New Comic Hero: Muslim Boy in Wheelchair

Silver Scorpion the brainchild of disabled US, Syrian kids
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2010 10:34 AM CDT
New Comic Hero: Muslim Boy in Wheelchair
The "Sliver Scorpion," a new Muslim superhero who loses his legs in a landmine accident and must come to terms with his disability while learning to use his newfound power to fight for justice.   ((AP Photo/Liquid Comics, L.L.C.) NO SALES)

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... well, this time it's something a bit different: The latest comic-book hero will be a wheelchair-bound Muslim boy who lost his legs in a landmine accident, reports the AP. The Silver Scorpion began to take shape when a US philanthropist, inspired by President Obama's outreach to the Muslim world, gathered a group of disabled American and Syrian kids to talk storylines.

When the kids were asked what superpower they'd want, no one asked that their disability be cured: "They were empowered by their own disabilities, and they should not be seen as a source of weakness," says the co-founder of Liquid Comics. The Silver Scorpion hasn't taken final shape yet, but will likely have the power to control metal with his mind. The comic is set to launch in English and Arabic.
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