How the new Ms. Marvel will attempt to tackle stereotypes

Published: Monday, Feb. 3 2014 2:45 p.m. MST

This comic book image released by Marvel Comics shows character Kamala Khan , second left, with her family Aamir, father Yusuf, mother Disha and friend Bruno, from the "Ms. Marvel" issue. The new monthly Ms. Marvel is debuting as part of the Company’s popular All-New Marvel NOW! initiative. The new Ms. Marvel is tackling stereotypes, according to a columnist for The Boston Globe.

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The new Ms. Marvel is tackling stereotypes, according to a columnist for The Boston Globe. Writer Prodita Sabarini said that when the new Ms. Marvel — “a Pakistani-American from Jersey City succeeding the original Ms. Marvel, a blonde, blue-eyed Bostonian introduced four decades ago” — hits comic stands on Wednesday, it’ll be a step forward in bringing down stereotypes.

“The new Ms. Marvel tackles both stereotypes of both oppressed Muslim women and terrorists,” she wrote. “Many Muslim women choose not to wear a hijab, and Kamala’s character is one of them. She carries her U.S. history book side by side with a book on prophet Mohammed’s sayings and another book on illustration and design. Her creators claim she was born ‘out of a desire to explore the Muslim-American diaspora from an authentic perspective.’ They would know because they, too, have had to navigate their way of being Muslim and American.”

Read the full article at bostonglobe.com.

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