True story. About 2 weeks ago I was lounging around one of the several comic shops I frequent (Coy’s Comics in Saginaw, MI for the assassins tracking my movements) when the front door jangled as it opened. Steve, the owner, cut off our conversation as he turned to greet the new customer.
“Welcome, can I help you find something?” he asked.
I feel like I can always tell when a comic store owner is addressing a regular and when they’re not. A slightly different cadence in speech that shows a minor discomfort in dealing with an actual shopper who may have just wandered in on accident. Steve was addressing that shopper now.
“I’m looking for the new Ms. Marvel.” She told him, hoisting what I assumed was her daughter into her arms.
While Steve cashed the young mother out and handed her a bagged and boarded edition of Ms. Marvel #1, she informed him that it was the first comic she’d ever purchased. When she left, Steve and I looked at each other. This book was going to be something different.
After that experience, when I see people calling the book “remarkable”, “amazing”, and “wholly original,” I have no reason to doubt that Kamala Khan has the whole world interested, and not just the usual comic store denizens. In March, Ms. Marvel #2, from the critically acclaimed creative team of G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, will be hitting the shelves. Kamala’s ordinary life just took a heroic turn as she explores her immense new powers. Will she be up to the task? Or will the weight of the Ms. Marvel legacy prove too great for the young protagonist? Make sure you’re there to find out!
And for those of you who missed out on Ms. Marvel #1, a second printing is also releasing in March. Don’t miss out this time around!