Alas, No : Ms. Marvel, Volume 1

I just finished the first volume of G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona's new(ish) Ms. Marvel comic. It is super-good, and everyone ought to go read it.

The book picks up the story of Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Pakistani-American who lives in Jersey City and idolizes Carol Danvers (a.k.a., Captain Marvel). Turned into an Inhuman by (non-nerds, bear with me here) Black Bolt's detonation of a Terrigen Bomb in the "Infinity" story, she now finds herself with superpowers, and takes on the name "Ms. Marvel". Now, she has to figure out how to deal with her dreams of being a real superhero coming true, not to mention how it will fit into the rest of her already complicated life.

My description really doesn't do this book justice.

The writing is great, and the art is a lot more interesting than your standard Big 2 superhero book (although I understand the artist changes after Issue #5, the last one in this collection). The origin/coming-of-age story could have been terribly cliched, as could have the cultural and religious aspects, but Wilson handles it all quite deftly.

Do yourself a favor and go check this one out. It's a fresh take on a title/character that has been around for quite a while, and you really don't even need any background in the larger Marvel comic universe to pick this one up.

By Pete Brown

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  1. Uber needs poor people.
  2. The problem with Radiolab
  3. NERD+SPOILER ALERT: The Flash mid-season finale
  4. I will loan you my copy of The Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
  5. The Star Wars teaser
  6. Link Dump - 2014-11-27
  7. Ferguson and *Nixonland*
  8. *Countdown City* by Ben H. Winters
  9. It's morning in America.
  10. My *Serial* think-piece
  11. Cod vacations
  12. Link Dump - 2014-11-22
  13. Railing
  14. Found a sunny spot
  15. 1970s Legos
  16. DANZIG!
  17. Link Dump - 2014-11-21
  18. Just keep screaming "BENGHAZI!" even louder.
  19. It's not really a "dog whistle" if everyone can hear it.
  20. Paul Smith & Peter Brews - *Frozen By Sight*
  21. Link Dump - 2014-11-20
  22. Clearly, I am just a statist stooge lacking any perspective or self-awareness.
  23. Link Dump - 2014-11-19
  24. A very helpful related search
  25. "Jack Deth is back, and he's never even been here before!"
  26. Anyone need a 16MB memory card?
  27. Link Dump - 2014-11-18
  28. "…and the rest of the team should be focused on project work."
  29. Comics I'm reading: *Wytches*
  30. It was a bad idea to even suggest the loan program should be profitable in the first place.
  31. Link Dump - 2014-11-17
  32. Because who needs public infrastructure?
  33. Dilbert is not funny.
  34. Pink Floyd
  35. Link dump - 2014-11-16
  36. Mobile friendly
  37. Dave Winer's Radio3
  38. Resistance to change
  39. That pope
  40. Twitter's strategy statement, or Why we can't have nice things
  41. Happy birthday, Hedy Lamarr
  42. Your data-mining sucks.
  43. Started reading *Locke & Key*
  44. The biggest threat to the coming Democratic majority is the Democrats.
  45. I think I am going to need some new running shoes soon.
  46. *A Nightmare On Elm Street* turns 30
  47. *Foundation* trilogy maybe coming to TV?
  48. "I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."
  49. For the eleventy-billionth time, pointing out racism != "playing the race card."
  50. Nobody likes paying taxes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have them.
  51. Just give me a goddamned RSS feed already
  52. Marvel Unlimited is not so great.
  53. My in-depth analysis of the 2014 mid-term elections
  54. Massachusetts Republicans
  55. Birthright #1
  56. *Phase IV* is on Netflix!
  57. Kids these days
  58. *Aliens* documentary
  59. Don't run, Elizabeth! Don't run!
  60. New album from I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness!
  61. I suppose it is proof of *something*, anyway…
  62. Jack Bruce
  63. You seem to have missed something.
  64. Why monitor something you're not going to do anything about?
  65. Meg & Mog
  66. Gandhi never said that, and even if he had, it doesn't make any sense.
  67. Airmail 2.0 seems like it might be cool.
  68. Plato, Popper, & word processing
  69. Technological change vs. cultural change
  70. Mark Lanegan Band - *Phantom Radio*
  71. Sleater-Kinney
  72. BE AFRAID!
  73. Medium's on it, bro!
  74. Why have no white leaders come forward to speak out against this culture of violence?
  75. Predicting the future without knowing the past
  76. "Free v. Not free" is overly simplistic.
