I can recall Marvel introducing ' Dust' to the X-Men. Clearly a Middle Eastern woman who if I had to guess based on her attire, is probably a Muslim woman and one of my absolute favorite X-Men characters. What I really liked about her was the fact that culturally, she was different from the other X-Men characters, and it was also a way for Marvel to introduce their reader-base to different cultures, and I have always wanted to see more of that. So you can only imagine how excited I was when I heard that DC comics would be releasing a brand new mini series where the Justice League teams up with ' The 99.'
'THE 99,' are an "award-winning original superhero group based on Islamic culture and history...The team of Superhero's...must collect 99 gems encrypted with the wisdom and power of the ancient Dar Al-Hikma library of Baghdad, which are spread across the globe."
I guess DC plans to expound the amount of cultural identity that they introduce to their characters! I feel like this is really a bold move, and it is seriously a fantastic approach to introducing American comic book readers not only to new comic characters from different countries, but different culture. Justice League fans will be able to explore Middle Eastern culture through the adventures of their favorite heroes, which I find just awesome. 'The 99,' is a Muslim super hero league with characters that originate through all different parts of Africa (North and South). 'The 99' books are written by Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa,and are about a and the team up that DC has prepared for the Justice League will be written by Fabian Nicieza. Nicieza is perfect for the book considering he's written for 'The 99' previously. DC has yet to inform us of a release date or who the artist for the mini series will be. However, I have to say I am pretty excited to check this out! Having studied Middle Eastern politics, and being as how I just love The JLA, I feel like they had me in mind when they conjured up this team up! How do you guys feel about introducing the Justice League characters to new characters from different cultures? Are you as excited as I am about how they (DC) will treat culture in comic books?