The New Ms. Marvel Is a Muslim Girl From New Jersey

Ms Marvel Kamala Khan cover (header)

When Ms. Marvel returns to Marvel Comics in February, she won’t look much like the blond-haired, blue-eyed soldier you remember. In fact, she won’t look like most other superheroes at all.

The publisher announced this week that they would launch a new series built around Kamala Khan, the next character to take on the Ms. Marvel moniker held by Carol Danvers before she refashioned herself Captain Marvel. What makes Khan pretty unusual in the comic book universe is that she’s a Muslim teenager from Jersey City. Hit the jump to get a first look at Marvel’s newest do-gooder.

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