It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s ‘The 99′

BY Arts Desk  March 20, 2009 at 5:13 PM EDT

It looks like an ordinary American comic book; heroes wear brightly colored costumes and use their bulging muscles to conquer the forces of evil. But look again — one of the superheroes is wearing a burka. These are superheroes from the Islamic world, part of ‘The 99’ comic book series, so named because it features characters who embody the 99 attributes of Allah. Kuwaiti businessman Naif al-Mutawa is its creator.