Comic Belief

By Eleanor Smith
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Naif al-Mutawa


Jami (Miklos Szekelyhidi, Hungary), a child prodigy and engineering genius, is able to see the blueprints and foundations of any machine, real or hypothetical.
Eleanor Smith talks with Naif al-Mutawa, creator of The 99
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Naif al-Mutawa

Musawwira (Abena "Liza" Dagate, Ghana) suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder until a magic gemstone gives her the power to create order out of chaos.


Eleanor Smith talks with Naif al-Mutawa, creator of The 99
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Naif al-Mutawa

Widad (Hope Mendoza, the Philippines) is a relief worker who uses her superpowers to get funding for philanthropic projects.


Eleanor Smith talks with Naif al-Mutawa, creator of The 99
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Naif al-Mutawa

Sami (Nizar Babikr, Sudan) is a mute boy who possesses not only superhuman hearing but the ability to amplify sounds for others to hear.


Eleanor Smith talks with Naif al-Mutawa, creator of The 99
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Naif al-Mutawa

Hadya (Amira Khan, England) is a Pakistani-British girl who can map out any location with her internal GPS.


Eleanor Smith talks with Naif al-Mutawa, creator of The 99
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Naif al-Mutawa

Jabbar (Nawaf Al Bilali, Saudi Arabia), once a skinny teenager, now has the power to expand his body mass and resist physical damage.


Eleanor Smith talks with Naif al-Mutawa, creator of The 99
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Naif al-Mutawa

Darr (John Weller, USA) suffers a personal tragedy and later develops the ability to remotely inflict pain on any living being.


Eleanor Smith talks with Naif al-Mutawa, creator of The 99
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Naif al-Mutawa

Fattah (Toro Ridwan, Indonesia), initially a dishwasher in a restaurant, is able to open instant gateways to any location in the world.


Eleanor Smith talks with Naif al-Mutawa, creator of The 99
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Naif al-Mutawa

Noora (Dana Ibraham, United Arab Emirates), a wealthy girl who is kidnapped and buried alive, discovers her ability to emit powerful blasts of blinding light.


Eleanor Smith talks with Naif al-Mutawa, creator of The 99
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Naif al-Mutawa

Mumita (Catarina Barbossa, Portugal) is a runaway teen in an illegal fight club when she gains the power of invulnerability.


Eleanor Smith talks with Naif al-Mutawa, creator of The 99

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2010/04/comic-belief/38816/