The Importance of Kamala Khan

When I hear the word “superhero” the image that predominantly comes to my mind is that of a strong, formidable, attractive, other worldly figure who serves as an example for the ideal we must strive to be. Take Superman for example, he is the perfect example of a classic superhero. Clark Kent is a white man living in a society that already favours him  because of  his gender and race with that he is also a character with limited weaknesses and vices making him almost Godly. As a female reader and a person with vices and weaknesses I found it difficult to connect to his character and so struggled to complete reading All Star Superman. This however was not the case with Ms. Marvel at all as I read both volume 1 and 2 in a day thoroughly enjoying myself. Kamala Khan is very much a character I can connect to as she is both female and brown like me thus I  could connect to many of her own personal conflicts as her culture and family values conflicted with her desire to conform to Western Society. Kamala Khan beautifully represents a demographic woefully under-represented in  main stream comic books as she is a young teenager belonging to an ethnic minority searching for her own identity and placement in society while juggling school, friends, her culture and religion while trying to survive the complex  world that is high school. In the future I hope to see Marvel create and publicize superheroes who belong to minority groups in society like Kamala Khan as Marvel has a wide spread spread number of readers each one  unique in their own identity  and it it important for them to see a part of their own identity and story reflected in the image and character of a superhero.

2 thoughts on “The Importance of Kamala Khan

  1. Hey Chrislyn,

    I loved that you addressed the underrepresentation of minority groups in comic books, and pop-culture in general, and I think that minority groups can have some very compelling stories revolving around culture, religion etc. which would probably be universally appealing. While I didn’t have as much difficulty reading through All-Star Superman, I definitely agree with you on Ms. Marvel being a much smoother read because of it’s continuous storyline. Nice job on the weekly post!

    – Hamza

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  2. I also related to Kamala in that I’m also a brown teenage girl!!!! I love that young girls can have a hero like Kamala they can look up to and relate to. And I’m definitely not saying that other people who aren’t young girls can’t look up to her or find her relatable, because I’m sure lots of people can relate to the naivety and the awkwardness that comes with her character. I’m just glad that we are seeing more representation in comics. I agree that as a female reader, this comic was so much easier to read than Superman. When you hear the word ‘superhero’, the first thing that comes to mind is a white classically handsome and traditionally masculine male. With comics like Ms. Marvel, I’m glad that what we think of when we think ‘superhero’ is starting to change.

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