Holy shit, something good is finally coming out of New Jersey. Marvel’s newest female heroine is about to whoop some ass as Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, who is not only from Jersey City, but also the first Muslim-American superhero. Just like any teenage girl, her mom is a total pain in the ass and lives in constant fear that Kamala will get knocked up. But lucky for Kamala, she’s a polymorph so she can change sizes and shape at her discretion.

The internet has since lit up over the announcement, sparking celebration from Muslim-Americans who have long-awaited a positive depiction of Muslim women in the media. The new series will launch in early 2014, giving many Americans plenty of time to google “What is a Muslim?” and “Where is Pakistan?” over the holidays.

The Internet has since lit up over news of the announcement, sparking celebration from Muslim-Americans who have long awaited a positive depiction of Muslim women in the media. It inspired a hilarious Stephen Colbert ‘outrage’ on right wing media and some great Tweets.

But there’s more to Kamala than her family background. Sana Amanat, an editor at Marvel and one of the driving forces behind the creation of the new character, assures readers that the Pakistani-Muslim background isn’t the central focus of the new series. Ms. Marvel is going to kick some ass and being from Dirty Jerz surely means that there’s no shortage of shitheads.

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