May 30, 2009

Paradox - A History of Violence | 1997

All the election fever which was going around in the country for the last few months, have finally come to a sweet end, with India Inc. decisively voting in Elections 2009 for a stable government at the centre. Let’s hope that the momentum shows enough strength in revitalizing the economic fortunes of the country, which took a beating, undoubtedly, by the global financial slowdown.

Iznogoud Mini At Comicology, our recent post on Iznogoud with a complete account of his Indian presence, has garnered enough interest among comikers. Being an Iznogoud fan myself, there is no joy abound then sharing all the info about one of the famous antagonists in Comics, with like minded people.

Rest assured that, with the list of Iznogoud titles published by Lion Comics, and the ones planned by
Euro Books and CineBook, may mean that this is only a start to the avalanche of posts reviewing the titles featuring this legendary Franco-Belgian comic character over here at Comicology. Stay Tuned, Comikers.

The topic for the current post, is a follow-up on the works of John Wagner, about whom we saw more during our Mehta Comics debut post, here.

Paradox – A History of Violence (1997)
ISBN: 1-56389-367-3 | Pg:300 | TPB | Size: B6
$9.95 / INR 125 (in India on Back-Issue sale)

This time around it is about his first ever works in form of a Graphic Novel, as quoted in there.

Small town Michigan wears a calm LookSo without further adieu, let’s move on to this issue, Cover-art of which is sure to turn-on anyone towards exploring it.

Life is moving at their slowest best, in one of the evening in a small town near down-town Michigan. Mild-mannered Tom McKenna appears serving his last regular customer, Bessy, at his soda-shop.

Hitchickers are Brutaly MurderedThe door bells cling, as the two disturbing figures enter the shop with a demonic freezed looks.

The trouble makers were just shown leaving a blood trail on the way to the town, by killing two hitchhikers cold-bloodedly for money. So, their intentions were pre-told as they enter the unsuspecting town locality.

Duo demands their CoffeeWithout heeding to McKenna’s advice that he is closing, they demand their Coffee. The premonition of trouble, thrusts McKenna to wrap up his customers, and serve the duo before he brings down the shutters. McKenna was wise enough in deciding to send his daughter Ellie, to tag along with Bessy, for home bound.

McKenna attacks the Trouble-doersHaving cornered McKenna alone, the duo threaten to deprive him off his life and money. Just when they thought that they have managed to make some free-lunch, they are shocked by the swift attacks McKenna manages to throw, in the process killing one and brutally injuring other.

A Natonal Hero is Born The next day, papers across country flash the news of the unlikely hero who courageously made his stand, helping to capture the mischief-makers. McKenna and his family suddenly receives huge fanfare and attraction. But McKenna is shown growing in concern, as he mysteriously starts fearing that the increased limelight may only bring more trouble.

Torrino confronts McKenna His fear turns to reality as the incident draws three more strangers to the isolated town, one of them an elderly man named Johnny Torrino. Dressed in Gentleman suits, the trio starts stalking McKenna and his family.

Torrino shows his brute strengthTorrino, who sports scarred face with an missing eye, confronts McKenna in his shop, quizzing about a long-lost kid from New York, named Joey Muni, who had left something with him: A cut finger, which hangs in a capsule on the neck of Torrino. A sight of which brings shivers down McKenna’s whole body. McKenna’s wife Edie, comes to help, as she quickly pushes out the trio, warning them of police action if they every trouble them again.

Back at their hideout, the trio confronts between themselves, as the younger sect believe that they mistook McKenna for someone else. But, they are soon silenced by the raging Torrino, The warring party arrives at Tom's placewho seems to have more power than his deputy’s, even at his old age. Feared by his anger, the trio decide to follow McKenna, even setting aside the warning they get from the Sheriff of the locality.

Tom confronts Torrino & Co After a lot of run-down of frequent visits, and anonymous telephone threats, Torrino, finally consoles himself that he may have a mistaken in identifying his man. But just as they were making it back out of the town, Torrino encounters McKenna’s younger son, Frank.

