Superman #712 story is cancelled. Yeah you heard right, the story that has been solicited for three months as part of the “Grounded” story arc is canceled , and DC’s only comment on the subject is that:
“This fill in issue contains a lost classic, Lost Boy: A Tale of Krypto the Superdog, set shortly after Superboy died in Infinite Crisis and Superman went missing. DC Comics determined that the previously solicited story did not work within the ‘Grounded’ storyline. However, Chris Roberson, will be back for the final two issues of Superman’s year long walk across America. As we near the conclusion, catch up with Superman next month as he makes stops in Portland and Newberg, OR.”
Now for those of you unfamiliar with planned story for this issue, here is a quick rundown. Superman travels to Los Angeles to help out a shunned new superhero, Sharif, whose Muslim identity makes the public reject his help. Superman challenge for this comic was to see if he could quell a prejudiced people or admit defeat that there are some problems the Man of Steel can’t solve. This interesting topic is relatable to our times and would really hit home with America’s continued prejudice of the Muslim community. Comics Alliance writer, Chris Sims, brings up many valid points on the reasons for this issues cancellation being shady.
“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.
Hydropolis, situated twenty metres below the surface of the Persian Gulf near Dubai, will be the first luxury underwater hotel. It’s expected to open to the public in late 2009.
One of the largest contemporary construction projects in the world [it’s the size of London’s Hyde Park], the 220 suite
“Dry Land is not a myth!! I’ve seen it!!!”
Seriously, this place is a Sci Fi futuroso’s dream. Cool looking, comtemporary, and completely brilliant innovative architecture. Should be fun, beautiful and a life changinging experience…
But I digress…Sorry.. Dubai? COME ON!!!! Thats the last Hotel I want Muslims to blow up on me! If the blast doesn’t kill me, the water flooding in will. Did anyone see Jaws 3-D? Or Deep Blue Sea? This is my nightmare, like being trapped in a submarine that doesn’t go anywhere. I’m surprised the Carribbean hasn’t built one yet.