Y’know, I usually don’t talk too much religion on this blog — perhaps it’s the Jewish holidays that are bringing it to the fore for me (so happy belated 5770 to my fellow Red Sea pedestrians) — but G. Willow Wilson has a really interesting look about Islam and comics over at Broken Frontier.
Here’s a highlight from the article:
We talked about AIR, and he asked whether I’d gotten any push-back from conservatives. This is our polite way of saying threats from fundamentalists. I told him I’d heard a little grumbling, primarily about Blythe’s skirt. Her premarital relationship too, but mostly the skirt. It came as a surprise to me—here I thought I was starting a conversation about whether or not it’s acceptable to use pagan symbols to make a point about monotheism. Was anybody concerned by the giant winged serpent that shows up in almost every issue? Nope, just the skirt.
It’s really fascinating stuff, especially once she starts talking about Teshkeel Media’s The 99, a superhero team series I got to read a few years ago via a close friend at Los Angeles’ Levantine Cultural Center. Click here to read the rest of the column — it’s definitely worth reading.