with alien DNA. She is now known as Captain Marvel.
Khan makes her first appearance in Captain Marvel #17, which is out today. Her series will debut in February.
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