Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mighty Muslim and Marvel Comics

Studying Islam?  Check out Islam in popular American culture like Marvel Comics.

In February, according to the New York Times, Marvel Comics will begin a new series with a lead character called Karmala Khan. She's a teenage girl living in, believe it or not, Jersey City. Karmala's family comes from Pakistan and the teenager follows Carol Danvers, the blond blue-eyed girl who calls herself Captain Marvel. Karmela discovers her powers like her ability to change shape and soon takes on the code name, Ms. Marvel.

The comic book writer, G. Willow Wilson, told the New York Times, “Captain Marvel represents an ideal that Kamala pines for. She is strong, beautiful and doesn’t have any of the baggage of being Pakistani and ‘different.’ ”

The Huffinton Post also has a short story about the comic here and AP News has one here. And here is a story from NPR's Marketplace:

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