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Sunday, 10 June 2018

The superheroes fighting corruption, injustice in Egypt

Eat your heart out Marvel. Egypt’s superheroes are more direct and much less subtle. You don’t need to be a comic book geek to know that plenty of our favorite comic titles look to metaphorically address social issues, including racism (X-Men), colonialism (Black Panther), and the military industrial complex (Iron Man). Egypt’s superheroes are much less subtle with their approach. The six heroes featured in John Maher’s El3osba series represent not only elements of Ancient Egyptian culture and gods, but are also directly modelled around some of society’s ills, Al Monitor says. Take the character of Microbusgy, “a minibus driver who can control fire and dust,” and who is meant to represent Egypt’s poor. “We’re really hoping he adopts an orphan ward who ends up becoming his sidekick Sayes Boy,” said Maher. All kidding aside, this doesn’t look half bad. The team’s first comic book was released in 2015, with copies now available online for free.

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