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Rama, Lakshman and Seeta flee through a secret route while the king of the region, Janak, prepares to fight Ravan. On the other hand a small faction of Armagarhian rebels led by the former prime minister Sumantra, aims to bring down the conspiracy revolving around the House of Suryavansha Rama's clan.
The sons of Dashrath are being eliminated one by one, systematically. Rama is exiled, Lakshman on the run, and Bharat lost in the battles of Khundgiri.
They find out the prime culprit Kalnemi, an Asura who is disguised as a councilor in Armagarh. Bharat is held in captivity deep below in the mines of Khundgiri. Sumantra, with his daughter and Shatrughan, release Bharat from his prison, and they all go to Armagarh to bring down Kalnemi and his cohorts.
Kalnemi is killed by Bharat and the valiant prince assumes the role of the first King of Armagarh, dissolving the corrupt council. Bharat vows that he will bring back Rama and crown him as the true king of Armagarh, until then he will rule over the great country.
The series is being rehashed after the first arc consisting of eight issues. The story continues after Rama, Lakshman and Seeta escape from Mithila and are teleported to the wastelands of the far north. Rama suffers from severe wounds and is at death's door. This new chapter will soon be collected in a trade paperback called 'Ramayan AD Reloaded: Tome of the Wastelands'. The characters' names were taken from original Ramayan to whom the links go , but the description and information about them is created by the story maker.
This adaptation of the ancient epic significantly changes the roles of many pivotal characters, which has been a tradition through ancient Indian literature. The spiritual themes of the ancient epic are in this case replaced by technological ones, often culminating in the same situations. This may reflect the classical Indian belief that the history of the universe repeats in cycles, eventually leading history to repeat itself in similar yet alien ways.
The series is being collected as a trade paperback:. Mandalay Pictures will be working on a film version, with Mark Canton producing the adaptation. Action sequences are more likely to prolong events in order to generate suspense.
Additionally, the flat compositions and bright monochromes of the ACK are gone. Instead, we find more realistic modeling of figures, extensive use of perspective, heavy shadow, and a darker color palette. For instance, in the opening pages of the first issue of Devi, demon general Iyam meets with Bala, the Dark Lord.
For older comics series online, see http: Indian mythology, Kapur assures us, is what will lend India its competitive advantage in the global narrative marketplace. Mazzarella , Everything is fluid, and everything is beautiful. For instance, while their Ramayana A. The nation emerges as that which must be transgressed by the cosmopolitan, but it also serves as the ground on which cosmopolitanism is to be articulated.
A core sequence in Devi, the comic described at the beginning of this article, expresses the tension between the global and the national in vis- ual and narrative terms. In the sequence, the mortal woman Tara Mehta is transformed into the goddess Devi. A priest injects her with soma, the divine elixir, and she enters a mystical coma, wherein a pantheon of gods bestows gifts upon her.
The sequence reworks the episode from the sixth- century Devi-Mahatmya in which the gods combine their several divine fires to form a fierce female warrior, the Devi Goddess Coburn , A multiethnic, multireligious bunch, they tell her that their kind has protected the world throughout history: When the Titans returned, we were there.
When the Mother Dragon awoke, emptying the seas, we were there. When the tentacled ones slith- ered across the ruins of Ilium, we were there.
We slew the great were-lion from the Savannah of eternal flame… Devi no. This chain of demon-slayers yokes together much of the world—Greece, China, East Africa— in a global sisterhood. But no matter where these goddess-women hail from, their animus is decidedly Indian: Next, Tara meets the full pantheon of gods.
The densely allusive texture of the comic places it firmly in the stratosphere of glo- bal Anglophone cultures, and it makes its cosmopolitan commitments clear; but the comic also ensures that its global heaven is ruled over by a man with a Sanskritic name Bodha. India rules supreme in the ethereal, immaterial realm of global exchange, and thus cosmopolitanism never quite escapes the constraints of national identity—indeed the return to national identity is precisely the point Devi no.
