Marvel announced it is relaunching the adventures of Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, in a new series in March titled The Magnificent Ms. Marvel, from the creative team of Eisner-award winning writer Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt, Exiles) and artist Minkyu Jung (Batgirl, Nightwing).
After more than 50 issues, writer G. Willow Wilson is stepping down as the writer of Ms. Marvel, with her final issue arriving in February. Wilson, along with Marvel editors Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker and artist Adrian Alphona, co-created Kamala Khan in 2013.
“I think she’s really the face of everything that’s new and fresh and exciting and ‘21st century’ at Marvel, and with superheroes in general. To be given stewardship of that is a big deal to me,” Ahmed told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s always thrilling being given responsibility over a beloved character. It’s particularly meaningful for me to be taking over from Willow.”
“It just seems so incredible that this character, who was just going to be a fun project for both of us loosely influenced by Sana’s own experiences growing up, had become a cultural phenomenon that was going to outlive us both,” Wilson said. “Given that was true, I really wanted to be cognizant of the fact that superheroes thrive with a multiplicity of voices telling their stories. I wanted to leave on a high note.”
Wilson also penned a farewell letter to Ms. Marvel, where she mentioned earlier this year she had the fear of repeating herself when sitting down to write a new script, which was a sign that it was time to give thought to how she would step away from the series.
"I was delighted when Saladin said yes to taking over writing duties on Ms. Marvel. His plans for Kamala are incredibly exciting, and it’s been a lot of fun getting an inside look at where the series is headed under his direction. I was blown away by his work on Black Bolt, which gave me the same sense of endless possibility that reading Sandman gave me as a teenager. You’re in for a treat."
The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1, by Saladin Ahmed and Minkyu Jung, goes on sale March 2019 from Marvel Comics.