The resemblance of his face with his father’s, was enough for Torrino, to confirm his assumption, which sees him abducting Frank, and landing outside McKenna’s home. Torrino warns McKenna that he has finally found out his real identity, and it is time he comes out and gives himself up, or see his family massacred just before his eyes.

Joey and Richie ponder over their plans The resultant gun-shots and edge-of-the seat action, is sure to bring a chill running down your spine, as the Chapter 1: “A Small Town Killing” comes to a close on this Graphic Novel, which details how someone’s past life can come Richie faces his worst nightmareback to haunt him even if he desires to drive away from it. As they say, when you play and live life hard, then you have got to pay the price.

What did Joey do in his young age which has brought such hell to his new home, is detailed in the Chapter 2: “The Brooklyn Murders”, as it chronicles the life and trouble of two teenage friends, Joey and Richie who play hard, and use the shortcuts in life to earn quick money and fame, which sees them go separate ways.

After seeing that their is huge cash being circulated in the locality, Richie decides to steal some out from them, which was also to avenge his brother’s murder by the goons. Along with the reluctant Joey, the duo manage to make a run-down with local mobs, in a swift cloaked attack, and leave them bruised and killed, and having drained them of their booty, expectedly leaving them seeking for revenge.

Torrino corners young Joey/TomBut, Richie’s attitude of flashing his money all over, draws the attention of the mob leaders in the locality, who hand-pick him for slaughter. The trails leads up to Joey, as he makes a run for his life, followed closely by the underground mobs.

The scenes where he confronts Torrino, in an alley, and the resultant fight where he takes an eye-out of Torrino with a barb-wire, can’t be expressed in mere words. Incidentally, the talented artist did the same in those pages for us.

Joey gets a call from a dead manThe life comes back to present day, as Joey now in his new life as Tom, tries to mend the evil seeds from his past, as he reappears in the city which changed his life for the worst, as Chapter 3: “With Evil Intent”, closes this 300 page epic Graphic Novel titled, aptly as A History of Violence, and carries the same weapons used significantly throughout the novel on its cover.

As witnessed throughout in the graphic novel, It has surprise twists at the end too, as Joey receives a chilling phone call from his supposedly murdered cohort Richie, and the last scenes where he encounters his worst nightmare, is one to take the readers to witness a whole new level of evil incarnation, which is an embodiment of a evil man’s inner self.

Overall, HOV is a Graphic Novel to remember for long, at least for me.


John WagnerJohn Wagner, who wrote “A History of Violence (HOV)” graphic novel, was eventually his first attempt to establish himself among the bigger league in American Comics Industry. He was ably assisted by Vince Locke, who with his unique line-artwork was able to recite the dark and noir nature of the graphic novel and its intrigued plot, a fact acknowledged by Wagner himself in his Preface on the Graphic Novel.

Vince Locke (c) desperadopublishing.com We have seen enough in detail about John Wagner, during our Monster review post over here, so let’s look briefly at the other creative genius behind this graphic novel, the American comic books artist, Vince Locke, whose expressive style of bringing the emotions of the characters in his artwork, formed a great combination along with Wagner’s writing style.

Vince Lockes Artwork on CCorpse-DVD Locke came to in prominence in 1986 during his work as the artist for the underground hit series Deadworld, which was a zombie horror comic set in post-apocalyptic world. Though the series was short-lived due to frequent ownership changes, Locke was one of the main-stay, during which the series achieved a cult status.

Buoyed by the success, Locke, soon contributed as an artist for the some of the famous comic series, including The Sandman, American Freak, Batman, Witchcraft, and eventually tagging along with Wagner in this memorable graphic novel, HOV.

You could read more about Locke’s work on his official site, who is currently busy with his artwork contribution to many a Role Playing Games (RPGs), an area where he would flourish for his noir-touch mixed artwork style, and a taste towards using watercolours heavily in his art-frames. Some of the images in his site was as scarry as it can get, for which a sample is given over here. So, it is not for the light-hearted :).


