By Skip Chatterson - November 8, 2013
It seems the comic book world is an area where diversity is slipped into acceptance. Both Marvel and DC Comics have introduced gay superheros although the LGBT superheros in the DC Universe are lesser known characters.
Now Marvel is going in a different direction, they are introducing a female Islamic superhero:
With most superheroes, when you take away the colorful costume, mask and cape, what you find underneath is a white man. But not always. In February, as part of a continuing effort to diversify its offerings, Marvel Comics will begin a series whose lead character, Kamala Khan, is a teenage Muslim girl living in Jersey City.
I figure this new superhero will be adorned in a super burka!? What superpowers will this “hero” have? Will she have something similar to the bat-belt, but it is instead called a bomb-belt. Unfortunately it would seem the bomb-belt would be a one time use device. ”Stop right there Mr. Bad Guy or I will detonate my bomb-belt”!
Then I have questions: Does this hero follow Sharia rules? If so, that would mean she can’t go out and help any poor victims until she is accompanied by a male from her family. If she answers a distress call on the bomb-phone than she would need to find a male family member who could drive the bomb-car for her, because women are not allowed to drive under Sharia rule?
This hero is from America so we can maybe assume that she is a moderate Muslim. If that is true would we ever really hear from her? Moderate Muslims seem to be very quiet when Islamic terrorism happens. Would this hero then sit at home, hoping nobody calls on her? I suppose she could help people if they are the victim of anything other than Islamic terrorism, but does she believe all Christian/Catholics and Jews are infidels?
Another thought begs an answer: With all the new LGBT characters in Marvels line up, will Ms. Muslim Superhero be forced to team up with one of them? That may be a First Amendment violation.
This won’t be the first Muslim superhero, DC has already introduced a Muslim Green Lantern. It seems the Green Lanterns is where diversity occurs in the DC Universe. They have already created a gay Green Lantern. A team up here could again cause some problems.
It will be interesting to see how Marvel portrays this new hero. I am curious to see how they will answer my questions.