Dec 31, 2009

Vimanika Comics - Moksha | The Sixth | #2 | 2009

It’s been long, since we last reviewed an Indian Comics initiative in detail. If you count-off the old classics like Tinkle and ACK, it’s indeed been quite a long time since we reviewed one such. In fact, it was exactly this same month, a year back, and it was about an initiative from the new kid on the block, Vimanika Comics, talking of their debut release (#0 & #1).

So, it is fitting that, when we thought of reviewing another title to close out the year 2009, we choose the #2 set from their stable, which was released early this year. So, without further adieu, here is the Moksha and The Sixth, with their second instalment.

Vimanika Comics: Moksha #2 Moksha #2 CoverMay 2009 | 32 Pgs | INR 40 | B5 | Color | Paperback

If you recollect, Moksha #1 detailed the re-entry of Lord Hanuman in the timeless valleys of Hindukush Mountains, as he saves little girl, Indi, and turns the guardian angel for her.

The issue also previewed the arrival of Parashuram, the other central character of the series, as he got a pupil Vimanika's depiction of Hellish Hellhimself, as he saves the Ashram from the clutches of evil forces.

Issue #2, picks up from the plot, where a Darker force re-enters the forbidden valleys, trying to stake its claim as the new master of underworld.

His first target, a place where the tortured souls lay rest, Hell ruled by Yamraj. And his goal, the incredibly powerful scythe.

By the time Yamraj knows about this hideous task, the darker force seems to have wasted the guards and retrieves his crown jewel, and makes way for its exit.

Indrajit Enters When the reserve guards try to unsuccessfully stop him on his course, the dark force is revealed as the Indrajeet, the son of demonic warlord Ravana, who was considered killed for good in the battle depicted in the Ramayana epic.

Meanwhile, distant memories haunt the Hanuman, as the visions of Sita’s Hanuman's Vision of Sita's Trialtrial on the court of Rama, flashes on his mind, as he witnesses the remains of Indi’s father, go up in flames. Hanuman promises that he would be the saviour of Indi, no matter what befalls on her.

Elsewhere, confusion reigns at the deserted plains where the Ashram of the Bhargawas (a sect in Brahmins) is located. The war of  words breaks out between the Brahmin sheers, and Parashuram, who has put an halt in there, on his voyage. Brahmins clearly don’t approve of Parashuram’s bloody ways, and call him as a threat to their teachings.

Parashuram defends his waysParashuram defends his methods, and warns them that the growing unrest Troubled clowds gatherwith Veesachs (a demonic group), is something to be faced with stiff action.

Just as he walks out of the ashram, he witnesses a sudden change in the weather, which forecasts evil. The same is witnessed by Hanuman too from the other side of the plain. Moksha #2 comes to a close, as the untold danger approaches.

Clearly the Moksha #2, is one of the best initiatives to have gone on the Graphic Novels class of India, 029in the past year. Eventhough, it can’t be termed as a GN, considering that it’s supposed to be a bi-monthly issue, spanning only 32 pages, the concept and the delivery are top-notch.

Guided under the watchful eyes of Karan Vir, the chief visionary of Vimanika, the script of little known Arnab Das, has been vivaciously brought to real life with the art of Dheeraj Verma. No wonder he was rated highly, when he joined Vimanika’s crew.

For examples, look at the depiction of the Hell by Dheeraj, which adorns the first page of the issue. Or the lavishing page, bringing the Court of Rama. The richness shows on the characterizations too, for instance the look of Yamaraj, has been given a touch of class.

Vimanika's Indrajeet DC's The Spectre At the same time, you can’t help but notice the similarity of Indrajeet’s look, with DC’s The Spectre. But, then again, even if it was intentional, don’t they say “Imitation is the best form of Flattery”? But the core lies, in the way, the character has been given a overhaul, with an Indian panache. Something, which has made it stand-out from the rest.

Golden Cursor Animation Awards 2009

The creative team has to be commended for mapping a whole new style of story-telling for Moksha. Now only time will tell, whether they would be able to keep the tempo and quality for the further instalments, which are due in the new year.

Recently Moksha was also in the news, as they received the newly constituted Golden Cursor Awards, for the year 2009. So, they have really set some balls rolling with their creation. Let’s hope the momentum is maintained, if not bettered.

The second one from Vimanika is The Sixth, which is supposed to hold the bigger brother status among the two. Did it really live upto the billing? is something which we will judge, after looking into the instalment.

The Sixth #2 continues the adventures and exploits of Karan Vir, as he tries to explore his roots, in order to know the reason behind his mysterious survival, from a terrorist attack on his life, which took place in Chicago Airport (Sixth #1).

Vimanika Comics: Sixth #2 The Sixth #2 coverMay 2009 | 32 Pgs | INR 40 | B5 | Color | Paperback

The exploration brings him to India, to the state of Punjab, and on his way to visit his childhood home, he faces a group Dev Daljit Singh in actionof men blocking the road, with a Sardar named Dev Daljit Singh, in the midst of action.

The well-built Dev, was about to massacre one of his attackers, as Karan intervenes to try restoring some peace.

Upon knowing that the conflict, was a result of a unpaid rent by Dev, Karan immediately volunteers to pay, to put the things to rest. Despite Karan’s help, Dev stays apprehensive about his money wielding habit.

Karan is denied access Moving on to his childhood home, an old mansion, located in the outskirts, Karan is denied access to enter the place, from an elderly figure. Karan knows that his long lost family still is located in there, but Divya, his secretary, consoles him that it could be because of his long absence.

