Monday, March 28, 2011

Who's Dat: Muhammad X

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Real Name: Unknown
Occupation: Vigilante
Marital Status: Unknown
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Harlem, New York
Height: 6'3*
Weight: 225 lbs.*
Eyes: Unknown
Hair: Black
First Appearance: Superman #179 (April, 2002)

Departing from his psychiatrist's office, Superman happened upon an armed robbery suspect fleeing the scene of the crime. His efforts were ridiculed by local militant black hero Muhammad X. "Just what is Superman doing in Harlem?" Muhammad X didn't believe the Man of Steel cared about his people, and though he was only interested in seeing more of the "right kind" of hero. "I took the names of my two heroes. --Don't pretend you know anything about me. I took those names proudly and to honor men who have done more for the black cause than I could ever hope to. Who did you take your name from?"

Muhammad X sent Superman packing, giving the Man of Steel feet of clay regarding the effect he has on African Americans by being such a powerful and omnipresent white metahuman. Consulting with Natasha Irons and the Star-Spangled Kid, Superman found the younger generation approved of Muhammad X.

A few days after a pep talk from the Martian Manhunter, Superman returned to Harlem to confront Muhammad X, who was unswayed by the Kryptonian's protestations that he also faced prejudice as an alien and sought brotherhood with all mankind.

"Let me spell it out for you. We don't have any super-powered mad scientists, giant robots or aliens trying to take over this neighborhood. Nobody like that would want to."

Created by: Jeph Loeb and Ariel Olivetti


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