Marvel's at it Again with MS. Teaser
It must be a day that ends in Y, because we have a new Marvel teaser for you!
This one simply says "Ms." and has the number 1 behind it. Of course, there's only ever been one big "Ms." in Marvel Comics, and she now goes by "Captain."
Are we going to see her go back to Ms.? That would be strange based on the newly-announced Captain Marvel relaunch. Does that mean we'll see another character go for Ms. Marvel? We'll find out soon.
Who is the All-New Marvel NOW! "Ms."?
Marvel Comics had a whopping 22 announcements at New York Comic Con 2013, most of which were prefaced in the preceding weeks by a redux of one-word teasers. Although many were indications of new series arcs or special story lines, a select amount were for brand new series launches. Today, the publisher has released one more single-word teaser, and it's the most mysterious so far. "Ms." in green letters is the only word on the image, which is sure to prompt speculation -- especially given that this All-New Marvel NOW! teaser has no creative team listed.
Judging from the word alone, the biggest possibility is the return of a "Ms. Marvel" title -- but the publisher has Carol Danvers on lock with Kelly Sue DeConnick's "Captain Marvel" ongoing series slated to return in March with a brand-new volume. "Ms." could also be an acronym, or even an indication of a "Girl Comics" revival -- the 2010 anthology series written and drawn entirely by female creators. The teaser is ambiguous enough that almost anything is possible, though Marvel will hopefully release more details in the coming weeks.
Updated w/Team, Release Date: Meet Kamala Khan, the New Teenage Muslim MS. MARVEL
Meet the All-New All-Different Ms. Marvel. The next character to hold the name goes by the civilian ID of Kamala Khan, a teenager from New Jersey who also happens to be Muslim. She was born of a conversation between editors Steve Wacker and Sana Amanat, the latter being a Muslim-American woman.
G. Willow Wilson will write the series, announced Tuesday afternoon by the New York Times. "Anytime you do something like this, it is a bit of a risk. You're trying to bring the audience on board and they are used to seeing something else in the pages of a comic book," Wilson told the NYTimes.
Just like her real-life tumblr following (#CarolCorps), Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers (who used to go by Ms. Marvel) has a devoted fanbase in the Marvel Universe, including Kamala. The young girl will discover she has shape shifting powers, possibly amongst others, and takes the left-behind name of Ms. Marvel as a tribute to her hero.
"Captain Marvel represents an ideal that Kamala pines for," said Wilson. "She's strong, beautiful, and doesn't have any of the baggage of being Pakistani and 'different.'" Amanat clarified that "it’s also sort of like when I was a little girl and wanted to be Tiffani Amber Thiessen" from Saved by the Bell.
"I do expect some negativity," Amanat said, "not only from people who are anti-Muslim, but people who are Muslim and might want the character portrayed in a particular light."
While being Muslim and a Pakistani-American is a definining part of her character, Wilson said that's not the only focus of the young hero. The book will be "about the universal experience of all American teenagers, feeling kind of isolated and finding what they are."
Wilson will draw from Amanat's experiences, as well as her own as a convert to Islam. While the Times did not announce the artist or release for the series, Newsarama has confirmed via Marvel Comics that Adrian Alphona will join Wilson as the artist for the creative team. Alphona has a history with teenage heroes, having co-created the Runaways for Marvel with Brian K. Vaughan. Ms. Marvel #1 will ship in February 2014, but the character will first appear in January's All-New Marvel NOW! Point One special (she's presumably the blacked-out character on the cover to the left).
Kamala Khan is the second legacy Muslim character to show up in mainstream comics recently. Simon Baz, an American of Lebanese descent, took over as Green Lantern of Earth at DC Comics in 2012.
Willow Writes the New Ms. Marvel, a Teenage Muslim Shape-Shifter
Last month, Marvel Comics teased a "Ms." joining their ranks as part of their ongoing All-New Marvel NOW! promotional and editorial initiative. Tuesday, the New York Times revealed the publisher's new "Ms. Marvel": Kamala Khan, a teenage Muslim shape-shifter.
The character will star in a series debuting in February 2014 written by G. Willow Wilson, known for comic book work including "Air" and her World Fantasy Award-winning novel "Alif the Unseen," and illustrated by Adrian Alphona, the original "Runaways" artist recently seen on "Uncanny X-Force."
“Any time you do something like this, it is a bit of a risk," Wilson, who documented her conversion to Islam in her 2010 memoir "The Butterfly Mosque," told the Times. "You're trying to bring the audience on board and they are used to seeing something else in the pages of a comic book."
Kamala Khan will be depicted as a Jersey City resident with family from Pakistan, and a major fan of Carol Danvers, the former Ms. Marvel and current Captain Marvel. The origins of the character, the article states, began in conversations between Marvel editors Sana Amanat and Steve Wacker about Amanat's experiences growing up as a Muslim-American.
“Captain Marvel represents an ideal that Kamala pines for," Wilson is quoted. "She's strong, beautiful and doesn't have any of the baggage of being Pakistani and 'different.'"
The "Ms. Marvel" team is quoted as expecting the book to receive some negative reaction from multiple sides. "I do expect some negativity," Amanat said in the article. "Not only from people who are anti-Muslim, but people who are Muslim and might want the character portrayed in a particular light."
While Marvel has been criticized in the past for a lack of female-led titles, "Ms. Marvel" further boosts the amount of such books in their lineup. "Black Widow" and "Elektra" series were announced last month at New York Comic Con, along with a relaunched "Captain Marvel." A new "She-Hulk" series was unveiled in late September.
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