If this episode suggests an Indian modernity that can playfully assim- ilate world cultures into its own mythological framework, it also—and quite significantly—declines to mythologize the Indian nation beyond the fold of Hinduism.
There are no Muslims in the pantheon or anywhere in Devi, for that matter nor does this heaven seem open to Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Jews, or Parsis. My point here is not, of course, to denounce the comic, but only to point out that Devi enters into discursive structures that constrain the narrative possibilities open to it and that overdetermine the futures that it can forecast.
Dematerialized comics and the production of mythology In narrating its multinational heaven, the sequence described above not only mythologizes the fraught relation between the national and the glo- bal. It also implies that the realm of global exchange is an ethereal, imma- terial one.
To take her spiritual voyage, Tara must leave her body behind. Her newfound ghostly mobility allows her to thrill with the gods to the intercultural flows that define this comic book heaven and to collect the series of abstract gifts strength, beauty that will propel her narrative for- ward. Kapur here recycles a colonial stereotype with a hoary lineage. Since the s, however, the directionality of development has changed substan- tially.
And Kapur is not alone. Barton Scott that India is a source for creativity and great ideas, not just a back office to execute them more cheaply. Of course, in doing so, he also reaffirms existing hierarchies, specifically the preeminence of Hollywood studio chiefs as global tastemakers. As the national commodity enters world markets, these markets assume a political valence, becoming an agonistic field wherein nations contest for world supremacy by comic book proxy.
Far from being post-national or even transnational, the domain of global cultural flows here serves as the scene for the enactment an inter- national competition, which owes its basic shape to the statist legacies of imperialism and neo-imperialism.
Virgin steps up to champion India, just as South Korean, Chinese, and Taiwanese comics have for years contested the neo imperialist influence of Japan and America Lent , 3—5. Virgin is part of a multinational media conglomerate, and while its valorization of creative production does respond to discursive pressures put on postcolonial, liberalized India, it also does much more than this.
The comic book in particular has, in recent years, entered a new institutional constellation that has tended, in a sense, to dematerialize the form. While commercially successful films have increased the profile of the comic, they have also led some industry insiders to view comics as relevant only insofar as they can aid in the production of intellectual property I.
I became aware of this aspect of the industry during my meeting with Suresh Seetharaman. In our interview, he explained how Virgin conceives of the comics business.
He mentioned Lara Croft as a paradigmatic product for this business model. Seetharaman fur- ther explained why he values ideas over technical ability: As he speculated, if someone were to invent a computer that could visualize brilliant ideas through some sort of cerebral interface, human technical virtuosity would be rendered obsolete. In this fable of a virtual future, intellectual property emerges as the premier form of property.
Indeed, in a world where mate- rial production is relegated to the margins, intellectual property becomes, in an important sense, the only kind of property that matters.
Although Virgin is not alone in its effort to dematerialize comics, it has been identified as a leader of the trend. Since its corporate reorganization, Liquid Virgin has done even more to transfer its images out of comic books and onto its website. See http: Barton Scott comic book production, distribution, and consumption.
In recent years, with the rise of the graphic novel, comics have also taken on a less ephemeral form; Virgin, like other companies, now publishes bound multi-issue volumes with five issues per page book that suture serial cliffhangers together in a glossier, higher-quality, more expensive product. While such volumes may have a slightly wider distri- bution than disposable comic book issues, the quintessential outlet for both forms remains in the USA, at least the specialty comic book shop, with its distinctive sub-cultural clientele.
While comics fans might fancy themselves citizens of a renegade coun- terpublic, they also, of course, function as the niche market that sustains a global industry. Corporate executives have recently realized that these communities can serve an additional function by acting as focus groups for market research.
The comics industry, with its new position at the interstices of multiple media, thus aspires to bring the active consumption of its primary product back into the pro- duction process. The entire life cycle of the physical comic becomes one phase in the creation of abstract intellectual property.
In calling for a comic book modernity, Kapur deploys a rhetoric of radical rupture: While in its diegetic context the phrase denotes clairvoyance, I would suggest that it also signals a broader process at work in these comics. To remember the future implies a strange temporal paradox: This is science fiction as historical bricolage.
