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Superheroes of Faith

WIsuperheroes.jpgThey're caped, but you wouldn't call them crusaders. The 99 is a comic book created by Dr Naif Al-Mutawa, to give the world DC Comics-style superheroes with Islamic values. Each of The 99, dispersed throughout the world, has a different superpower, reflecting the 99 attributes of Allah.
Noorah (pictured), for example, has the 'ability to see the light of truth in others', and to make them see it in themselves. 50 of the 99 are women, five of who wear burqas.

'I needed to find a way to take back Islam from its hostage takers,' explains Mutawa. 'I would go back to the very sources from which others took violent and hateful messages and offer messages of tolerance and peace in their place. I would give my heroes a Trojan horse in the form of The 99. Islam was my Helen. I wanted her back.'

Begun in 2007, The 99 has now been embraced by DC Comics themselves, who are publishing a series of crossover comics, in which the 99 join forces with the Justice League of America, which includes Superman, Batman and Wonderwoman. Whether Wonderwoman will be asked to cover up has not been announced.