The idea of the Graphic Novel, HOV, came when Paradox Press Editor Andrew Helfer met Wagner in Scotland during a convention circa 1995. They have had prior stints of working together in various publications, before Helfer joined Paradox, which is a low-cost trade imprint of DC Comics, which was setup to concentrate on real-life stories, and drive away from the superhero theme adopted by DC.

So as per their established standard Helfer asked Wagner, to drive away from his Superhero works on 2000 AD series, and concentrate on providing something which involves Real stories with Real people. Wagner, accepted that challenge, and came up with an initial proposal which looked lot more similar to his other work on Button Man comic series. No need to say that Helfer rejected that concept, asking for more humanish characters.

History Of Violence (Vertigo Version) After another two years of hard-work, Wagner finally came back with the story which eventually found its place in History of Violence graphic novel, making it one of the memorable novels to hit the stands under Paradox Press brand.

But, due to the low cost mantra, and content, Paradox never really achieved its due credit in the American market, which greatly affected the talented work of John Wagner to go places. Wagner is still restricted to his work on 2000 AD, with his works on his world famous creation, Judge Dredd.

But HOV, as stated before, was one of the best selling novels released by Paradox, so when Paradox was wounded up due to low sales, the series was reprinted in DC’s another trade imprint Vertigo. By this time, talks were on about making a movie based on the graphic novel, and when it was reprinted again, the covers widely published this news, as seen above. Also note the subtle change in the cover-art, to hide the suspense of the graphic novel, and leave it for the movie to open-up.


History of ViolenceA History of Violence (2005): It’s a premonition that not all great graphic novels get their due recognition, when adopted into mainstream movies, a fact agreed among many comics fans. But the 2005 movie, for which the central plot was adapted from the History of Violence graphic novel, sure deserves mention in our HOV review post here at Comicology.

The Movie was directed by David Cronenberg, and had a mega star cast like Viggo Mortensen (famous for his role as Aragorn in Lord of the Rings Trilogy, as Tom/Joey), Maria Bello (seen recently in Mummy 3, as Eddie),
Ed Harris (the multi-talented actor-director-writer as Torrino, or Carl Fogarty in the Movie), and William Hurt (as Richie), with all contributing equally to the success of the movie.

The Opening of the movie, with calmly looking duo, slowly moving past a Motel, leaving a blood trail, is sure to have caught the attention of all movie lovers. Especially considering that there was no background score for more than 5 minutes from the start during this scene enactment.

More importantly Ed Harris’s still and scary slow-paced acting (he was undoubtedly the perfect choice for graphic novel’s Torrino’s character), and Mortensen’s renditions of a frightened man trying to save his present being haunted by his past. Bello’s acting ably assists in bringing out the character of a worrying and supporting wife through his husband’s struggle to take control of his sagging life.

The scenes were Harris and his goons, stalk Mortensen’s family were shot with a unique blend of suspense and thrill, which is sure to bring many a comic fan’s dream of seeing a movie made out of a graphic novel with all its essence, maintained at the same level as the Original. Top of the pick is the shopping-mall and house invasion scenes.

Cronenberg was the right choice to direct this venture, as he has the speciality to make movies with themes ranging in the darker aspects of human emotions and behaviours (who can forget the Sci-Fi movie, The Fly), and the plot of HOV was virtually his playground. Josh Olsen who adapted the Screenplay based on the Novel, also contributed to twists and scenario changes to make the movie interesting and packed for the 80 Minutes run-time, meaning it was meant to cut the past reciting witnessed in Chapter 2 of the Graphic Novel.

Tom confronts the thugs at the Diner (A Scene from HOV)It should not be forgotten, that the success of the movie also derives heavily from the reciting of Wagner and Locke in their graphic novel, which contributed heavily to the screenplay in many parts of the movie, which propelled it to a blockbuster of success, and landing William Hurt and Josh Olsen for Oscar award nominations as the Best Supporting Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay, respectively.

