Representation in comics has rightly become a hot button issue in recent years, but one of the most important aspects of that representation is that people from all over the world have the space and ability to tell stories that reflect their culture and heritage.

With this in mind, gaming and media company NA3AM, or New Arab Media, has launched the Saudi Girls Revolution comics universe with Latifa, a dystopian young adult comic about a girl and her talking sword.

Latifa is part of an overarching project for the company known as Saudi Girls Revolution, which seeks to tell stories with female leads who are "not constrained by any religious or political status quo." Through video games and digital comics, NA3AM aims to tell relevant stories that also exist in a world with carnivorous baboons.

The story for Latifa is credited to NA3AM's founder Fahad Al Saud who also serves as creative director. Joining him is Stan Berkowitz, who fans might know from his work on the DCAU series of cartoons such as Batman Beyond and Justice League. The art for Latifa will be provided by Sam Pak, Gat Melvyn, Sebastian Navase, and cover artist Oscar Romer. Hopefully future titles from Saudi Girls Revolution will showcase female creators!

More information can be found at saudigirlsrevolution.com, and you can check out some preview images from Latifa below:

 

 

 

Here's some information on the title from NA3AM's press release:

 

 

Latifa
In the first comic from the Saudi Girls Revolution universe you will meet Latifa and Alfaisal, her talking sword.
A lone vigilante Latifa has no friends or family and only lives for one thing only… revenge.
The name Latifa means gentle or kind in Arabic.
Latifa Team
Creative Director / Story: Fahad Al Saud
An award winning entrepreneur and pioneer in the world of technology.
Former head of Facebook Arabic and executive producer of
Issa Rae’s “Awkward Black Girl”. Fahad is Founder & CEO of NA3AM.
WRITER: Stan Berkowitz
Stan Berkowitz is an Emmy award winning writer, known for his work on Superman (1996), Batman Beyond (1999) and Justice League (2008).
EDITOR: Rozan Ahmed
Brand strategist, writer and creative director.