When Kamala Khan was announced as the new Ms. Marvel, the uproar of excitement that spanned the internet almost completely outweighed any naysayers. Kamala, replacing her idol Carol Danvers as Ms. Marvel, was the first Muslim-American superheroine under the [Marvel](channel:932254) umbrella. The debut issue, released in February, jumped to the top of Marvel's digital sales charts almost immediately, and with this past month's numbers in, the Kamala Korps have spoken: Ms. Marvel is here to stay. This past week, the graphic novel (Ms Marvel Vol 1: No Normal) topped overall sales charts for October 2014, and took second place on the New York Times Best-Seller List for the month.
Ms. Marvel has been called ground-breaking, and sales stand as a strong argument for ongoing diversity in comics. Kamala faces challenges ranging from her family's traditions to that of any geeky teenager; she struggles with her self-confidence and identity, looking to Captain Marvel for inspiration, and ducks away into her room to write Avengers fanfiction. It's through her love for superheroes that she soon discovers her own self-worth -- oh, and crazy powers where she can shrink and grow any body part, making for some heavy-hitting fists. She can also change her appearance, and immediately takes the form of Carol Danvers as Ms. Marvel in hopes of becoming her hero.
While Kamala hasn't gone into space, or taken down a giant monster attacking New York City -- not yet, at least -- she's certainly been one of the most relatable superheroines in recent years, primarily for teenagers and outcasts who still haven't quite figured out who they are.
Kamala has already demonstrated that she's no small-time superheroine, having met everyone's favorite clawed Canadian, Wolverine.
The graphic novel's success is particularly notable because it went up against titles such as Batman and Hawkeye, standing out against a boys' club led by white male protagonists and ranking higher than all of them. This just goes to show that cultural backgrounds, race, and gender in comic cook heroes can succeed when put in the hands of creators who care and share those experiences.
What does this say for Marvel's future? That, just like it has been with Miles Morales as Spider-Man and Monica Rambeau as Captain Marvel - color and gender don't hinder a superhero or their super-sales. Comics don't need to be limited to the standard superhero in spandex, and more diverse heroes in no danger of doing badly when created with care. Nobody's going to take away Batman and Hawkeye, of course, but it's always wonderful to know that there is room for more in terms of diversity and representation in comics.
With that said, [Captain Marvel](movie:949779) is already lined up for a movie, and one Tumblr user had a pretty sweet idea for an after-credits scene...
Hmm... sounds familiar: