I’m kinda sorta into comic books although not like how I used to be. The only title I read regularly now is DMZ, which is pretty different from my Superman comics now stored in the garage. However, I may just have to start picking up some Batman comics because there’s an actual honest-to-God, bona fide Muslim hero featured in a couple of issues.
As part of the Batman, Inc storyline, in which Bruce Wayne revealed that he had been financing Batman all these years and plans to create a Batman franchise around the world, the French hero Nightrunner is chosen by Batman to be the franchise’s operative in France. Nightrunner is actually… wait for it… 22-year old Bilal Asselah, a French-Algerian Muslim. Fortunately, a Muslim hero in American comics purported to be France’s savior is being met with open arms, as detailed in this article by Comics Alliance titled Racists Totally Freak Out Over Muslim ‘Batman of Paris’.
Regardless of the expected racist diatribes, I just want to say that it’s pretty cool that Muslims have a presence in such a mainstream comic book. Although this isn’t the first occurrence of Muslims in comics (check out The 99 by Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa and also Cairo and Air by Muslim American G. Willow Wilson), another positive Muslim character, a hero no less, can’t hurt.