Disabled Kids Let Their Imaginations Fly With Wheelchair-Bound Muslim Superhero

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Superhero Silver Scorpion has the ability to control metal. Credit: Liquid Comics / AP

Your legs were blown off by a land mine. However, you have been granted an extraordinary gift: You can have any superpower you wish.

What do you choose?

The answer for some disabled American and Syrian children confined to wheelchairs might surprise you. When asked to create their own superhero, they made him a character without legs. But none of them wanted to give him the power to walk, run, fly or otherwise overcome his handicap.

Instead, they gave "Silver Scorpion" the power to control metal.

When you think about it, that's a power that could come in awfully handy in a region where there is a lot of sharp metal flying about.

The website Techland.com reports the children were brought together in Damascus last month by the nonprofit Open Hands Initiative, an organization started by American businessman and philanthropist Jay T. Snyder last year to promote person-to-person understanding between the United States and the Muslim world.

The Silver Scorpion, whose adventures are scheduled to be published by Liquid Comics in November, is not the first handicapped superhero. Marvel Comics features the blind Daredevil and the wheelchair-bound Professor X. However, the Scorpion has another trait that is very unusual in the superhero world.

He's Muslim.

Techland reports that the adventures of Silver Scorpion, a young boy who loses his legs to a land mine before discovering his superpower, will be the first in a series of titles featuring international superheroes. Most of the characters are based on ideas from the same group of children.

Liquid Comics is known for its offbeat titles. Alternative medicine guru Deepak Chopra writes comics based on Buddha and the Hindu god Ganesha for the company, and, in a slightly less spiritual vein, former porn star Jenna Jameson has her own comic. Actor Nicolas Cage and his 17-year-old son, Weston, write a comic called "Voodoo Child."

Sharad Devarajan, co-founder and CEO of Liquid Comics, tells the Associated Press the book will be distributed in both Arabic and English -- with 50,000 copies going to Syria and other areas of the Middle East.

"The opening question we asked the kids was if you could have any superpower what would it be? I've asked that question in many different groups before and the typical answers are always the ones you'd expect -- flying, reading minds or being super strong," he tells the news service.

Devarajan says it was touching -- and telling -- that none of the children wanted a "cure" for the character's disability.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.