Gibbons, Sarah: "‘I don’t exactly have quiet, pretty powers’. Flexibility and alterity in Ms. Marvel." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 8.5 (2017), S. 450–463.
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Keywords: "Ms. Marvel", Body, Superhero, USA
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
The new Ms. Marvel series featuring Kamala Khan has been tremendously popular, having garnered significant media attention since its launch in 2014. This article analyses the representation of freaked and Othered bodies in the series. It suggests that the visual representation of Kamala’s extraordinary flexibility parallels thematic concerns surrounding the figurative flexibility to crises demanded of the characters who share her home in Jersey City; the body in this series is a site for the negotiation of and resistance to neoliberal ideologies. While Kamala’s literal flexibility is her greatest power, her visual non-conformity suggests that she is an admirable hero because she refuses to subscribe to a contemporary economic narrative that requires individuals to be flexible to unreasonable bodily demands.
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