Frontline has posted part of a documentary about The 99, a big-deal comic book about teenaged Muslim superheroes (feel free to sing that to the TMNT song) who draw their powers from the 99 attributes of Allah. Creator Naif al-Mutawa came up with the series with the goal of giving Arab Muslim kids their own team of capes, as well as winning the hearts and minds of Westerners with a modern image of Islam. If only we could institute some kind of comic book exchange program...western kids read The 99, and Arab kids read...um...what's an positive, values-laden American comic book? Archie? Blankets?
The documentary is currently in production, directed by Isaac Solotaroff.
- Watch the Video: Kuwait: The 99
- 01/06 NY Times Story: Comics To Battle for Truth, Justice, and the Islamic Way
- The 99 - Official Site