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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…
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.
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