I agree that comics haven't done the best job in portraying the middle east, or "The East" in general. For the most part, Asia is often portrayed as an amalgamation of exoticized stereotypes. This is especially true for DC Comics since it inherited much of this attitude from the Golden Age where Arabs/Iranians/South Asians were depicted as turbaned bands of thieves and assassins roaming desert lands or as powerful, towering figures who often accompanied magicians and svengali characters, like Ra's Al Ghul's body guard Ubu or Zatara's man-servant Tong. And one doesn't need to look further than the cover of Detective Comics #1 (1937) and some choice issues of Captain America to see how East Asians were vilified. But, with the exception of 300 and Holy Terror! (because Frank Miller still thinks we're in 30s and 40s, I guess...), comics have improved vastly and appear to be getting more and more progressive.