Review: NO NORMAL (Ms. Marvel Vol. 1) by G. Wilson & Adrian Alphona

No Normal

My husband has been on a kick for graphic novels written by women, and I’ve been on a kick for diversity representation in speculative fiction, so this was a delightful find for both of us.

I’m not familiar with any incarnation of this Marvel hero, but I was easily absorbed into the story line. I am a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but all of the movie plots are so larger-than-life that it was nice to experience an origin story that was more rooted in reality. This was like any other female coming-of-age story, involving family and friend drama. Just with a little something extra, in the form of super powers.

The artwork was a little cartoony for me. I adore the cover of this volume, and after seeing it spread around online so much, I think that art style was what I expected. On the other hand, the interior style definitely presented Kamala’s abilities to good effect.

Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars

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Currently reading: A Wizard’s Forge (ARC) by A.M. Justice (80%) and A Symphony of Echoes (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #2) by Jodi Taylor (32%)

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By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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