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A comic about truth, justice, and the Islamic way: Muslim superheroes populate a new comic book designed to entertain – and serve a serious purpose

Date: April 25, 2007
Author: Megan A. Wong
QUOTE: In light of international uproar in 2005 over Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, a comic book about Muslim superheroes is sensitive terrain. The 99 is currently banned in Saudi Arabia, for example, because religious censors allege it attempts to give a face to God – something Islam absolutely prohibits. But al-Mutawa doesn't see The 99 as a comic about Islam so much as a culturally relevant way to inspire youth in a part of the world that doesn't get much positive press.

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