Writer: Samit Basu
Artists: Aditya Chari, Nanjan J (colors)
Publisher: Virgin Comics
In this issue of Devi, the Devi gets kicking. Showing up on the mortal realm (as seen last issue), in the body of the main female protagonist, Tara Mehta, it became clear right from the get go that things didnít turn out quite as expected, both by the Durapasya (Deviís followers on Earth) and by Lord Balaís right hand man, Iyam, and the apsrara assassin, Kratha. How and to what extent is this incarnation of the Devi different from the first one? It all plays out here.
Why things turned out differently is attributable to Taraís still being alive when the Devi entity entered her. Instead of having an empty husk (body) to take over, the Devi now shares it with its original occupant, Tara. This leads to some interesting confusion filled scenes both for Tara and the Devi and her/their new companion (and to an extent, savior), Inspector Rahul Singh. Leaving with the Devi at the end of the last issue, Rahul hides Tara, both from the agents of the Durapasya and those of Lord Bala. Truthfully admitting no knowledge of the Devi or anything else that has happened with in the last few days, Tara (as well as Rahul) soon gets an inkling as to what her new status quo is and, more than that, how the Devi works.
In the meantime, Aguntak, the only Durapasya member who advocated Taraís being left alive for the ceremony (or worded differently, protested her being killed), appears before the main Council to submit his report and to get his new orders. While there, he also meets the Councilís mole inside Balaís organization, and towards the end of the issue gets a phone call informing him about the escape of the recently captured Iyam. As for the Council and their intentions, it is not clear whether they truly are followers of the Devi or if they just want to use her for their own means, means which could just as well be world domination as they could be defending the humans from demons, demigods, and other such magical beings.
Regarding the art, I'm getting an odd feeling about it. I checked and found that unlike the first arc (issues #1-5), this issue of the Devi had Aditya Chari on the art. Whether the new regular artist or just a fill-in, Adityaís efforts at keeping to the style set by Mukesh Singh though commendable, do not quite reach the mark. Along with the oddly shaped faces (e.g. larger jaws), even the coloring isnít quite as "flamboyant." This too is due to only Nanjan J on the colors, against as both him and Singh. I do hope that this is just a fill-in and that we see Singh return with the next issue.
Conclusion: This Devi, unlike her predecessor, not only feels but also is intrigued by emotions and other afflictions of the human condition (hunger, want, sweat!), a development which is sure to make things interesting for her (and possibly between her and Rahul).
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