Ms. Marvel urges Americans to vote
Looks like everyone wants folks to get out and vote, even superheroes. Ms. Marvel, otherwise known as Kamala Khan, is urging voters to tap into their own superpowers this election season to get to the polls and vote.
Marvel Comics issued a first look at the upcoming release of “Ms. Marvel” No. 13, which focuses on the teenager’s attempt to get out the vote in her Jersey City neighborhood.
Khan made her debut in the Marvel world in “Captain Marvel” No. 14, released in August 2013, before Marvel announced in November of that year that the character would be taking on the mantle of Ms. Marvel beginning in February 2014.
The announcement made Khan the first Muslim character to headline a Marvel comic series, and the reboot allowed the exploration of story lines centering not just around the creation of identity for a teenage girl, but a Muslim-American one at that.
That it’s Ms. Marvel extolling the virtues voting is of particular significance during a presidential race that has been marred with repeated race-based controversies, including verbal sparring between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan over the candidate’s remarks about Muslim immigration.
In the sneak preview from Marvel, Mr. Marvel goes door to door imploring people to get to the polls to make their voices heard in the upcoming election. She is met with much resistance but eventually displays how one of her own superpowers is the power of persuasion, as she launches into an impassioned speech disabusing her neighbors of all their misguided notions about voting before leading the frenzied masses to the polls.
Written by G. Willow Wilson, with art by Mirka Andolfo, the comic will be available in stores Nov. 30 (after the election) but readers can check out the superheroine’s heroic efforts to get out the vote now online.
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