It's hard to turn a blind eye to the racial and religious tensions that plague the world today, especially when the spotlight sits heavy on the American people. Diversity and acceptance are a hot topic in comics that range as far back as the creation of the X-Men, to today's new heroes, such as Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel. So, when an anti-Islamic group began posting hateful and dangerous propaganda regarding Muslims in San Francisco, an outspoken comic book fan used the new heroine to fight back.
The ads likened Muslims and practitioners of Islam to Hitler's Nazis, and was posted in San Francisco, which is easily one of the most liberal cities in the US. Talk about not knowing your target audience!
Ms. Marvel debuted last February to an uproarious reaction - for the most part, fans were overjoyed at the prospect of a young, Pakistani-American superheroine that continued the legacy of pilot Carol Danvers, as the ace pilot had filled the shoes of her former mentor as Captain Marvel.
Despite any push back, Kamala was given a warm welcome by the wallets of many fans (to the point where the comic needed a 6th run of printing), and the first volume of the new Ms. Marvel graphic novel was Marvel's top selling digital title in October.
Despite your political leanings, it's always wonderful to see superheroes being used for good. From stamping out racism to raising awareness for disability, it's been incredible to see just how much fictional superheroes now influence our ongoing culture, and the good that comes from cartoon capes.