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Although the teachings of Islam inspired the series, none of the characters pray or read the Koran in the series - something Mr. al-Mutawa chose not to highlight so that the series would more easily appeal to children across the religious spectrum. Only one character, named Batima the Hidden, wears a burqa.

Mr. al-Mutawa compares his characters to popular American superheroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, all archetypal, moral figures who fight for common values like truth and justice. And soon enough, his characters will appear alongside those well-known heroes. DC Comics announced last week they are beginning to collaborate with “The 99” for a joint miniseries.

• Amanda Carpenter can be reached at acarpenter@washington