Sep 12

Jinn Warriors in the Devil’s War

Jinn warriors Ameena, Haredi and Metellus join forces in a supernatural dimension, parallel but hidden, to take on the devil and save humanity. Each of these characters has endured a life that might seemingly make them mortal enemies with each other. However, they find the way ahead is one of unity against a common foe.

The creative lead behind the fantasy graphic novel series Jinn Warriors is Canadian Marwan El-Nasher, born in Cairo, Egypt.

El Nasher was also behind AK-Comics in the early 2000s. AK-Comics featured a time-travelling Pharoah as one of its leading superhero characters. This was a first in the world of comics: Middle Eastern superheroes.

Before there were jinn

After moving to Toronto in 2007, El Nasher was keenly pursuing his writing career in comics and graphic novels. And much deliberation, experimentation and creativity, Warriors was born. “I was playing around with the idea of three heroes from completely different backgrounds that would seemingly be enemies, but would have to become united against a greater enemy.”

Dærick Gröss was his Editor In Chief then, and now he and El Nasher are working together again on this latest series Jinn Warriors. The first issue is titled The Devil’s War.

Queen Ameena

The Pharonic Queen Ameena who helped Moses during the Exodus.

Father of the Jinn

El Nasher talks to us from Detroit, Michigan, where he is currently looking into distribution.

He begins by describing what Jinn are, talks about the background to the tale and how he came up with the story-arc.

According to Islamic scripture says El Nasher, the jinn are creatures that were created after angels and given free will, “Satan is considered father of the jinn, and there are good jinn and bad jinn.”

The series begins with the creation of the universe and concludes, at the very end, with the end of the world.

Bringing the Jinn Warriors to Life

When I ask how the artwork came together, El Nasher describes the, “Very challenging” process. It began by looking for local talent in Toronto and getting some initial drawings done. It included raising funds in a time of global recession and social revolution throughout the Middle East. And then relocating to Indonesia and getting the bulk of the art done in Bandung—described by many as Indonesia’s cultural and artistic centre.

He moved to Bandung for the comic and stayed there until the artwork was finished, for some six months, a timeframe that El Nasher is extremely pleased with.

He ends this part by thanking his mentor Dærick Gröss.

The future of the Jinn

The future prospects for El Nasher and his creations are exciting ones. Graphic novel spin-offs of Jinn Warriors, video game licensing and potentially a six part movie saga are all on the cards.

“In the gaming industry … there is much interest in such characters in a fantasy world,” says El Nasher. “With movies [these days] I see on the one hand a lot of interest in religious epics … on the other I see the superhero industry which is amazingly huge. I think that sooner or later people are going to tire a little and demand something new. This is where I hope the jinn concept will step in.”

El Nasher closes by underlining his belief in humanity and the message behind Jinn Warriors, “We have a lot more in common as humans than we have differences. We are not each other’s enemy … the enemy, being Satan, just seeks to divide and conquer and turn us against each other.”

Many thanks to Marwan El Nasher for his time, and I look forward to meeting with him again in the future, and possibly even reviewing his the issue.

Wael Elazab