Marvel's Newest Superhero Is A Muslim Girl From Jersey City
Her name is Kamala Khan and, based on what we know so far, she's a badass.
Kamala Khan is a Muslim, Pakistani-American teenager from Jersey City... Who just happens to have superpowers.
The series, slated to be released in February, will be written by G. Willow Wilson, an author, comic book writer, and convert to Islam.
In the series, Kamala Khan will grow up idolizing superhero Carol Danvers and, when Danvers starts going by Captain Marvel, Kamala will take on her abandoned moniker: Ms. Marvel.
Wilson: "It was really important to me to portray Kamala as someone who is struggling with her faith."
Aside from Kamala's "Ms. Avengers," two other female-led series will launch in 2014, starring She Hulk and Elektra.
"Anytime you do something like this, it is a bit of a risk," said author Wilson. "You're trying to bring the audience on board and they are used to seeing something else in the pages of a comic book."
Read the full NYTimes write-up here.