The 99 is a comic series with a twist: The characters are all open-minded Muslim superheroes who set out to present human values to their (youthful) readership. It's something President Obama saw fit to praise.
"And this week, in what is perhaps the ultimate comic-book accolade, they will join forces with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. DC Comics, the US publishing giant, will publish the first of six special crossover issues in which The 99 will be fighting crime alongside the Justice League of America, the fictional superhero team that includes Superman and Batman." [Observer]
Enter the xenophobic fear-mongers such as the New York Post's Andrea Peyser who immediately considered this one of thoseIn case of emergency break glass situations:
"Hide your face and grab the kids. Coming soon to a TV in your child's bedroom is a posse of righteous, Sharia-com pliant Muslim superheroes -- including one who fights crime hidden head-to-toe by a burqa.
These Islamic butt-kickers are ready to bring truth, justice and indoctrination to impressionable Western minds."
And wasn't Socrates accused and found guilty of corrupting the minds of the youth?
The man behind The 99 is Kuwaiti Naif [Nayef] al-Mutawa who has raised $30 million to bring the animated series to US television screens. In my opinion al-Mutawa is doing his bit in shining a light in this enveloping darkness. His intended audience is the youth which I am certain he won't be corrupting, indoctrinating or whatever other ridiculous charges are thrown at him and the project. Smart move. So more power to him. And I salute all those involved in the project for their courage in these turbulent times. Personally I can't wait for this series to hit the airwaves and I hope the so-called controversy doesn't derail this program.
I personally wouldn't mind being saved by Noora in the company of Widad and Wonder Woman!
The 99 officially reside here.
Here, here and here is some more information on The 99.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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