After the Cold War, villains in comics (and the entertainment industry generally) had names like Mikhail and Ivanovic. But around the 1980s there was a shift. The names of villains changed to to Ahmad and Mostafa and the colour of their skin became brown.
The depiction of Arabs and other people of colour as villains or stereotypes of themselves unfortunately continue to this day. Particularly in the world of comic books, graphic novels and their live action TV shows and film adaptations, we see that the settings and and characters have been limited to either the West or the Far East.
Basically, it just doesn’t feel real.
However over the last decade or so, things have been slowly changing. While are seeing more diverse characters and settings across different mediums of story telling, there is still a long way to go.
But to start you off on what to read from the world of graphic novels, here are ten graphic novels based and about the Arab world.