Prakash Publishers | Price: INR 10 | Pages: 120 | B/W | Size: B6 | Tamil | Laminated/HardCover
Lion Comics Issue #203 finally gets released, nearly 6 months after its last issue. As advertised in the last issue, it features the start to a 3 part Tex Willer Series, titled "Maranthin Munnodi" (மரணத்தின் முன்னோடி), "The Omen".
It may look like a long time since Tex Willer last featured in Lion Comics, which was in fact the same month last year, but thanks to Prakash Publishers ever famous "Procrastination", we have received only two issues between them.
In the Hotline, the Editor S.Vijayan coins a new idea of getting away with the monthly releases (as if it ever existed), and provides an alternative suggestion of releasing a set of books every 3 months. I don't know how many takers would be there for this idea. But the way their distribution cycle goes, I am not too optimistic for them to keep up their promise.
Especially, considering that many subscribers and non-subscribers are wary of receiving their titles without any postal loss, unless they strengthen their distribution, possibly by courier, and get away with their delay, I don't see this initiative succeeding to a great level.
Coming back to this month edition, it's a Tex Willer series originally written by Caludio Nizzi and drawn by Fabio Civitelli, who has a different contemporary style from the earlier artists, glimpses of which you could see all over the series.
The Cover-art is inspired by the Original of Tex's Italian Series, which was drawn by Caludio Villa. Mr. Vijayan's trusted artist, has done a fabulous work in bringing the colours to a more vibrant style for our local version. Compare the covers and see it for yourself.
As of the plot, it circles around a gripping storyline, where Tex & Co battle time and will to prevent a potential war between the Navajo's and US Military forces. It's a clash between Emotions and Egos of Individuals between both groups, for personal glory, with Tex and his friends trying hard to clear out the cloud between the warring parties. The story is interestingly setup at the end, with US Military at the doorsteps of Navajo territory, and that makes us to wait for the next part eagerly.
As noted in the Editor's Hotline, the release of XIII Special has been now pushed further back to Jan 2009. Only our beloved editor, in the entire publishing industry could think that their readers would get along with announcements materializing after more than a year. He has to thank his comic fans for possessing this extraordinary patience not to be seen anywhere else.
|Editor's Hotline ||Italian Original: Tex No.475 : Il Presagio (The Omen) : May 2000 |
The Only good news we hear from this release is that the next 2 parts of Tex Willer Series is also ready, and would be published soon. Lion #204 would be "Kaatril Karaintha Kazhugu" (காற்றில் கரைந்த கழுகு), 'Vanishing Eagle'.
By the way did anyone notice that Lioncomics.com site which was pending renewal for long by Prakash Publishers, now seems to have been bought over by some other franchise? Pity that Mr.Vijayan, has lost the only Official presence of Lion Comics on the Net too.
As per the norm we get to see the upcoming issue (this time in the Back Cover), and a XIII Special teaser.
|Lion's XIII Special Teaser ||Lion's Next Issue: Kaatril Karaintha Kazhugu |