A new comic titled Vimanarama went on sale in the UK last week featuring a young British Asian as the main character. Ali, a stylish youngster in Bradford, goes on a mission to save the world along with his bride-to-be Sofia. More from Tina Sharma:
"The comic book series is illustrated by Phil Bond and written by British author George Morrison. The latter, a major name in comic writing, has a 25 year career that includes writing stories for X-Men, Batman and Superman comics.
Morrison says he made every attempt to ensure that the main Pakistani hero and heroine were realistic. So whilst characters include devout women who adorn headscarves, there are also those with a more liberal attitude dressed in jeans and t-shirts.
In an interview with comics website Newsarama, Morrison claims that inspiration for the sci-fi love story came after he began reading about Islam in the aftermath of 9/11, in an attempt to "comprehend the world's political and religious situation a little more clearly."