“You thought if you disobeyed your parents — your culture, your religion — your classmates would accept you. What happened instead?”
“They — they laughed at me. Zoe thought that because I snuck out it was okay for her to make fun of my family. Like, Kamala’s finally seen the light and kicked the dumb inferior brown people and their rules to the curb. But that’s not why I snuck out! It’s not that I think Ammi and Abu are dumb, it’s just — I grew up here! I’m from Jersey City, not Karachi! I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I don’t know who I’m supposed to be.”
This might be just one of the most heart breaking and honest views of a teenager’s psyche I’ve ever seen, honestly. And it’s just all that much more important because it’s from a character like Kamala who just completely changed the face of the industry.
“This may be the most important comic published in 2014.”
There are a few events in comics which, upon reflection, feel like the beginning and endings of certain eras. The comics themselves aren’t necessarily predictive of this, but the power that they show in response to the changes they have in the long term are. And I think through the sheer number of event comics that have come and gone in just the last few recent years, it’s been more than proven that try as they might, comics themselves can’t force the resounding change they try to make.
Because of that, it’s hard to predict at the time when a comic truly changes the industry, you have to wait and see what the fallout of it is. And I’m no better at predicting these things despite having lived through a fair number of these moments than anyone else is.
That’s what makes Ms. Marvel the absolute phenomenon that it is for comics.
When it was published in 2014, the power of it, the impact of it was almost instantaneous. It was a comic that has completely changed the industry, the readership, and the expectations of comics since its unprecedented reprintings of its #1 best selling issue and subsequent trade collections.
So while I usually like to wait a few more years before reviewing storylines, I’m hoping three years is more than enough for me to justify talking about the impact of this truly special, truly important comic.