When the DC universe of superheroes was reintroduced last year one of the commitments from the company was diversity. Cyborg, a black hero, was promoted to the Justice League; Bunker, a new Teen Titan, is Mexican and gay; and female or minority-group characters were the headliners in many series.
DC is continuing that push with the introduction of Simon Baz, an Arab-American from Michigan, who finds himself wearing a Green Lantern power ring. His story unfolds in issue No. 0 of “Green Lantern,” which is part of a monthlong zero-issue event from DC Comics, that promises to shed light on the new back stories of its heroes. “Green Lantern” is written by Geoff Johns, who drew upon his own Lebanese ancestry and Michigan roots for the character. “This is such a personal story,” Mr. Johns told The Associated Press. On Saturday, Mr. Johns will make an appearance at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Mich., to discuss the character and his career.