  77. Little pink houses, for you and me.
  78. Surprise! Tort reform doesn't work.
  79. A useful roadmap
  80. Not much longer now…
  81. Good intro to David Fincher's visual style
  82. "Text is the most powerful, useful, effective communication technology ever, period."
  83. "Don't feed the trolls is a cop-out.
  84. Childhood traumas: The can lid
  85. Deliberately missing the point
  86. Jose Saramago on writing via keyboard
  87. Freshman year of college is calling.
  88. Jargon needed: The opposite of "solutioning"
  89. Started reading Jane Smiley's *Some Luck*
  90. Trail map - Highland Park, Temple Woods, & Poet's Seat in Greenfield, MA
  91. What's the worst that could happen?
  92. Field Report - *Marigolden*
  93. Both sides do it.
  94. You may have built part of it, just not the whole thing.
  95. With friends like these…
  96. Neil Killick on slicing heuristics
  97. Oh, like that could ever happen.
  98. It's a luxury not to have to worry about racism.
  99. Hell #9438
  100. I think it's time for Batman to take a break.
  101. Caribou - *Can't Do Without You*
  102. The right-wing carbon-copy machine
  103. War forever
  104. Finished Jeff VanderMeer's *Authority*
  105. IT'S NOT A TOOMAH!
  106. Agent Cooper and the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull
  107. Disconnecting pay from performance
  108. Hosting my own stuff
  109. All Ebola, all the time
  110. The kids these days
  111. Laboratories of democracy!
  112. Ridley Scott's new movie sounds terrible.
  113. *Gotham* is a pretty disappointing show so far.
  114. Again with Heidegger and the Nazis
  115. Experimenting with posting from Drafts
  116. The new phone is here.
  117. Crap Architecture
  118. iPhone Parking Lot
  119. Starting Proust
  120. *The Conspiracy* (2012)