Eventhough, the movie at many its places moves through the mum-scene way of story-telling, there were instances of genius in dialogues, when an opportunity was available. Two of the areas, which I felt touched where:

When, confronting with his son, who just broke out of a fist-fight at school

Tom: In this family, we do not solve our problems by hitting people!
Jack: No, in this family, we shoot them!

When, an irate Eddie after knowing of Tom's past life, quizzes about the choice of his last name - Stall

Tony: It was available.
Eddie: I guess I was available, too.

The climax of the movie is altered from its Graphic Novel counterpart, as that scene was too a risky proposition to have passed through movie censorship (if at all, there is one such in United States :)). But, looking at it from the movie point of view, the climax looked like a better fit. The movie ends with a silent dinner scene involving Tom’s family, which leaves viewers to diffuse whether they stayed together or not, after all that has gone through. All credit goes to the director and screenplay writer, for delivering such a power-packed movie.

Tom Stall & Eddie (A Scene from HOV) Apart from that, there were little-over dose of sexual romance scenes of Mortensen and Bello, which could have been avoided. But hey, aren’t we talking about a Hollywood movie? so it is well within expectations, as many would agree :). Not a movie to watch with your family for sure :).

Thus we come to the end of another review post, which featured one of the unique Graphic Novels I read in recent times. Thanks mainly to the Back-Issue title release, as a result of Paradox’s closure, through which this particular issue was available in India at a throw-away price. I wouldn’t have spent $10 to buy this comic for sure :).

Also to be noted here, that I should admit that, “Lover of Dreams” Shankar Visvalingam’s recent review post (in Tamil) on a graphic novel titled, From Hell, which was based on the notorious Jack the Ripper character; was instrumental in me getting down to read through this novel. The reason, I generally despise those comics, which have a noir style of artwork, but still doesn’t classify in the standards laid out in the present comics world.

But Shankar’s post made me realize that artwork has to more importantly resemble the plot for which it is drawn, yet maintaining a style of its own, and in that way A History of Violence was truly up-to-the mark.

With that note, I will conclude this post, and would be eager to read your comments on the graphic novel, and this review post in whole. And by the way, if you get a chance, to grab this copy, do not miss the opportunity to own an item which certainly deserves to be there in your collection. Have a Great and Enjoyable Weekend, ComikersAdios Amigos !

20 ComiComments:

ரஃபிக்,

நீங்கள் இந்நாவல் பற்றி எடுத்துக் கூறியதும், இந்நாவலை நான் எடுத்துப் படித்தேன். என்ன ஒரு கதை சொல்லல்.

டாமின் வீட்டின் முன்பாக டாரினோ குழுவிற்கும் டாமிற்குமிடையிலான மோதலுடன் டாப் கியரில் பாய்கிறது கதை.

பென்செல்வேனியாவில் ஆயுதம் வாங்க வந்த ஜோயியும், ரிச்சியும் இரவில் ஆகாயத்தைப் பார்த்தபடி அமர்ந்திருப்பார்கள், ஜோயி வானத்தின் நட்சத்திரங்களை பார்த்து ரசித்தவாறே நீயுயார்க்கில் இவ்வளவு தொகையாக நட்சத்திரங்களை காணமுடியாது என்று கூறுவதும், ரிச்சி பதிலுக்கு தங்கள் திட்டம் வெற்றிகரமாக முடிந்தால் உனக்கு தேவையான நட்சத்திரங்களை நீ வாங்கலாம் என்று கூறும் இடம் அருமையாக இருக்கும்.

பணத்தை அள்ளி வீசும் ரிச்சி ஒர் பெண்ணினால் மாபியாவிடம் மாட்டும் கட்டத்தில், டாரினோவிற்கு முன்பாக விழும் ரிச்சியும், டாரினோவின் கையிலிருக்கும் கோடாலியும், அந்தக் கட்டத்தின் சித்திரமும் நடக்கவிருக்கும் எல்லாவற்றையும் கூறி விடுகிறது.

