“The Silver Scorpion” is the newest fictional Muslim superhero to get a comic. A Muslim boy who lost his legs in a landmine accident, he also has the power to control metal with his mind.
Professor Xavier and Magneto as one. Can we say X-Men rip off? A legless Muslim? Lets face it, his only real power is pity (was that too insensitive?).
Now, who is responsible for this Mecha from Mecca? Well, it’s actually a sappy story. It was from the mind of children. See, after U.S. philanthropist and businessman Jay T. Snyder was inspired by President Barack Obama’s effort to reach out to the Muslim world (in his 2009 inaugural address) Snyder flew 12 disabled Americans to Damascus to meet a group of disabled young Syrians, and one of their main goals was to come up with ideas and story lines for a new superhero. And, “The Silver Scorpion” was what they came up with. Gee, most kids are selfish pricks that dream of the usual “I wanna fly, or be super strong, or be invisible”. These tykes looked at their disabilities as a sign of empowerment, not of weakness and used it for inspiration. Imaginative and inspiring little bastards, aren’t they?
The superhero’s appearance has not been finalized, but he will remain a Muslim boy in a wheelchair. So, does that mean his #1 enemy will be stairs? (OK, I even I shook my head at that one). “The Silver Scorpion” will eventually be part of Sharad Devarajans Liquid Comics line, which will also include other characters and stories from these kids imagination.