  121. Immigration reform & deficit hawkery
  122. Facebook: Evil, dumb, or both?
  123. The Apple tech press is weird.
  124. VHS v. Betamax
  125. The answer is always "n + 1".
  126. Conservative intellectuals
  127. Zappos is creepy.
  128. Your phone is not the problem.
  129. Deconstruction
  130. Inspirational
  131. Process improvement
  132. Thanks, but finding interesting stuff to read is *my* job…
  133. Sorry, but writing down all your passwords on a piece of paper is a terrible idea.
  134. People like the idea of privacy and security.
  135. Complicated things are complicated.
  136. The Prometheus sequel might not suck.
  137. That technology thing you like
  138. Priorities, people
  139. WAR!
  140. Heidegger's *Schwarzen Hefte*, or "Leaving Godwin's Law in the rear-view mirror"
  141. Because why spend money on keeping things from exploding and falling apart?
  142. Nice public broadcasting you've got there
  143. Vladimir's Big Adventure
  144. 42
  145. Remember, the government can't do anything right.
  146. Sure, there are ways that *Batman Vs Superman* might not suck.
  147. CVS is getting out of the cigarette business.
  148. Trying out Beats Music
  149. Fine, we'll offer a tablet if we have to, but we're not happy about it.
  150. The synthetic unity of experience
  151. No, we shouldn't go back to Project Management 101.
  152. You should go read *The Unwritten*.
  153. The Pope's Blood Is Missing!
  154. State of the Union predictions
  155. Childhood traumas: "The Shadow Man"
  156. Yay! You hit your KPI. Too bad no one cares.
  157. I want to like *Helix*, but…
  158. I'm sure ACORN is somehow to blame for this.
  159. Yes, your explanation is simpler if you toss out the complicated parts.
  160. Mike Huckabee, expert on women
  161. Thinking before you write
  162. *Wildewoman* - Lucius
  163. Bringing the Catholic Church into a year that has four digits
  164. "Do what you love" and unexamined privilege
  165. Perhaps your secret sauce is a bit too secret.
  166. Hate the show, not the venue.
  167. In which I end my brief career as an employee engagement consultant
  168. FUD As a Service
  169. Yes, clearly your belief system is threatened by all 2% of us.
  170. Crippling injuries build character.
  171. *Wolf Hall* - Hilary Mantel
  172. Saving bookstores
  173. I'm not sure there is a good answer to the technical problems of social media.
  174. In which I kick off my new career as an "employee engagement" consultant
  175. Internet activism
  176. *Grasshopper On the Road* by Arnold Lobel
  177. Syfy's *Helix* seems like a mixed bag.
  178. The things one thinks about in the wee hours
  179. GMOs and the Monsanto boogeyman
  180. Your tax dollars at work
  181. let.ter - Taking minimalism a bit far
  182. Holacracy
  183. Yes, people really do still blog.
  184. Healthcare is expensive because people are trying to make money off of it.
  185. Duck Dynasty
  186. No one cares about your private cloud.
  187. Organizational "culture" discussions are mostly empty
  188. bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's *Lean In*
  189. So there's a new Death Angel album...
  190. No, Lacan is a just a bad writer.
  191. Money is speech
  192. Clearly
  193. Parking
  194. Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut
  195. It's like when we were all going to boycott Facebook.
  196. It depends on what you mean by "free will."
  197. Unhelpful advice
  198. ZOMG! Fingerprints!!!
  199. People don't scale
  200. No–stronger encryption is not the answer
  201. Movies that scared me
  202. Epistemology
  203. Bespoke
  204. Califone, *Stitches*
  205. Yes, deals with Mr. Morden are likely to end badly.
  206. We want INFORMATION!
  207. Passive-aggressive politeness
  208. Agile is not always the answer to everything.
  209. *My Amityville Horror* is not a great documentary, but it's worth watching.
  210. Google cars
  211. Grant Hart, *The Argument*
  212. Really, DC? REALLY?
  213. Washed Out, *Paracosm*
  214. Suspension of disbelief
  215. This is why bookstores are a niche business.
  216. True Widow, *Circumambulation*
  217. Personal experience v. policy
  218. Concern-trolling Gmail and "the cloud"
  219. Phosphorescent, *Muchacho*
  220. The Washington Post and AWS
  221. St. Patrick’s Day
  222. "You are wrong, and here are the reasons why."
  223. I find it unlikely that VMWare is going to suddenly embrace commodity cloud.
  224. Sometimes a methodology can be taken too far.
  225. "Let's just stick with what we've got..."
