ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 88: Marvel’s Muslim Superheroes – Ms. Marvel, Monet St. Croix, and Dust

Before we get into the specifics of this podcast on Marvel Muslim superheroes, first, some context:

It’s not a secret. Anyone born after 1978 likely cannot recall a time in American politics as divisive as now.

During the Reagan years, I was a child, blissfully unaware of most of the world around me. I remember Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman in American politics to have a clear shot at the White House as Vice President with her running mate, Walter Mondale, former Vice President under President Jimmy Carter. I remember the day the Challenger exploded on its maiden voyage. I remember the rise of A.I.D.S. and the Reagan administration’s avoidance in declaring the spread of HIV a crisis, something that indirectly caused the virus to infect millions more.

The cultural divide of the American landscape, of the collective psyche of America as a nation-state, was always at odds with itself, the teetering threat of the aforementioned divide becoming an uncrossable chasm constantly looming over our heads as it continues to this today. Looking back, I never could have imagined what would become of us. While a second American Civil War is hardly imminent, at times, I wonder if the preservation of the Union during the first American Civil War was the right choice given how much we seem to have grown to hate one another.

Perhaps the rise of social media and the technology necessary to democratize different people from all extremes of the political spectrum amplifies the sour sound of the voices of hatred? The calls to despise our neighbor, to think of them as people who “just don’t get it” or with evil or selfish intentions never have sung as loudly as they do now. Any environment containing this much enmity is a breeding ground for scapegoatism, a fertilizer that, when operating from our rage, makes it easy to point a finger outside of our house and into yours.

READ: ComicsVerse’s culture section discusses the damage normalizing the American alt-right can do!

Why Bother Discussing Marvel Muslim Superheroes?

Marvel Muslim Superheroes Kamala Khan, Monet St. Croix, and Sooraya Qadir Dust

Marvel Muslim Superheroes. From left to right: Monet St. Croix aka M, Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, and Sooraya Qadir as Dust. Images courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

At this moment in America, two distinct groups of people seem to be the victims of our inability to cope with our own disagreements: Muslims and illegal immigrants.

Those arriving at this article from a different perspective need to know I am not pretending there aren’t people causing harm who are Muslim or immigrants. Rather, what I ask for is a mere reality check, a refreshing of one’s self of the factual data, something that isn’t agreed on anymore that, additionally, seems to no longer carry value.

While the cause of illegal immigration is a close one to me, being of Hispanic descent, the focus of ComicsVerse’s 88th Podcast is Marvel Muslim superheroes. Through the newly elected Donald Trump, The United States of America recently issued its second travel ban targeted at predominantly Muslim nations. The travel ban prevents Muslims from certain countries from traveling to America.

The conservative think tank, the Cato Institute, performed a study, the results of which can be found here. Allow me to skip to the end: “[the Cato Insitute] compiled a list of foreign-born people who committed or were convicted of attempting to commit a terrorist attack on U.S. soil from 1975 through 2015.” The total tally of that number equals zero. Yes, zero people from the countries Trump banned from entering the United States committed an act of terror on our soil.

Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel is a Marvel Muslim Superhero.

The first issue of MS. MARVEL #1 sees Kamala Khan tempted to eat pork. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The executive order behind the travel ban will prevent families from seeing one another. It will keep the best and brightest minds of these countries from American universities that sorely need their skill sets. Moreover, the travel ban is ethically wrong, and we, the American people, have given birth to it simply because it’s easier to point the finger elsewhere and blame others for our figuratively insurmountable border wall that keeps people, who normally would get along and come to a workable agreement, hating one another.

In NEW X-MEN: ACADEMY X #39, Dust, a Marvel Muslim superhero, invokes Allah's name as she prepares to take on a demon in Limbo.

In NEW X-MEN: ACADEMY X #39, Dust invokes Allah’s name as she prepares to take on a demon in Limbo. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

I’ve always remained open about my past, and there are numerous articles on this website that speak to that truth, my truth. I’ve, personally, been a scapegoat before. I know how it feels to have done nothing wrong and be blindsided by the ugly recesses of humanity when I was only trying to live my life free of discrimination. That knowledge is why we chose to focus on Marvel Muslim superheroes. To our surprise and delight, the panel on this podcast consisting of ComicsVerse editor Jamie Rice, writer A. Chowder, Marvel editor for ComicsVerse Kat Vendetti, Marvel Editor for ComicsVerse Alex Bisignaro, writer Anika Hossain, with special guests Amna Pervez, Jose Robledo, podcast veteran Nolan Bensen and myself as host, the three most compelling Marvel Muslim superheroes are strong and diverse, three-dimensional women. Each deserves a podcast in her own right.

