Nov 08, 2013

    Muslim girl is Marvel's upcoming superhero


    MOVE over, Black Widow, and step aside, She-Hulk - Marvel Comics is introducing a new superhero, a 16-year-old Muslim-American girl named Kamala Khan, to reflect the growing diversity of its readers.

    The character, who will be the new Ms. Marvel, lives with her conservative Pakistani parents and brother in New Jersey. She will make her debut in January and appear in a monthly series starting on Feb 6.

    "It is so important that we tell stories that reflect the ever-changing world that we live in, and being a Muslim-American is so much a part of that," said Ms Sana Amanat, the series editor, who has also worked on Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate X-Men comic books.

    Khan is a big comic-book fan who takes the name of Ms. Marvel after she discovers her superhuman powers: being a polymorph and able to lengthen her arms and legs, and change her shape.

    "It's for all the geek girls out there, and everybody else who's ever looked at life on the fringe," writer G. Willow Wilson said in a statement.