Why not a Muslim superheroine comic?:

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I mean I'd read it, especially if more attention was given to her qualities as a superheroine defending the virtues of her beliefs while not enforcing them on others, including other superheroes as a norm. As in, a Moderate Muslim superheroine whose costume would probably be the least revealing superheroine outfit of all time (covers her hair completely like an Olympic swimmer's suit, NO CHANCE OF POWER GIRL LIKE BUST HOLE) - she wouldn't kill villains because Allah forbids such things, and important distinctions between legitimate superhumans like herself using her powers to help people rather than using them to force ideology on non-Muslim states through violence related to said powers or even just regular terrorists doing the same with guns and bombs would be made.

I mean, why has nobody thought of this already? You would have thought actual Moderate Muslims would have thought of doing this if some of them were artists who wanted to teach kids about the difference between legitimate power and abuse of it among Muslim neighbourhoods - but maybe the Unfortunate Implications that could arise might have put people off.

What do you guys think?
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2 LoniJay26th Feb 2011 05:31:16 PM from Australia , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
I follow a comic about a Lebanese superheroine, but it doesn't focus much on religion. More on civil wars.
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Chances are, eventually something in the comic will provoke the right winged muslims...and you know what they do when a media does something they don't like.
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4 shimaspawn26th Feb 2011 05:35:05 PM from Here and Now , Relationship Status: In your bunk
You mean like Dust?
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5 MRDA198126th Feb 2011 05:39:22 PM from Hell (London), UK.
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Heard of this lot?

From what I've read, it seems to be really cookie-cutter stuff; they need the Muslim angle to get any return on this.
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If one exists, I would think one might find it in Indonesian comics rather than anything from the Middle East, which seems to have a far older comic book industry than the Middle East.
I'm quite sure there was one, I just totally forget the name (not much of a superhero comic reader myself).
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Like how the 99 have a lot of "intellect/Awesomeness by Analysis" type powers, although not sure I'd read it.

Dust's powers are pretty much identical to Sandman's, aren't they? Sand control is kind of Captain Ethnic for a Muslim character.
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11 LoniJay26th Feb 2011 08:13:56 PM from Australia , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Yep, that's the author. Malaak is the name of the comic.
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12 MarqFJA6th Feb 2013 01:34:25 PM from Saudi Arabia , Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
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13 Trivialis6th Feb 2013 04:04:27 PM from contemplation
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Well, there's Aladdin, with the princess.

There's also The Mummy series. Interesting mix of ancient and modern Egypt with cultural connections. I wonder if these have been made into comics.

edited 6th Feb '13 4:04:55 PM by Trivialis

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14 MarqFJA6th Feb 2013 04:14:18 PM from Saudi Arabia , Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
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Um, the topic is about Muslim superheroines, not Muslim non-superhero-genre heroines.

edited 6th Feb '13 4:14:30 PM by MarqFJA

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15 Kayeka6th Feb 2013 04:42:21 PM from Amsterdam , Relationship Status: Brony
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I wouldn't mind a super-heroine who just happens to be Muslim, but I'm not sure if making it her gimmick would be the best way to go about it.
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Captain Britain & MI:13 had Faiza Hussain. I loved that book. On a comic book forum, I even used Faiza for my avatar.

She seems to hit the points you mentioned. Refusing to kill (except for demons ... and Dracula) and an outfit that covers her hair and entire body. Plus, she's British, a doctor and a superhero fangirl. It's about as far from stereotypical as you can get.

I'm curious though; why a Muslim superheroine and not a Muslim superhero?
17 MarqFJA6th Feb 2013 04:59:18 PM from Saudi Arabia , Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
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Probably because of the whole hijab thing. And I'm not the OP, BTW.
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18 Psyga3156th Feb 2013 09:34:05 PM from Dungeons & Dragons No Sekai , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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I find this idea very interesting... though that's mainly because when I look at someone wearing a hijab, I usually think of a ninja... {sigh} that just sounds so shallow, I know it.

And I think the reason is already answered. The reason why no one decides to write a Muslim superheroine is that trying to create a character of a different ethnicity and basing them around said ethnicity has a slim chance of actually working. Most cases will result in a character that sparks controversy, or one who badly represents the ethnicity, and so, the writers just don't bother creating one because they don't have the time to carefully plan the character out so that they can be well-received.
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19 QuestionMarc6th Feb 2013 09:48:29 PM from Down-town Canada , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
I don't really read comic books but I wouldn't have any comic book writer make a Muslim heroine.

Not because I don't like Muslims, but because you gotta write about what you know. As far as I'm concerned, most heroine would end up with a good chance of being a walking stereotype that is just wrong all around. Not necessarily the case 100% of the time, but still.

That apply to all media IMO, most writers should really stick to what they know. Especially with Muslims subjects, since Muslims can be rather touchy about their religion.
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In my experience, superhero comics don't like dealing with religion in general.
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21 Barkey6th Feb 2013 10:32:28 PM from Bunker 051 , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
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It'd seem a little bit too gimmicky to me. I'd rather just have a superheroine with her own story and behavior, and being a Muslim was just part of it in the background. Bringing it to the fore in an effort to make her a Muslims-Aren't-All-Evil poster girl just doesn't seem like a good idea.

From a personal standpoint, gonna second the hijab. I've met plenty of Muslim women in developed countries who don't wear the hijab, and for me it's just sort of.. Meh. I look at the hijab the same way most people would look at an Amish man who is clothed like he just got off the mayflower.
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IIRC, in Batman, there's a recent plotline about Batmen in other countries, and the French one is a Muslim of immigrant ancestry (and naturally knows parkour).
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23 SpookyMask7th Feb 2013 01:35:35 AM from Corner in round room , Relationship Status: Non-Canon
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@Title: Done already tongue Its not exactly most unique idea

edited 7th Feb '13 1:39:13 AM by SpookyMask

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24 joeyjojo7th Feb 2013 02:18:42 AM from South Sydney: go the bunnies!
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It'd seem a little bit too gimmicky to me. I'd rather just have a superheroine with her own story and behavior, and being a Muslim was just part of it in the background.

I like that. But the trouble with it is you risk making the character's background 'window dressing'.

In today's political climate very few people can be 'cafeteria Muslims'. Her religious identity may not define her but it's hardly going to be a non issue.

edited 7th Feb '13 2:19:25 AM by joeyjojo

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