“A colorful, sleek-looking comic mixed with religious depth”
I like to read comics from publishers that don’t get a lot of play in the public. To be perfectly honest, I never heard of the publisher called Graphic India. I checked out their page and it seems like they specialize in publishing works developed by individuals with ties to India. Now I don’t know how Grant Morrison or Stan Lee (both contributors to the publisher) have ties to India, but what better why to get your brand into mainstream comics by using well-known creators like those two.
Grant Morrison’s Avatarax Destroyer of Darkness is a colorful, sleek-looking comic that has some religious depth to it. I found the art to be powerful, and adaptive to the story. It looks as though artist Jeevan J. Kang intentionally changed his art style throughout the issue based upon which panel of the comic is meant to drive a point home. After seeing what Jeevan can do with a splash page, I think Grant needs to write more splash pages for Jeevan to draw – the dude is a splash page beast. Also noteworthy is the color in this issue, Jeevan and Ns Sathish Kumar laid down some bold color choices adding to the eye-catching appeal of this issue.
So what’s this book all about? It’s a Grant Morrison book so you know it’s going to be all kinds of trippy and hard to understand, right? Well, not exactly. I could actually follow what was happening, a rarity for me when I read Grant’s stuff. Basically, this issue is about how an out-of-touch god, Avatarex, tries to reconnect with the human race in order to save it. It is believed that if Avatarex merges with a good-natured human the god will be able to save humanity from “a darkness.” As Avatarex comes closer to merging with Rishi, the good-natured human, he’s prevented from doing so by an entiy known as the Hydra Void. Trippy, but not too trippy.
ROTTEN BRAINS gives Avatarex #1…drum roll…a solid 3 1/2 out of 5 rotten brains.