The Sadhu stages its conflict in colonial London and Bengal. Snake Woman brings colonial Bengal to twenty-first century Los on their ninth series in the US, yet both Oxford and Crosswords in Mumbai have not so much as heard of Virgin.
John Lent has noted that, throughout Asia, comics are generally an urban, middle class phenomenon. In some locations, rental shops provide access to readers with more limited buying power Lent , 7. This sort of temporal contradiction has a long history within Indian nationalist discourse, which has frequently figured the modern nation through appeals to a lost classical past.
The split- ting of the present by an ancient and alienating otherness is especially resonant in Devi. Barton Scott Angeles, where Jessica Peterson is consumed by the spirit of a vengeful snake deity. Her soul is hitched to the East India Company soldiers who massacred her village two centuries earlier and, reborn alongside her in every generation, are cursed to seduce and slaughter her in each of their eternal returns.
Particularly in the latter series, the karmic weight of the past overdetermines the present with all that forward-looking folk would rather disavow: On the face of it, Devi operates in a very different mode, seeming to cel- ebrate the continuities of the past in the present—Hindu heritage helps sanctify the sci-fi Indian future.
Indeed, both past and future become more stylish, more distinctive, more eminently marketable, due to the visual confusions between them. Half-decayed statuary peers out over orderly four-lane high- ways, while dense apartment blocks mimic Rajput havelis; ancient icons simulate cyborgs, and primordial foot-soldiers don gas masks and metal- lic body army.
Streetside fruit vendors, nightclub dance fiends, board- room executives, saffron-clad sadhus, and stray dogs all jostle for space in Sitapur. This fictional landscape heightens the much vaunted temporal and class disjunctures of contemporary urban India by rendering them in a mythological idiom.
The Goddess Devi herself is brought back to life to vanquish Bala, the fallen god whom she was created to kill millennia before. He has escaped from his hell-prison and is out again to conquer the world—Devi has to conquer him, repressing the eruption of this supernat- ural atavism.
Unbeknownst to her, she will be aided by the secret agents of the mysterious Cabinet of Shadows, an alliance of humans determined to rid the world of all supernatural beings. Their mission: The late modern mystic East, as instantiated by Virgin, plies narratives that unfold from a contradictory double imperative to remember and to forget, to promote the gods and to promise to banish them forever. This grammatical continuity, however, obscures the risk involved in self-sacrifice: The process of becoming is a process of becoming other, of becoming not-self.
Virgin thus finds itself bound by a double imperative, or, perhaps more precisely, by several intersecting double imperatives: Barton Scott she becomes will be a different person—a goddess, perhaps, or a super- heroine, but not the same person who did the sacrificing.
Tara, however, refuses to be sacrificed; and so, in effect, she insists on her ability to be both woman and goddess, self and other. Her story unfolds from this split subjective position, its heroine always alien unto herself.
As the cover indicates, "The epic journey begins here. Sounds like hyperbole, right? And how could the journey "begin" in the second volume of the series? I'm not completely sure, but having read only this current volume, I know the journey does truly begin here. I know editor Ron Marz had something to do with it. And even though this book is identified as "Volume 2," it's the first collection of the "Reloaded" series which apparently redirected the "Ramayan AD" concept into a more elegant and imaginative direction.
But don't skip this one, because, as Marz says in his foreword, "it's part of who we are. The ancient "Ramayana," an essential text in Hinduism, follows the same pattern as other mythological quest stories. It's the story of humanity. On the small scale, it's our story each day as we go out into the world, facing tests and trials before returning home at night. And, on the larger scale, it's the story of our lives, as we leave our parents and make our way in the harsh, uncertain world.
The central story of the series is this: Rama, the favorite son and great warrior, his beloved Seeta, and his younger brother Lakshman must survive their journey through the Wasteland in a vaguely post-apocalyptic future. It's a vision of the future that's part Frank Herbert's "Dune," part "Judge Dredd," and part insane grizzly bear bounty hunters and three-headed mutants.