Saw this article today about a new Muslim superhero(i know there are many).. this one stood out.. coz..
1)her first name rhymes with Malala,
2)last name is Khan..
3)She is of Pakistani origin..
Its like they had a check-list to make her as recognizably Muslim as possible.
Heres the original article with more details about the comic- http://designtaxi.com/news/362022/Marvel-Comics-Introduces-Muslim-Girl-Superhero/
So anyway I posted a few pro and critical tweets about it on twitter ..
obviously i was having mixed feelings about it.
Wound up getting invited onto an talk with the creator of the series G Willow Wilson on a BBC radio show.
I didn’t get to say much(was quite engrossed in listening to them all..and a bit nervous).. just managed to say that i wasn’t happy with her being another in a long line of Ms.Marvels .. should have made her an original sounding superhero.
Listen to the podcast here,its an mp3 so click to listen or rightclick and download it(around 23mb)
The segment about the comic starts at 23:10
My part is at 32:32
The BBC page is here.
Like i mentioned earlier, this isn’t the first time someone’s created a muslim superhero..
a recent one infact was a differently abled muslim boy – Silver Scorpion read it here.
and then of course theres The 99 a comic-book series based on characters that each personify one of the 99 qualities that the Koran attributes to God(soon to be an animated series). The first issue is available here for free.
and then there are all the characters already in the marvel and DC universes.. go google them.