Breaking the Superhero Stereotype

This article I stumbled upon talks about how Jay Snider is creating a new comic super hero series. The only catch is that the protagonist will be depicted as a Muslim boy in a wheelchair. What message is he really trying to convey? That there are everyday superheroes? Or is he pushing it too far, and crossing the line ethically here?

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/39367509/ns/us_news-life/

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 Carly Topazio

2 Comments to Breaking the Superhero Stereotype

masonm
September 29, 2010

Interesting. This guy and Oracle (Barbara Gordon) are the only two people I’ve ever found who work as superheroes and use wheelchairs.

I don’t think that this guy is pushing too far, as long as he doesn’t rely on “Muslim” and “wheelchair” as the only personality traits this character has. Hopefully, he doesn’t.

Tommy Wang
October 3, 2010

This is a really bold approach to comics. It seems like its trying to improve Middle East-US social relations in a small way. Also, its rather refreshing to see the superhero comic type to expand to be more inclusive. The idea is really interesting and something that I would be interested in. From the NBC article it seems like religion isn’t going to be a driving force of the comic, but rather tolerance and diversity seems to of greater importance.