Writer: Shamik Dasgupta
Artists: Abhishek Singh, Ashwin Chikerur (colors)
Publisher: Virgin Comics
This month, finally, sheís here. Anyone who has even a passing knowledge about the Ramayana or even Rama and his story will know who this "She" is I speak of. Even though her name isnít spoken aloud here, unless there is a major shift of plans (and story) away from the original story, this issue saw the introduction of the one character whoís name is even more synonymous with Ramaís than even Lakshman and/or Hanuman (another character that is yet to make his appearance in this series).
Accompanying the "Seer" Vishwamitra, the two brothers, Rama and Lakshman, make their way to the mythical city of Mithila. Take note that this isnít a derivation from the word "myth" but in fact even in the original Ramayana (written thousands of years ago), the name of this kingdom/city was the same. Eerie, ainít it? With relations still strained between them, the simple fact that to get to Mithila they have to go across Janasthan is enough to get the two brothers going at each otherís throats. For those who have forgotten what happened at Janasthan and what it led to, check out issue #2. Suffice to say, had it not been for this place, the story (of the two brothers) would have gone in a much different direction. For that, check out the original Ramayana. Okay, check out the abridged version as the complete version is a crazy long tale.
This issue's fight comes in form of the brothers catching up to and going against the three top asuras from the demon army they were up against in the second issue. The three demons, the mother and her two sons, head towards Mithila too, looking to get their hands on the "Key to Maya Vidya," do reach the kingdom city, just in time to have their deaths handed to them by the Armagarhian Princes.
With the regular team of Abhishek Singh (art) and Ashwin Chikerur (colors) continuing their run on this series, there isnít much for me to say that I havenít written in my reviews of the past three issues. However, this I will say, the first page entrance of, well, "Her" couldnít have been done better, all because of its (the character, those around her and the city) almost ethereal appearance compared to the grim grittiness that has been the mainstay of the other places and people of this series.
Conclusion: Ramayan 3392 AD blazes its own path from the original story, and writer Shamik Dasgupta gets my two thumbs up for taking events from the original Ramayana and adapting them to this darker, more serious take, and doing it so well.
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