நீயுயார்க் நகரத்தின் இரட்டைக்கோபுரங்களை ஒர் கட்டத்தில் கதையில் காண்பிப்பார்கள், அதனருகில் இரு விமானங்கள் செல்வது போல் வரைந்திருப்பார் வன்ஸ் லாக், அதனை இப்போது பார்க்கையில் 9/11 நினைவிற்கு வந்தது.

ஜோயியும், ரிச்சியும் மீண்டும் சந்திக்கும் அத்தருணம், அந்த ஒரு பக்கம் .... இறைவா!!!

டாரினோ, ஜோயியை மழை பெய்கின்ற போது, கம்பி வலைத் தடுப்பினுள் முடக்கும் தருணத்தில் ஓவியர் தன் திறமையை சிறப்பாக கோடுகள் மூலம் காட்டியிருப்பார்.

கதையில்,சாதாரண நிகழ்வுகள் நிகழும் பக்கங்களில் கூட வன்முறை மெளனமாக பதுங்கியிருந்து,வேண்டிய தருணத்தில் உச்ச ஆவேசத்துடன் வெளிப்படும் ஓர் பாத்திரமாக மாறியிருக்கும்.

திரைப்படத்தில் எட் ஹாரிஸ் பின்னியிருப்பார். திரைப்படத்தில் இடம் பெற்ற மாயாஜாலக்!!!! காட்சிகளிற்கு நான் ரசிகன் என்று கூறத்தேவையில்லை, ஆனால் பெலா தான் சற்று வயதானவராக தோற்றம் அளிக்கிறார் இல்லையா.

திரைப்படத்தில் மட்டுமல்ல, கதையில் கூட கடுமையான வசனங்கள் உண்டு, கதைக்கேற்ற வார்த்தையாடல் கதையோடு மேலும் ஒட்ட வைக்கிறது.

உங்கள் அற்புத மொழிநடையால், சிறப்பாக பதிவை தந்திருக்கிறீர்கள். என் பதிவைப் பற்றிக் கூறி என்னைப் பெருமிதம் அடையச் செய்து விட்டீர்கள். நன்றி அன்பு நண்பரே, இக்கதையை படிக்க தூண்டியதிற்கும், இந்த அருமையான பதிவிற்கும்.

உற்சாகத்துடன் தொடருங்கள்

@ Shankar: அன்பர் ஷங்கரே, வழமை போல முதன்மை கருத்துக்கு மீண்டும் ஒரு முறை நன்றி.

என் கருத்தை ஏற்று இந்த புத்தகத்தை உங்கள் வாசிப்புக்கு எடுத்து கொண்டீர்கள் என்பதே எனக்கு ஒரு பெருமை. அது போதாது என்று கதையில் வந்த அருமையான கட்டங்களை கோடிட்டு பிண்ணூட்டமிட்டிருப்பதில் என்னை புளகாங்கிதம் அடைய செய்து விட்டீர்கள். நம் போன்றவர்களின் பதிவுகளுக்கு ஊக்கமளிப்பது இப்படிபட்ட கருத்துகளே என்று நான் மறுபடியும் கூற தான் வேண்டுமா.

உங்கள் கருத்திற்கு ஏற்ப பதிவில், நீங்கள் குறிபிட்ட அனைத்து கட்டத்திற்கும் உண்டான படத்தை சேர்ப்பித்து விட்டேன் (அந்த மாயஜால காட்சிகள் தவிர்த்து, சின்னவர்கள் வந்து போகும் இடம் அல்லவா, இது, நான் உட்பட ;-)). உண்மையில் இந்த பதிவு பெண்டு நிமித்தி விட்டது என்றாலும், நான் மிகவும் ரசித்து பதிவிட்ட பதிவுகளில் ஒன்றாக பரிணாமம் அளித்து இருக்கும் திருப்தி, மற்றும் தங்கள் கருத்துகளே எனது உற்சாக டானிக்.

