Growing up in a religious environment leaves a lasting impression, with people using religion as comfort or as justification. Believing in a higher power can provide a positive experience, but it can also become a prison. There are a variety of religious superheroes and Wolfsbane is a character that’s struggled with her faith. As a member of the X-Men, Rahne Sinclair’s mutant powers have conflicted with her religious beliefs. But over time she was able to reconcile who she was with what she believed in.
The brilliant thing about comics is the amount of representation that goes on among characters. The plights of different groups are shown through various superheroes. One of the most diverse comic characters is Monet St Croix, as she has an Algerian, Bosnian and French background. In addition, she is one of the few Muslim superheroes. M’s heritage has been used as a way to explore anti-Muslim hate in America. When combined with her identity as a mutant, M’s journey is relatable to a lot of people. Here’s why she’s worth knowing about.
Judaism is one of the world’s oldest religions, with many people practicing it in the modern day. Recently, I visited the Jewish Uprising and POLIN museums in Warsaw, which exposed me to the complex history of Jewish people. It made me think of how Jews are represented in comics, and it turns out there are many examples of the religion being treated with respect. There are characters that represent the traditions and resiliency of the Jewish faith. The Comic Vault is featuring four important Jewish characters to see how they are portrayed.