Sixteen-year-old Kamala Khan is still trying to figure out her place in the world–and it just got a whole lot harder. Suddenly empowered with the ability to change size, Kamala wants to become a superhero, just like her idol Carol Danvers. But is that possible for a brown Muslim teenanger from Jersey City? Kamala’s adventures are perfect for readers new to Marvel because her comics begin with her origin story–no background knowledge of her world or history is required. Her stories will resonate as she grapples with issues facing today’s readers.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Teenager Miles Morales has the usual worries–school, family, and crushes. Oh, and then there’s the fact that he is secretly Spider-Man. Miles’ struggles finding his place in a world not always kind to people who look like him will speak to readers concerned with contemporary social issues. Miles as a character will win readers over with his desire to always do the right thing. A great pick for fans of Into the Spider-Verse.
In an alternate universe, Peter Parker is dead and college student Gwen Stacy is a band member by day and Spider-Woman by night. Life is tough when you are trying to balance academics and saving the world–even if your own father were not a police chief unknowingly trying to take down Spider Woman. Gwen’s story will appeal to readers who enjoyed the film Into the Spider-Verse or readers looking for a relatably angry protagonist.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
Computer science major Doreen Green is secretly the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl! With the help of her squirrel sidekick Tippy-Toe, she uses the powers of squirrel and girl to take down the bad guys–preferably by listening to them and making them feel heard. She’ll eat nuts and kick butts when necessary, though! This series is a feel-good read fueled by humor and Doreen’s belief that everyone has a bit of good inside. It is also fairly self-contained, so readers do not need to be familiar with the rest of the Marvel universe to dive right in.
The Unstoppable Wasp
Nadia, Hank Pym’s teenage daughter, has escaped from the Red Room. Now, she wants to change the world by gathering together a team of girl super scientists. It won’t be easy–not when S.H.I.E.L.D.’s list of the smartest people of the world has traditionally been dominated by men. But Nadia’s positivity and her belief in the goodness in the world around her will prove transformative. A great choice for readers looking for an uplifting story.