// கதையில்,சாதாரண நிகழ்வுகள் நிகழும் பக்கங்களில் கூட வன்முறை மெளனமாக பதுங்கியிருந்து,வேண்டிய தருணத்தில் உச்ச ஆவேசத்துடன் வெளிப்படும் ஓர் பாத்திரமாக மாறியிருக்கும்.//

அருமையான பார்வை... ஒப்புக் கொள்கிறேன் நண்பரே.

வருகைக்கும், நீண்ட கருத்திற்கும் மீண்டும் ஒரு முறை நன்றி, அன்பு நண்பரே.

பி.கு.: பெல்லா வயதானவராக தான் தோற்றமளித்தார், ஆனால் கவுண்டமணி ஒரு படத்தில் கூறுவது போல, கோழி நொண்டிய முடமோ, நமக்கு தேவை குழம்பு ருசிதானே, என எண்ணி கொள்ள வேண்டாமோ :)

ராம்போ ரஃபிக் அவர்களே,

பதிவை மீண்டும் செதுக்கி இருக்கிறீர்கள். அது உங்களிற்குரிய சிறப்பம்சம்.

மக்கினாவின் கடைக்குள் நுழையும் அந்த இரு ரவுடிகள் பற்றிய வர்ணனை அருமை நண்பரே.

என் முன்னைய பின்னூட்டத்தில், THE FLY திரைப்படம் பற்றிக் கூற மறந்து விட்டேன், என் மனதில் தங்கியிருக்கும் ஒரு திரைப்படம் அது.

நாயகனில் ஏற்படும் மாற்றங்களை உளவியல் ரீதியாகவும் அதில் அவர் அணுகியிருப்பார். அது சிறப்பாக இருக்கும்.

//பெல்லா வயதானவராக தான் தோற்றமளித்தார், ஆனால் கவுண்டமணி ஒரு படத்தில் கூறுவது போல, கோழி நொண்டிய முடமோ, நமக்கு தேவை குழம்பு ருசிதானே, என எண்ணி கொள்ள வேண்டாமோ //

இப்படியான குழம்புகளை ருசி பார்த்து உடம்பைக் கெடுத்துக் கொள்ள வேண்டாம் என இங்கு வரும் குழந்தைகளை கேட்டுக் கொள்கிறேன்.

உற்சாகத்துடன் தொடருங்கள்

I enjoyed watching the movie version, but never knew that it was based on a graphic novel. Thanks for the post!

@ Shankar: ஷங்கர் அன்பரே, நீங்கள் கருத்திட்ட கட்டங்களை மற்றவர்களும் ரசிக்க வேண்டும் என்ற எண்ணத்தில் அவற்றை பதிவேற்றினேன். அந்த கட்டங்களை நினைவு கூர்ந்தமைக்கு நன்றி நண்பரே.

ப்ளை திரைபடம் யாரை தான் பாதித்திருக்காது... அருமையான திரைக்கதை அதனின் வெற்றிக்கு அடையாளம்.. அப்படி பட்ட இயக்குனரிடம் இந்த காமிக்ஸை தழுவிய படத்தை ஒப்படைத்த தயாரிப்பாளர்களையும் பாராட்ட வேண்டும் தானே?

மறுமுறை வருகை தந்து கருத்துக்கு மீண்டும் நன்றி தோழரே. நீங்கள் இந்த தளத்தில் வெளியிட்ட 50 வது கருத்து இது தான். அதற்கு இன்னும் ஒரு Heart-felt Thanks.

பி.கு.: அண்ணன் ஷங்கர் கூறியபின் மறுப்பு என்ன, இனி பத்தியமாக இருந்து கொள்பார்கள் குழந்தைகள் என்று நம்புகிறேன், குழம்பு விசயத்தில் மட்டும்.

@ சாத்தான்: On the contrary, I read the graphic novel, then watched the movie :). Both are as good in their own rights. One of the best ever adaption of a graphic novel into main showbiz.

Thanks for your visit and comment, friend.