  226. What is good about *The Walking Dead* will also be its undoing.
  227. I'm not even sure your enterprise private cloud *could* succeed.
  228. If you haven't already, go watch *Dredd*
  229. The new How To Destroy Angels album
  230. A bit more regarding meetings, and how they suck
  231. Meetings
  232. And next, our plan for when we fail to plan
  233. Finally looked at the NYT's Snow Fall thing
  234. Time-tracking
  235. Prophecy
  236. More guns
  237. Guns
  238. Bold Leadership
  239. Hanlon's Razor
  240. That legacy stuff
  241. It's not about what box someone wants to put it in
  242. Tuhin Kumar on content in a digital era
  243. Money, politics, and Machiavelli
  244. I am skeptical that your tax plan will work any better.
  245. No, that's NOT the definition of insanity.
  246. The Walking Dead, now with more zombies
  247. The original Prometheus script seems interesting
  248. Commonplace is kind of nifty
  249. That Kant was a smart guy.
  250. Petraeus
  251. The World War Z trailer
  252. You should have bicycles
  253. The technorati fallacy
  254. One of my favorite types of requests
  255. The Lucasfilm thing
  256. The hermeneutics of automated configuration management
  257. I kind of agree with Descartes that philosophy should be done later in life
  258. It's not political discussion if you're just yelling at me.
  259. Complicated things are complicated (October 2012)
  260. The forest, the trees, and the DVDs
  261. Undecided voters
  262. David Quammen's new book seems good, but not sure I'll read it
  263. Found a new philosophy podcast
  264. Yes, pitty the poor billionaires and their thankless lives of toil.
  265. The ongoing adventures of Walter Bishop
  266. One can do a lot worse than "good enough."
  267. Is that a missile in your yard, or are you just trying to deter something?
  268. That's fine, but Aristotle still makes for tedious reading.
  269. Nevermind came out 20 years ago today
  270. Messing around with OpenPhoto
  271. Safety nets
  272. So, the Romney thing
  273. Your data-mining sucks
  274. Started watching Homeland
  275. The Clint Eastwood thing
  276. Enjoy the current plethora of music streaming choices while you can
  277. I invoke Sturgeon's Law
  278. Why would the FTC have anything to say about Twitter?
  279. The Lance Armstrong thing
  280. Actually, I expect Todd Akin to announce his candidacy for President any day now
  281. A lot of Can
  282. Finished the first series of *Downton Abbey*
  283. So Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick
  284. Writing apps
  285. Distorted markets
  286. App.net, or, why it's still tough to compete with free
  287. Unfortunately, gun ownership and car ownership are not the same thing
  288. A bit more on the HBO thing
  289. OS upgrades
  290. Or I could just go listen to the album
  291. Monster Movie Week!
  292. As goes Sparrow...
  293. Why is Twitter more interesting to me than Facebook?
  294. Fantastical + Entourage + Exchange = WEIRDNESS
  295. Network neutrality, obviously a communist plot
  296. Nope, advertising just sucks
  297. Reading
  298. Interesting, but seems like asking for trouble
  299. Who needs it!
  300. Advantage, Mutt
  301. Do you want the answer, or not?
  302. ACA coverage and systems failure
  303. To-do lists
  304. So long, Weather Underground
  305. Checked baggage
  306. The challenge of spending any amount of time in Boston
  307. From the $2 bins at the record store
  308. I haven't seen *Prometheus*, but....
  309. The HBO thing
  310. It shouldn't matter which device I'm using
  311. Not exactly random, but good listening
  312. The Dark Knight... meh
  313. Because Kubrick is a good director, and Ridley Scott is not
  314. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  315. Memorial Day
  316. The revolution will not be Harvardized
  317. Chrome + Google Reader + space bar = ANNOYING
  318. Oddball behind-the-scenes photos
  319. The Times-Picayune, and chasing the wrong problem
  320. Experimenting with Pelican
  321. Readlists
  322. The classroom as an open, iterative project
  323. Yes, the Michael Wolff article
  324. Jevon's Paradox and the Cloud
  325. War Hazard Eliminated!
  326. Unintended Consequences
  327. Limbaugh blah blah blah
  328. You’re playing their game
  329. I highly doubt that AppleTV will magically kill the cable companies
  330. Breitbart
  331. I’m not sure I follow *you*, Mr. Romney…
  332. Maybe they think I’m going to buy another one?
  333. A bit more on The Shining
  334. Obviously, The Shining is *really* about the capitalist oppression of the working class
  335. 47 days of music seems like not that much…
  336. Regrettably, a post on campaign finance reform
  337. Why stop with in-app purchases?
  338. Opera would have saved the Lindbergh baby
  339. Actually, I would prefer not to deal with a human
  340. Ip Man
  341. Yes, but I’m still one one who has to decline the meeting invite
  342. Bogeyman
  343. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *The Blob (1988)*
  344. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *Isolation*
  345. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: The Crack In the World
