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nenena ([personal profile] nenena) wrote2010-12-29 12:50 am

Oh Grant Morrison. Is there anything you won't relate to Batman?

18 Days is available on Amazon for a sweet discounted price of only $17 for a hardcover edition with 120 pages of Mukesh Singh artgasm. A 47-page preview is available for free on Scribd.

I am looking forward to enjoying the Mukesh Singh artwork almost as much as I am looking forward to laughing really, really hard at the "Grant Morrison writes about the Mahabharata" sections of the book. Actual quotes from the preview pages:

"Arjuna's name means Self-control." Except for how it doesn't.

On Nakula and Sahadeva: "Sahadeva is the slightly older, quieter one." Okay, I know there's some variation, but don't most versions of the epic have Sahadeva as the second-born twin? In the Critical Edition Kunti specifically says that she's the most fond of Sahadeva because he's the youngest. "He's the brooding, super-intelligent, responsible half of the warrior pair. The Johnny Depp to Nakula's Brad Pitt, if you will. The Batman to Nakula's Superman." He's WHAT?!

Oh, and Abhimanyu is "the Robin to Arjuna's Batman" and Yudhisthira's name is too long for Morrison to write out so "we'll just call him Yudish." Yup. He's named Yudish in this book. That's even worse when Disney decided to have everybody call Hercules "Herc."

The entire section about Pandu is full of WTF. "Many scholars believe his white skin was indicative of Pandu's leprosy." Uh, I think you mean albinism? I have never, ever heard anybody theorize that Pandu was a leper before. "Pandu finally died during a moment of reckless, ill-considered passion with Kunti." No, he died because he slept with Madri, not Kunti. And the fact that he slept with Madri instead of Kunti was, you know, kind of important.

Meh, enough snark for now. The artwork by Mukesh Singh is OH MY GOD ABSFUCKINGLUTELY MINDBLOWINGLY GORGEOUS and makes the entire book worthwhile, especially if you ignore the pages full of Grant Morrison's braindroppings.

Wait, that book was listed on Amazon all the way back in July?! How did I miss that until now?! Oh yeah, the semester from hell. That's why.

Meanwhile! The Liquid Comics website is showing new artwork for Ramayan 3392 AD in several places (check out the front page and the Ramayan gallery under "Titles"), yet no new issues are available on either the Liquid website or on Scribd. Hmmm. Yet Liquid is apparently finishing some of Virgin's unfinished projects, as Buddha was finally completed last summer and is now available in graphic novel format.

Liquid is releasing all of the old Virgin titles on more digital devices now. For the iPad, you can now get the entire Ramayan 3392 series for $9.99, some parts of Reloaded for free, and all five issues of The Tall Tales of Vishnu Sharma for $4.99. Of course you can still download good old-fashioned PDFs of all of the previous titles plus the entire rest of Liquid's line from their Scribd website and import the comics to your e-reader that way, too. ;) Which is how I got Devi on my iPad right now.

UNIVERSAL FORMATS: DOIN' IT RIGHT. Thank you, Virgin/Liquid! Manga publishers, are you paying attention?!

Speaking of Virgin Comics alums, Abhishek Singh is up to awesomeness, with art shows in New Delhi and Los Angeles.

[identity profile] 2011-01-03 01:57 am (UTC)(link)
Oy. This is what I was dreading... I mean, how hard can it be to look something up on Wikipedia?

I'm pretty sure all versions have Sahadeva as the second-born twin. At least, they always mention his name second and I'm pretty sure he is specifically described as the youngest on multiple occasions.
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[identity profile] 2011-01-03 11:53 am (UTC)(link)
And apparently he's like Batman, somehow! Somehow.

I find the Batman comparison especially hilarious considering how Sahadeva's defining personality trait across all versions of the story is usually "really likes to hang out with cows."

[identity profile] 2011-01-03 07:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Besides, since when has Johnny Depp played someone who's brooding, super-intelligent, and responsible?

Brad Pitt sounds more like Arjuna than Nakula, but that's just me.

From what I can remember, Sahadeva's just the quiet one who likes cows, is good with a sword, knows too much astrology for his own good, is sent south before the Rajasuya yagna (where he possibly meets Vibhishana) and kills Shakuni in the end. That pretty much sums up his entire contribution I think.
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[identity profile] 2011-01-03 10:23 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm particulary fond versions of the story where he gains the ability to forsee the future but is forbidden to ever act upon his visions or else his head will explode.

It's like the plot itself is forcing Sahadeva into the role of complete passivity.