Dear Rafiq

எனக்கும் அது சித்திரக் கதையின் வடிவம் என தெரியாது. விர்கோவின் கடந்த மூன்று படங்களிலும் அரகோனாகவே பார்த்த பிறகு, இந்த படத்தில் அவரை ஷேவ் செய்தபின் பார்ப்பது ஒரு மாதிரியாக இருந்தாலும், படத்தின் வேகம் அதனை பின்னால் தள்ளி விட்டது

அவரின் ஹிடால்கோ படத்தின் ஒளிப்பதிவும் நன்றாக இருக்கும்.

சிறப்பான பதிவு.

@ Josh: Dear Josh,

படத்திற்கு முன் புத்தகம் கைக்கு முதலில் கிடைத்ததினால் தான் எனக்கு அந்த சந்தர்ப்பம் அமைந்தது, என்று தான் கூற வேண்டும்.

என் போல் இல்லாமல், எல்லா மொழி படங்களையும் பார்த்து திளைக்கும் தங்களிடம் நான் போட்டி போட முடியுமா. பதிவையே ப்ரெஞ்ச், ஜெர்மனி மொழியில் படித்து திளைத்தவரையாயிற்றே, எங்கள் ஜுடோ ஜோஷ். :)

அரகோனை தாடியில்லாமல் பார்த்ததில் எனக்கும் ஆச்சர்யமே... அவரின் முகத்தில் தெரியும் அந்த இணை புரிய பயம் இதன் மூலம் தெளிவாக பார்க்க முடிந்ததாக நான் உணர்ந்தேன். இன்னொரு படத்தை பற்றி வேறு கூறி விட்டீர்கள்... பார்க்க வேண்டிய பட்டியலில் சேர்த்து கொள்ள வேண்டியது தான்.

வருகைக்கும், கருத்துக்கும் நன்றி நண்பரே.

Hi Rafiq, Are these comics original? In a sense, are they written in tamil or kind of translation or adaptation from English comics?

@ Viji: Hi Viji, they are Agmark Original :-), and unfortunately are available only in English. No one has taken the pains to translate it yet in Tamil, but even then there aren't anyone interested to release new tamil titles at the moment. The only flag-bearers Lion and Muthu are still not regular enough to fill the void.

So, we would have to keep our passion alive by chancing the other wealth of comics available in English. So my reviews over here, are just an attempt on that line.

A Quick Tip:, I use Tamil Comics and English Comics tag labels to seperate my reviews from both, which you could use to seggregate the reviews over here.

Thanks for your visit and comment :-)

Thanks for you updating on Iznogoud...personally yet to read a single issue but already becomes quite a fan of this hero!! and hopefully,AFTER reading some titles,I'll still remain his fan!!:)))

Now for HOV,I never read this book but at lst will try to watch the Movie...thanks for the review!

SG

@ MaNdrAke dudE: You can bet on that Sagnik bro, to get hooked to the Iznogoud series, once you read one title, believe me :). Euro Books is planning to launch the Iznogoud titles by July mid this year.

Pls Do watch the movie, noir style personified :). The Graphic Novel might have got sold out on stands, as they were remaindered stock, thus was available in less numbers.

ரஃபிக்,
நீங்கள் பதிவிடுவதற்கு இரண்டு நாட்கள் முன்னர் தான் என் நண்பன் இப்படத்தை டவுன்லோட் செய்தான் . நான் எதோ மொக்கை படம் என்று பார்க்கவில்லை . உங்கள் பதிவை கண்டவுடன் பார்த்து விட்டேன் .

பரபரப்பான காட்சிகள் இல்லாமலே படம் முழுக்க ஏதோ ஒன்று என்னை இழுத்து சென்று விட்டது . கண்டிப்பாக பொறுமையா காமிக்ஸ் ஐ படிக்க வேண்டும் என நினைத்துள்ளேன். நீங்கள் சொன்னது போல் படத்தில் TOM STALL இன் flashback(JOEY) இல்லை

கிளைமாக்ஸ் காட்சி என்னை மிகவும் கவர்ந்து விட்டது. TOM STALL இன் மகள் தட்டை எடுத்து வைத்தவுடன் அவர் பார்க்கும் காட்சிகளும் , முடிவும் அருமை .

