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Marvel to Introduce Teenage Female Muslim Hero

With writer G. Willow Wilson, artist Adrian Alphona, and editors Steve Wacker and Sara Amanat. Again, from the NYT, because apparently I get a commission from them:

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.



The creative team is braced for all possible reactions. “I do expect some negativity,” Ms. Amanat said, “not only from people who are anti-Muslim, but people who are Muslim and might want the character portrayed in a particular light.”

But “this is not evangelism,” Ms. Wilson said. “It was really important for me to portray Kamala as someone who is struggling with her faith.” The series, Ms. Wilson said, would deal with how familial and religious edicts mesh with super-heroics, which sometimes require rules to be broken.

NOTE: The pic is from the article over at Bleeding Cool. There's also a post at IO9, with some of the expected comments.


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