By Danica Davidson
Bashir Bari, the star of “Silver Scorpion,” was created by twenty-six young people with disabilities while meeting at the Youth Ability Summit in Syria. The creators, a combination of Americans and Syrians, wanted to not only empower people with disabilities, but also to open up cultural connections. Thus this comic book superhero was born, but don’t just expect to see him on unmoving pages. A new webcomic version of the “Silver Scorpion” debuted earlier this week on MTV Voices, the international pro-social part of MTV.
The webcomic is a collaboration with MTV Voices, Liquid Comics and the Open Hands Initiative. In the short online episodes, we watch as Bashir starts out as an arrogant young man, but loses his legs and eventually becomes a superhero.
“This project is unique in the way it empowered students from across the world to be the architects of a new superhero that embodies their worldviews and the role models they would like to see,” said Sharad Devarajan, Co-Founder and CEO of Liquid Comics. “Working with these students was one of the most rewarding personal experiences I have ever known.”
So will comic books be the way for the world to communicate and get along? If the Silver Scorpion gets his way, it will. And you can never underestimate the power of a good story.