காமிக்ஸ் இல் TOM STALL இன் flashback(JOEY) Chapter படிக்க வேண்டும் . நல்ல கதையை அறிமுகபடுதியதற்கு நன்றி

Lovingly,
Lucky Limat
Browse Comics

@ Limat: 2005 ம் ஆண்டு வெளிவந்த சிறந்த படங்களில் ஒன்றாக அதை கருதுவதில் எந்த ஐயமும் இல்லையே, அதனால் அது உங்களை கவர்ந்ததில் எனக்கும் மகிழ்ச்சியே. அந்த கடைசி கட்டம் உண்மையில் நெஞ்சை அடைக்கும் காட்சி தான். அவர் குடும்பம் இணைந்ததா இல்லையா என்ற கேள்விக்கு ரசிகர்களையே விடை கண்டுபிடித்து கொள்ள செய்து அருமையாக முடித்து இருந்தார் இயக்குனர் மற்றும் திரைப்பட கதாசிரியர்.

அந்த நினைவுகூறல் காட்சிகளே காமிக்ஸின் தனி சிறப்பம்சம், எனவே நேரம் கிடைக்கையில் பொறுமையாக அதை படித்து இன்புறுங்கள்.

இப்படி பட்ட ஓவியங்கள் பாணியில் அமைந்துள்ள கதைகளையும் படிக்க என்னை தூண்டிய காதலருக்கும் உங்கள் நன்றியை சேர்ப்பித்து கொள்வது என் கடமையாகும்.

உங்கள் வருகைக்கும் கருத்துக்கும் நன்றி லக்கி லிமட் நண்பரே.

ok grt read te review, had heard about it for a long time, finally got to know wats it about and gues im going to dwnload the movie to watch it, donth think vll be getting the book here in india , grt review, rafiq

@ Liju: Pls do watch the movie, and you won't be disappointed for sure. Grabbing the graphic novel may not be hard, only needs a little patience to search through the local stores.

Thanks for your visit and comment, Liju buddy.

nice blog about HOV, my friend doing Bsc viscom told me about this movie, iam not interested to watch it first, now after reading ur blog and others comics fans comment i like to get the book and also want to watch the movie. you people try always to bring different things on comics which lead our point of view internationally, Thanks for lion,muthu comics,and internet to unite us all like this. once more my wishes and thanks to rafiq to bring such a different blog( for me it is different , becos sofar iam reading just tamil comics only )

@ Cap Tiger: Dear Shiv, Good to know that my post made you to decide on watching the movie and buying the source book too.

Believe me, just like you I was also only a Tamil Comics fan until 5 or 6 years back. But once the availability of our comics dried out, I had to start looking for other genres and languages to keep the passion alive. Now after seeing so many of these wealth of Comics titles all these years, I felt that I should start sharing my findings to fellow comic friends too, and these kind of posts are just another way to reach out to them.

Good to know that Comics friends like you have always been appreciative about the effort put-in to make these posts. Buoyed by which I promise to introduce many other such unearthed titles through Comicology.

Thanks for your visit and comment, my friend. Also looking forward for your unique posts at your blog. What's keeping you busy ? :)

Dear Rafiq

எனக்கும் அது சித்திரக் கதையின் வடிவம் என தெரியாது. விர்கோவின் கடந்த மூன்று படங்களிலும் அரகோனாகவே பார்த்த பிறகு, இந்த படத்தில் அவரை ஷேவ் செய்தபின் பார்ப்பது ஒரு மாதிரியாக இருந்தாலும், படத்தின் வேகம் அதனை பின்னால் தள்ளி விட்டது

அவரின் ஹிடால்கோ படத்தின் ஒளிப்பதிவும் நன்றாக இருக்கும்.

சிறப்பான பதிவு.

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