It seems Kamala Khan is getting a new partner in (fighting) crime – and he’s Muslim.
Hailing from Dearborn, Michigan, Fadi Fadlalah - better known by his superhero moniker Amulet, is the newest Arab-American superhero to join the Marvel Universe, set to make his debut in the latest edition of ‘Magnificent Ms. Marvel #13’.
The brainchild of Jordanian-American illustrator Sara Al-Fageeh, and Dearborn-native and writer for ‘Magnificent Ms. Marvel’, Saladin Ahmed, Amulet is described as “a fun, mysterious new character” with “powers [that] are magical in nature”.
When designing Amulet, Al-Fageeh wanted to pay homage to the superhero’s Arabian roots. She explained that, “[Saladin and I] talked about his defensive-style powers and how they tied into his background as a Lebanese kid. The blue and white color palette and the circular design were pulled from the Nazar, a symbol that pops up all over the Middle East that protects the wearer from the evil eye - the harmful intentions of others.”
“We tend to associate sharp corners and edges with evil, and rounded designs and circles with good. This character is a gentle giant, so I wanted to make sure that even with his size he was shaped like a friend!”
UHM. SOME NEWS. I designed the newest superhero for Ms. Marvel!
4 years ago reading Ms. Marvel vol 1 convinced me to become an illustrator. AMULET means so much to me as a nerdy lil Arab kid.
Thank you @saladinahmed for trusting me with him!https://t.co/XEhnS4JGyu pic.twitter.com/0Flozk99lK— Sara Alfageeh (@SaraAlfageeh) December 18, 2019
Al-Fageeh also took to Twitter to share her excitement at being involved with the creation of Amulet. “Four years ago, reading Ms Marvel vol 1 convinced me to become an illustrator. Amulet means so much to me as a nerdy lil Arab kid.”
Amulet now sits among an impressive array of mainstream Muslim superheros, the likes of DC Comics’ Lebanese-American Green Lantern, and Algerian-French Nightrunner.