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The Escapist Staff | 30 Dec 2014 15:00
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Best Comic Book Series of 2014

Read about the nominees here.

Saga
Hawkeye
Ms. Marvel

And the Escapist Award goes to ...

Ms. Marvel (Marvel Comics)

Comic Series Ms Marvel


Publisher: Marvel Comics
Written by: G. Willow Wilson
Art: Sara Pichelli

Senior Editor Ross Lincoln says: Like I said previously, the entire Comics and Cosplay team nominated Ms. Marvel for this award, and as such we have to give it to her hands-down. For people who love their comics replete with lore porn and connections to the larger universe, you've got her fan-worship of the former Ms. Marvel/current Captain Marvel, plus the recent reveal that the new Ms. Marvel is an Inhuman. For people who like their comics full of real-feeling personal drama, you've got a coming of age story about a young adult grasping for independence, still needing her family, and navigating a complex social world.

But the best thing about it is that it's an exciting superhero story, with cool powers and the development of a great story arc, married to an authentic story of the immigrant experience. Kamala Khan is of course a Pakistani teen whose parents are quite traditional. The way this series explores that as an aspect of her developing superpowers should be studied as a perfect example of how not to pander, paternalize, or give in to tokenism. Brilliant stuff.


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