Relaunched Green Lantern to be Muslim

Character is first of Arab descent to get power ring

Of course, Mr. Johns hopes Green Lantern fans accept Baz, who joins other humans who have been “chosen,” including Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner. The overall relaunch has been good for DC, which has seen a solid gain in sales and critical reception — as well as some expected grumbling — since coming out with the “New 52” last year.

Mr. Johns also sees the debut of Baz as a chance to reconnect with people in his home state: He’s scheduled to visit Dearborn this weekend for events related to the release that include a signing Saturday at a comic-book store and a free presentation Sunday on his career and characters at the Arab American National Museum. He worked with museum staff to make sure he got certain details right about his character and the Arab-Muslim community.

“It doesn’t completely define the character, but it shapes the character,” he said. “My biggest hope is that people embrace it and understand what we’re trying to do.”

Associated Press writer Matt Moore contributed to this report from Philadelphia.

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