  346. BASIC
  347. In which I am paid back for 10+ years of scoffing
  348. The Comcast/Netflix thing
  349. My power is beyond your understanding!
  350. Out-stupiding the TSA
  351. I see what you did there
  352. The problem with *Stargate:Universe*
  353. That "15 albums" thing
  354. Pedestrian v. motorist v. bicycle
  355. Sorry guys, it's still just a hobby
  356. Sunny side up, hold the overflowing manure pits
  357. That's an interesting definition you have there
  358. James Cameron v. the philistines
  359. Sometimes zombies and politics do mix.
  360. Damn hell ass boobies (2006)
  361. Whither censure?
  362. Stealing TV, Part II
  363. OCTOBER?!
  364. Chasing boogeymen
  365. Nice vetting job, folks
  366. In a move that gives bootlicks and sycophants everywhere a bad name...
  367. As goes South Dakota... well, hopefully not
  368. A discovery that should surprise exactly no one
  369. And no, I don’t care what anyone was wearing
  370. The worst idea I’ve ever heard
  371. Once again, ladies and gentleman, the professionals at work
  372. Supporting the freedom-haters
  373. Why I’m glad I’m not a miner
  374. Say it some more, because that will make it true
  375. Music update - February 2006
  376. The Corporation
  377. Watching TV without having TV
  378. Google strikes again (2006)
  379. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
  380. Touchy subject
  381. Take my ports. Please.
  382. NUTS!
  383. One year older than I was at this time last year
  384. Gaim 2.0 beta is surprisingly unannoying
  385. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
  386. Lewis Black
  387. Uhhhhhhh...
  388. The Yes Men
  389. And again, my apologies
  390. I did it for you, Damien
  391. DRUNKEN CHENEY KILLS AGAIN!!!
  392. The site may be slow today
  393. Electronic mediocrity
  394. Maybe they are better off...
  395. Angry Dick strikes again
  396. Capote
  397. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
  398. Why I don’t believe in a lot of stuff
  399. Wherein Pete despairs
  400. A long overdue return to an old favorite
  401. The Plame Name Blame Game Revisited (with pictures)
  402. Meanwhile, in TV Land...
  403. Hide your puppies
  404. I like VoIP
  405. From the “Oh, ya THINK?!” Dept:
  406. More good stuff (hopefully) from the Beeb
  407. The Monkey and the Sock Puppet, Part VI
  408. So, Mr. Attorney General—what questions will you answer?
  409. The hearings are on.
  410. Apples and oranges
  411. And in somewhat less serious news...
  412. Tune in tomorrow. For nothing.
  413. War in name only
  414. What? Something good from Cincinnati?
  415. Lookee here—I got me a domain!
  416. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a scandal today
  417. I suppose that’s one way of putting it
  418. Hooray for books I’ve never read
  419. The State of the Union (in Happy Happy Gumdrop Land)
  420. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
  421. Flirting with the dark side
  422. Countdown to a big waste of time
  423. What if you had a demonstration and no one cared?
  424. When the hair was big and the booze flowed like water
  425. Weekend music update
  426. The New York Times finally throws down
  427. Today’s project
  428. What not to be looking for on a slow Friday afternoon
  429. The broken record continues to spin
  430. Long time, no music
  431. Yes, I’ve gotten sucked into Battlestar Galactica
  432. At least someone is putting up a fight
  433. More legal contortions
  434. More on Iran
  435. It’s not playing politics when we do it.
  436. Only 20 more hours to go
  437. Original intent
  438. And Iran, Iran so far away, Iran all night and day
  439. You say Alito, I say whatever
  440. Tick, tick, tick, tick
  441. I don’t want to live with the bears
  442. Quick TV update
  443. Still nowhere on the wiretapping
  444. Alas Kermit, we hardly knew ye
  445. Reading too much into The West Wing
  446. A question, sir...
  447. Blogging about blogging
  448. A few changes
  449. HOWTO: The Straw Man
  450. Year-end music round-up
  451. Again with the wire-tapping
  452. The Great Wire-Tapping Caper That Almost Was
  453. King Kong is a giant piece of shit
  454. I’m genuinely shocked
  455. If only we were this interested in our own elections
  456. Angry Dick
  457. The Fellowship of the Wardrobe
  458. Sorry for the delay
  459. The time grows near
