Kamala Khan Should be Your Next Favorite Superhero
Published: Friday, December 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 00:12
Marvel Comics has introduced a new Paki¬stani-American superhero, Kamala Khan who is a 16-year-old girl from New Jersey. Kamala comes out with the title Ms. Marvel, inspired by her hero Captain Marvel. Ka¬mala’s character is given life by a creative group of people that includes Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona and Sana Amanat. Ms. Mar¬vel will be presented to the public in Febru¬ary 2014.
Readers can expect unique things from Kamala since she is not the typical 16-year-old teenager that they have heard of. Kamala finds out that she has body-morphing pow¬ers and she struggles to reveal her powers to others. She has dual identities. One identity is that associated with her cultural heritage, where her family plays the key role. The oth¬er is that of her social life in her high school, where her fellow mates do not understand what her life at home is like.
Being a Muslim is a part of Kamala’s identity but this comic series is not used to preach Islam or any faith in particular. Ka¬mala’s faith is only a one side of her char¬acter and there are multiple aspects to her character thus she should not be defined only a “Muslim” even though being a Muslim is an important part of her identity.
Kamala’s character is as complicated as the creators of her character indicated. One of the striking things about Kamala is that she is not trying to defend good people from bad people but she is trying to defend good people from good people and the conflicts that happen between them.
I feel that Kamala’s character is a fine portrayal of struggle that immigrant families have to face when they come to America. Im¬migrants have to decide whether they assimi¬late with the dominant culture or not. For Ka-mala, especially, her struggle as a superhero can be challenging because of her diverse background. But Kamala certainly is a char¬acter that many teenagers as well as adults can look forward to as she portrays diversity in America.
Samantha is a senior majoring in journal¬ism. Follow him on Twitter @SamanthaW