WASHINGTON - A leading America comics company has introduced a Muslim superhero to character, who leaves behind street racing to join an intergalactic police force to fight crime and corruption.
"There's no real prominent Arab-American superheroes in DC (Comics) at all," Geoff Johns, who writes the Green Lantern series, told Reuters.
DC Comics has introduced a Muslim superhero as a new Green Lantern to fight crime in the universe.
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The new series tells the story of Simon Baz, an American of Arab ancestry raised in a Muslim family.
He is chosen to be part of the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police force.
The story begins with Baz as a child watching television images of a burning World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
As an adult, Baz, with a criminal record for illegal street racing, turns to car theft after he loses his job at an automobile factory.
A car he tries to steal lands him in the middle of a terrorism investigation.
Later on, he is magically bestowed with a ring that gives him super powers and anoints him a Green Lantern.
The series features the Muslim Lantern with the Arabic word for courage, al-shuja'a, tattooed on his arm.
"You are chosen to become a Green Lantern because you are of the ability to overcome great fear, Johns said.
And I thought that would be a great (theme) to play with, with a character of this background.
Green Lantern is the name of multiple superheroes from the DC Universe, all of whom are characterized by a power ring and the ability to create solid constructs with the ring.
The ring gives each Green Lantern a great control over the physical world as long as the wilder has sufficient willpower and strength.
The lanterns make up an intergalactic police force, known as the Green Lantern Corps.
The original Green Lantern was introduced in 1940 with a character named Alan Scott. DC revived the Green Lantern in 1959 with Jordan.
The debut of the Muslim superhero reflects the new trend of diversity in the comic book world.
"In typical comic books there's a big handsome white guy and that's it, ," Thor Parker, social marketing and event director at Midtown Comics in New York, told Reuters.
But that's not the world we live in, and comics are reflecting that.
DC Comics unveiled a gay Green Lantern in June and Marvel Comics presented a half-black, half-Latino Spider-Man last year.
When we re-launched our universe last year, diversity was a very important of the thinking when introducing characters, Johns told the Los Angeles Times.
When I thought of the story, I had to introduce a new character into the Green Latern Corps. There was a lot of thought about his background, and that's when I came up with the Arab-American Green Lantern.
This is not the first time that a Muslim superhero is introduced in the United States.Last year, issues of the DC Comics Detective Comics Annual and Batman Annual introduced a Muslim superhero, The Nightrunner, was chosen by the fictional American character Batman to fight criminals in France.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net