  460. Site news - October 2005
  461. Quote of the Day
  462. Serenity
  463. Stop! You’re killin’ me
  464. I want something like War of the Worlds, but on TV
  465. Forensic Show #23
  466. It’s TV time again
  467. Nothing to see here
  468. Going from bad to worse to...
  469. The Return of the Puzzled Chimp
  470. Google Talk
  471. The Crummy Governor vs. the Worst Newspaper on Earth
  472. Liquid Television strikes back from beyond the grave
  473. Voting != Democracy
  474. He’s not lying
  475. Trying to maintain my sense of perspective
  476. The perfect album?
  477. Movies, movies, movies
  478. Yes, Becky, there really is a new post
  479. A bit of background
  480. Leaving, on a jet plane
  481. He also likes puppies and helps crippled children
  482. Consequences of spending two straight days in the rack room
  483. No one ever said beggars can’t be complainers
  484. Again with this story
  485. Music update - July 2005
  486. PLAME NAME BLAME GAME!
  487. Whither Rove?
  488. How quaint.
  489. Intellects vast and cool...
  490. and... They’re off!
  491. “I have a secret plan to win the war...”
  492. I’m back
  493. You say quagmire, I say... well... quagmire.
  494. Thank you, FARK
  495. ZOMBIES!
  496. On second thought...
  497. Worst... Interviewer... EVER.
  498. Not with a bang, but a whimper
  499. So it actually didn’t suck
  500. More on the filibuster debate
  501. YES!!
  502. Going nuclear/constitutional
  503. Worth a listen?
  504. Music update - May 2005)
  505. Well, at least it’s not wooden...
  506. Who would have guessed I’d make two posts about the National Weather Service in as many weeks?
  507. Because the government doesn’t have anything better to do...
  508. More on taxes
  509. Happy April 15th
  510. Normally, I welcome change, but...
  511. Long live the Death Tax
  512. Damn hell ass boobies (2005)
  513. Woohoo! It’s Windows Update day!
  514. Wherein Pete refuses to throw his lot in with the fanboys
  515. METAL!!!
  516. The Republicans step up their war on the judiciary
  517. This is the coolest thing EVER
  518. Your tax dollars at work - April 2004
  519. April Fools Day
  520. Groundhog Day, Part II
  521. The devil movies always get me.
  522. IM Annoyances
  523. Wherein Pete attempts to give Congressional Republicans the benefit of the doubt.
  524. What the hell?
  525. I suggest we start a pool...
  526. Drill, drill, drill!
  527. This is getting out of hand.
  528. I, for one, say “Woohoo!”
  529. the gates... THE GATES!!
  530. More “indecency”
  531. And again...
  532. Where have I heard this before?
  533. Anybody want gmail?
  534. Dirty, dirty titties
  535. It’s true because I say it’s true.
  536. Odds bodkins! It has failed again!
  537. One man’s Conservative...
  538. Google strikes again! (2005)
  539. wah-nah NAAHHH nah-nah
  540. More on the latest $80 billion circling the drain
  541. You just can’t write stuff this good.
  542. Argh, I say.
  543. A rose is a rose.
  544. I’d say good riddance, if only I didn’t fear something even worse
  545. Sorry...
  546. “Horse?” asked the Cart, “I don’t need no stinkin’ horse.”
  547. Amusement
  548. The bottom-end of 2004
  549. How Bush Won
  550. New Music
  551. Foolishness
  552. Good news, I think...
  553. The first of many, I’m sure...
  554. Numbers, numbers, numbers
  555. Remember that thing I said yesterday?
  556. We have answered your question, now please go away.
  557. Alright, we’ve fixed that problem. What’s next?
  558. Site news - November 2004
  559. A brief tale of political shenanigans
  560. More good web radio
  561. Another post-election site
  562. If we say it enough, that makes it true, right?
  563. Sorry, everybody
  564. What the hell *is* an activist judge, anyway?
  565. Apologies
  566. Nonsense
  567. Some new music
  568. Your argument is very convincing… if only it were not a tangled web of lies.
  569. The music is back online
  570. What is wrong with our culture, summed up in a single amusing anecdote
  571. Odds and Ends
  572. SCIENCE!
  573. Making a bad situation worse
  574. Derrida, Part II
  575. From the “It Couldn’t Happen To a Better Bunch of People” Dept.:
  576. The Faith-Based Presidency
  577. I am rather disgusted at the moment
  578. Two weeks, man… two weeks…
  579. It’s been fun, Linux, but I just don’t think this is going to work out.