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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 22

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at Grant Morrison and Phillip Bond’s Vimanarama…

Enjoy!

Vimanarama is a farcical adventure story about a young man who is waiting to see who his wife will be (via an arranged marriage). He is distracted by an accident at his father’s store, where his brother (working in the store) collapses through the floor…

Ali (the young man) arrives home to learn that his sister’s child has gotten lost down the aforementioned hole. His arranged wife showed up and went to go look for the kid, and Ali joins, as well.

However, the hole hid a secret cavern with a wall keeping within it a race of evil gods. Luckily, as Ali notes, he at least has his father’s hammer…

I love that line.

With these evil gods loose, Ali must call the help of the Ultra-Hadeen, basically ancient Indian superheroes. But they are sort of naive, and are powered by love, so when the head of the Ultra-Hadeen falls for Ali’s girl and she rejects him, well…

I love that grazed knee line!

In any event, the whole comic is like this – basically an over the top look at Jack Kirby’s Eternals, only done through Indian deities.

It’s a real blast, and Philip Bond’s art is tremendously fun.

I especially love some of the dark humor – it’s one of Morrison’s funniest comics.

23 Comments

Beautiful stuff . . .got kind of lost in the We3/Seaguy shuffle, too.

Philip Bond is awesome! The first time I came across his work was in an anthology of UK comics translated into Greek during a vacation long ago. I couldn’t read the Greek, but the art was vivid and theatrical, and it told a story all on its own. Great stuff!

I loved this series as it was coming out and it’s still one of my favorite Morrison works.

I’ll have to track down this one! I’ve found a lot of great books thanks to CBR’s columns. Keep ‘em coming!

Haven’t read this, but I want to. Philip Bond’s art is amazing; I’ve been a fan since the days of Deadline, some 20(!) years ago.

This looks fantastic! Thanks for bringing it to my attention Brian. I’m going to be laughing at that ‘knee…grazed beyond redemption” line all goddamn day.

I actually liked this a lot better than We3 or Seaguy. Of the three it’s the only one that I’ve actually re-read. It’s so fun!

I agree with Chad. I enjoyed We3 and Seaguy a lot but this was the comic that I wished Morrison had written a sequel to.(and Sebastian O, now that I think about it)

This does get overlooked due to Seaguy and We3 coming out around the same time. I should give it another look to see if I like it better with age.

Nothing’s gonna top that “grazed beyond redemption!” line, though.

This was a pretty cool comic, but I think that it’s pretty sparse on the second act, if I recall correctly. Great setup and a decent, if not rushed, finish, but I think it would have benefitted from more development, which is pretty funny when you think about the recent hubbub over the first issue of Joe the Barbarian.

I haven’t read this since it came out. Somewhere in my stack of boxes is lonely issue 3, wondering where 1 & 2 went off. Good from what I remember though.

LOVE IT!
It’s fantastic fun. It has a nice groovy feeling to it. The best Philip Bond i’ve ever seen and one of Morrison’s funniest creations.

Often overlooked :( that’s too bad.

You know what else is overlooked? Achaia’s Mouse Guard!! C’mon Brian, show us some sample pages!!

How is Mouse Guard overlooked? It’s one of those books that the internet jacks off to at every opportunity. Not that it isn’t good, but it’s almost ubiquitous on blogs!

It’s overlooked here.

Ya know, this is one of the few Morrison works I haven’t gotten around to reading. It got lost in the Seaguy/We3 awesomeness. Looks like a Middle Eastern Kirby explosion ^_^

I remember craving an on-going featuring the Ultra-Hadeen when I first read this. And Jeremy, its more like a South Asian Kirby explosion ;)

FunkyGreenJerusalem

January 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I love this book – Morrison and Bond are in perfect harmony, and the setting is something very different (for us westerners) to the usual for action/fantasy adventures.

I agree with Chad. I enjoyed We3 and Seaguy a lot but this was the comic that I wished Morrison had written a sequel to.(and Sebastian O, now that I think about it)

I love me some Sebastian 0, but I don’t know I’d want a sequel – that ending is so jarring yet so awesome, I’d hate for anything to take away from it.
(I mean I really didn’t pick it was going to go there from the first issue).

I didn’t really like this one.

The art is good and it started off okay, but TBH by the end I don’t think I had a clue what was going on. I might try re-reading it sometime.

I loved this at the time too. Your samples are good, but you should have at least put one of the splash pages of the cavernous machinery that’s a beautiful synthesis of Kirby and Indian design. Those were amazing in how they could invoke both ideas at the same time.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

January 26, 2010 at 4:58 pm

The art is good and it started off okay, but TBH by the end I don’t think I had a clue what was going on. I might try re-reading it sometime.

Much like Sea-Guy, I think it’s one of those one’s that feels more confusing than it is – it’s a pretty straightforward zero becomes hero story, just done in a crazy way – probably not even that crazy, it just uses a lot of mythology that isn’t that familiar to westerners.
Kirby goes Bollywood.

Sea-Guy left me confused as well.

I’m not sure what you mean by “feels more confusing than it is”. I just know that I was lost by the end of both stories.

Really didn’t think much of this, despite the lovely Philip Bond (who I offered to marry on another site just the other night) art. It just seemed to be Morrison half-heartedly riffing on the Bollywood mania which was such a fad in British pop culture at the time.
I’ve never heard of The Eternals, so maybe I’m missing something, but listen to Romeo by Basement Jaxx while reading Kill Your Boyfriend and you’ll have a lot more fun.

For a mix of sci-fi and Hindu mythology, you really can’t beat Lord of Light. Spookily enought, didn’t Jack Kirby have some involvement with an abortive attempt to film that.

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