‘X-men’ artist inserts political references into comic, and people are not pleased


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An Indonesian artist for Marvel snuck in several political and theological invokes into a recent X-Men Gold controversy and people noticed.

Ardian Syaf, that they had already worked on Batgirl and Superman/ Batman deeds for Marvel, had put in invokes to an ongoing political conflict in Indonesia.

The invokes, which appeared in the first issue of X-Men Gold exhausted last week, were quickly spotted by Indonesian readers. Many articulated their exasperation against Syaf.

In one of the comic panels, the numbers “2 12 ” are envisioned above a construct. In another, the phrase “QS 5:51 ” is etched on Colossus’ shirt.

Syaf has hitherto announced the “2 12 ” comic board on his Facebook page which has since been deleted.

The numerals relate to the current ongoing protests against Jakarta’s Christian Chinese governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, commonly referred to as Ahok.

Ahok is on trial after being accused of slandering the Quran in a September speech a charge he denies.

A mass rally was sustain against Ahok last year on Dec 2, or “2 12 “, after that speech.

Thousands brought together in objection of Ahok

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The phrase “5: 51 ” is in reference to a lyric in the Quran used by some Indonesians to state that non-Muslims shall not be required to employed politically in charge.

Syaf briefly announced an defense on his Facebook page, in which he stated that he was “not anti-Jew or Christian.”

This was later deleted from his sheet, but not before “its been” was arrested by netizens.

In a statement to ComicBook.com, Marvel holds the view that the artwork was put but said it was “without knowledge behind its reported meanings.”

The comic firm also said that the artwork would be “removed from subsequent publishings, digital editions and trade paperbacks”, adding that “disciplinary action” was being taken.

Mashable has reached out to Syaf and Marvel for comment.

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