Marvel Comics’s Ms. Marvel is taking a break from saving the world to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton.
In 2015, Marvel introduced Kamala Khan, a Muslim-American teenager who took over the Ms. Marvel mantle from Carol Danvers. The results were mostly positive, even if Khan spent her first issue defending her classmates from microaggressions instead of defending Earth from nefarious galactic threats like her mentor.
But, according to Marvel’s previews, Ms. Marvel #13, due out in November, is an “educational PSA” on voting rights. It delves into how it’s illegal to be prevented from voting by an employer, and, most importantly, on how a protest vote (or no vote at all) is an abrogation of everything our forefathers fought for.
At any rate, Ms. Marvel #13 sees Kamala trying to get out the vote in her New Jersey hometown, only to have door after door slammed in her face, and to be chewed out by a character who looks suspiciously like Bernie Sanders and hasn’t voted since 1972. At one point, the collective apathy of New Jersey voters saps Kamala of her powers and forces her to pass out in the middle of the street, emotionally bereft at the thought of Donald Trump winning the election.
Because make no mistake, Ms. Marvel is not voting for Donald Trump, according to her comics creator, Sana Amanat, who told Late Night with Seth Meyers that Kamala would have strong words for the Republican candidate.
“The first thing that she would say is, you’re doing such irreparable damage to young Americans, and minorities everywhere,” Amanat said. “And then she’d probably remind him that his grandfather was an immigrant, I believe, and if he had the same type of vitriolic sentiment … thrown at him, Trump would not have the opportunities that he would have or the successes that he would have.”
In the end, as evidence by a promotional picture from the comic, Kamala succeeds.
Unfortunately for Hillary, the comic book actually comes out after the election: on November 30. Which means that, by the time she can buy the issue in her local comic book store, we’ll know whether the Hillary-focused efforts in New Jersey won or lost her the race.