Teshkeel's The 99 seems like a very ambitious project. In part this is because it delves into the mystical side of Islam, and does so very boldly. And then there's the fact that it's projected to actually have 99 superpowered characters. Chris Claremont could have a nervous breakdown!
I understand Broken Mystic's criticism of AK's approach, but I have some cavils with it.
Pictured above is “Jalila: Protector of The City of All Faiths” who appears in AK Comics, founded by Dr. Ayman Kandeel. Not to sound too negative in my introduction of Jalila and the other female super-heroine, “Aya: Princess of Darkness,” but the images and roles of women in Kandeel’s comics are not an improvement from what we typically see in mainstream American comic books. Unlike “The 99,” the writers and artists for AK Comics seem to be more concerned with drawing voluptuous women rather than focusing on character development and original storylines. In fact, the image you see posted above is rare to find since censors in Egypt have now colored Jalila’s exposed stomach with a lighter shade of blue. You can still see the details on her stomach, but I guess the added colors from the censors make her look like she’s wearing an undershirt, therefore less “exposed.” Yeah, like that changes the way she’s being depicted.
Thing is, when I see this image:
I don't think "voluptuous female," I think "cool hood ornament." This kind of body is just too obviously fake to do much for me. And that's a tradeoff artists and editors are fully aware of. For one thing, the target market of teenage boys is not really so choosy. For another, accurate anatomy of women or of men takes a backseat to drawing kickass fight scenes.
Which is not to say that all the habits AK is picking up from American comics are good ones. A lot of American comics kinds suck. But it's good that the Arab world has some competition in this field. Hopefully this means these two companies will be trying to outsmart each other.