LISTEN: Want more women of Marvel? Last episode we discussed our favorite X-Men women!

Before the focus of our conversation became Marvel Muslim superheroes Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, Sooraya Qadir/Dust, and Monet St. Croix/M, we took it upon ourselves to do some research. We felt an obligation, before discussing the internal lives of these characters and what connotates their “Muslimness,” to dispell a bevy of American myths surrounding Islam. As three panelists on our panel know, as former and current practitioners of Islam, the world can often use a reminder of the truth behind the stereotype and just what a minuscule portion of Islam it is that poses any sort of threat to the western world’s way of life.

In X-FACTOR #217, Monet tells Strong Guy she is a Marvel Muslim superhero.

In X-FACTOR #217, Monet St. Croix tells Strong Guy she is Muslim. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

As we dissected each Marvel Muslim superhero, the same questions arose over and over. Is this character authentic? Do they purport any negative stereotypes? What makes us able to determine any of this at all? The conversation, both illuminating and intense, was one of my favorite podcast moments at ComicsVerse.

Despite moments of utter silliness and banter between friends and colleagues, we never lose sight of our goal: raising awareness of a self-perceived flaw in the consciousness of the people of the United States of America and the west; finding out what exactly it is that motivates three incredible characters created by Marvel; and just how far their efforts have come, as a publishing company, for Marvel Muslim superheroes to serve as a beacon of anti-discrimination and hope for all the young Muslim women and men who read their comics.

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The Grawlix Podcast #41: Neo Steam Cyber Clone Punk

It’s the second 3rd anniversary episode of the Grawlix Podcast! The G-Crew put down the comics to talk about the original 1995 anime ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and more.

Show Notes and Links
INTRO
00:00:00 – Intro/Greetings
IN-HOUSE NEWS
00:01:08 – Our 2nd 3rd anniversary episode, 1996 – the future, and clones.
FEATURE TOPIC
00:08:32 – Ghost in the Shell (1995 Anime)
TV/MOVIE TALK
00:48:31 – Dragonball Z and anime series delays.
00:53:50 – Arrival and plot twists.
00:58:10 – Netflix’s House of Cards
OUTRO
01:02:46 – Letters Page (Contact Us!), Next Episode Topic
01:05:44 – Outro

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Back with Peter Bagge

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:25 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:45 – Interview with Peter Bagge
  • 01:35:33 – Wrap up
  • 01:37:22 – Contact us

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“Forever on the horizon, never out of sight”

The Two Guys are pleased to have Peter Bagge back on The Comics Alternative. His new book Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story comes out this week from Drawn and Quarterly. It is another in Bagge’s recent series of historical and biographical comics, following his brief biography of Isabel Paterson (appearing in Reason in 2010), Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story (2013), and Founding Father Funnies (2016). In this interview, Derek talks with Peter about the genesis of this project, what brought him to the writings and personality of Huston, the socio-political contexts surrounding Hurston’s work, and his research efforts in compiling the graphic biography. Fire!! is, in many ways, a companion piece to Woman Rebel, in that both focus on iconoclastic female figures, and their stories are told through an episodic, almost snap-shot, manner of narration. Although Peter and Derek spend the majority their time discussing Zora Neale Hurston, they also cover some of Peter’s other works, such as his Founding Father Funnies collection, last year’s Neat Stuff boxed set, and the possibilities of a similar treatment with Hate and other Bradley family stories.

Be sure to check out Peter Bagge’s other appearances on The Comics Alternative:

Deconstructing Comics #539: “Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia”

Captain Marvel

Brian W. Cremins, author of Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia, discusses the Big Red Cheese as a symbol for the innocence of childhood and how creators Otto Binder and C.C. Beck expressly used the character we know as “Shazam” to explores these themes.

Cremins also discusses with Emmet O’Cuana the use of nostalgia, both in the original Fawcett comic books and in our remembering of the series, drawing on the theories of Svetlana Bohm and the writing of W.G. Sebald. In this wide-ranging discussion, Cremins addresses the Fawcett v National trial, Binder’s science fiction career, Alan Moore’s “Marvelman”, and the casting of The Rock in the upcoming “Shazam” movie.

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Weekly Comics Spotlight #500: 2017-03-08

John and Drew discuss BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #8 by DC, MAN-THING #1 by Marvel and NANCY DREW/HARDY BOYS # by DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT.

Time Codes:
00:00 Intro
00:44 DC: BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #8
12:24 Marvel: MAN-THING #1
21:29 Other: NANCY DREW/HARDY BOYS # [DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT]
32:39 General discussion
40:55 Next Week Promo
41:05 Wrap up
41:35 End of episode.

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