On his road trip, Karan is haunted by a mysterious figure in his dreams, which reminds him again about his Karan is haunted by  Illusionsgoal, of Dev makes a Bollywood Stuntfinding who he really is. Karan is awaken by a road block, which brings two hooded  characters, who are hell bent on teaching him lessons for his intrusions in their land grabbing plans.

He gets an surprise aid from Dev, while despite the injury suffered on the attack, Karan suddenly shows phenomenal strength by stopping a barging tractor. Karan then decides to hire Dev as his bodyguard, and they leave Singhania entersenroute to Bihar, a place which Karan terms as the city of Knowledge and Wisdom.

As the Sixth #2 closes, the scene shifts back to New York City, as a business tycoon, and a supposedly gang lord, named Kuru Pratap Singhania, is introduced as the chief conspirator, behind the land acquisitions happening in the places, where incidentally Karan finds himself.

Frankly speaking, Sixth #2 is a great disappointment to me as a reader. The script certainly, is a big let-down, as there is no connectivity between plots and characters which are interwoven, with a lot of emphasize on action, then storytelling. A Bollywood style entry for Dev, and Singhania, doesn’t help the matter either. Arnab Das, really could have worked harder.

Dheeraj's Editorial To make things difficult, the artwork of Dheeraj Verma, who did a remarkable work on Moksha #2, fails to live up-to the expectation. Some panels are better illustrated, but the consistency is lagging, throughout this 32 page adventure, which at some places is clearly goes begging, for improvement.

In the end, it seems the overwork of Dheeraj, as he simultaneously had to illustrate both Moksha and Sixth’s instalment, had put the artwork of Sixth wanting (which he admits in his editorial). With the jumbled script, it couldn’t have gone worse.

Neither Arnab or Dheeraj no more work for Vimanika, but, it isn’t the end of the road, as Karan promises that the next issue of Sixth, is going to be a better product. In fact, it would be a full blown Graphic Novel, by the name of Legend of Karna, or LOK, as he likes it to be called.

The issue is currently out, and I had the chance to experience it, and should agree that it’s a phenomenal achievement, way better than any of Vimanika’s earlier attempts. But then again, it’s a topic for a different post, so we will see about that in the new year.

"Vimanika is pretty careful in not diluting the mythological legends, while devising their plots. In short, they stay close to the source, and invent within a rigid boundaries."

While taking an overall check, Sixth and Moksha #2, are indeed a way better instalments, despite their shortcoming, then the #1 set which came out last year.

There are some remarkable improvements, especially in the editorial, as the spelling mistakes, which was quite a sore sight in #0 or #1 issues, has now been taken care of, as renowned former Marvel editor, Nel Yamatov, freelanced for Moksha #3 LOK #1the #2 set. But, still those glaring spelling mistakes could be found in the other feature pages, which I am sure wouldn’t have passed Yamatov’s care :).

Both Moksha and Sixth #2 issues are currently available on sale in newsstands, with a bonus free #0 issue accompanying the package. So, pick them up if you would like to catch up on the action, before the #3 issues hit the stands.

Here are the Previews, for Moksha #3 and Sixth #3 (which would incidentally be LOK #1). I will leave to make your call, on the breathtaking Cover arts. I love them, and eagerly looking forward for the same.

With this I end our Vimanika #2 set review post, which had been long pending. I now feel a shy of relief, as I had to come up with a lot of excuses to Karan of Vimanika, for the post’s whereabouts. At the end of the day, whether he would a pleased man, with this review, is something which only he could reveal to all :)New Year 2010 FireworksAnd before I close, Tinkle Happy New Year 2010Wish you all a Happy New Year 2010, my friends.

New Year 2010May more and more comics shower at your doorsteps, and you be richer by more wealth and joy at your disposal :). Remember to spend quality time with your family, but also remember to chase your own dreams, at your own rights.

Here is a Tinkle Greeting, which I received today, and thought would be a nice way to share the joy, with some of the favourite characters, who made our childhood memories sweeter. Adios Amigos !!

21 ComiComments:

one more new type of comic..thanks for sharing..


உங்களிடமிருந்து மீண்டும் ஒர் நடுநிலையான விமர்சனப்பதிவு. மோக்சாவின் சித்திரங்கள் சிறப்பாக உள்ளன. தமிழ் மொழியிலும் காமிக்ஸ் துறை வளர்ச்சி பெற வேண்டும் எனும் எண்ணம் உங்கள் பதிவால் எழுகிறது. கரன் அவர்களிற்கு என் பாராட்டுக்கள்.

Thank You Rafiq, yes iam Pleased indeed :)

But eagerly waiting for my real babies to be reviewed -which would really take Vimanika to the next level i believe :)

The Sixth Lok # 1

Moksha "The Gift" # 03

and offcourse Dashaavatar Vol # 1

Neverthless This post was fantastic!

Karan Vir

Nice post Rafiq. I will start buying Moksha Sixth series.
Any idea these comics can be delivered at home.
Let me check the website.


Rafiq just wanted to let you know that I was not able to post using my Google account.


ரஃபிக், சர்வதேச தரத்தில் இந்தியாவில் காமிக்ஸ்கள் உருவாக்கப்படுவது மகிழ்ச்சியை தருகிறது. சினிமாவிலும் காமிக்ஸ்க்ளிலும் வட இந்தியர்கள் காட்டிடும் முன்னேற்றம் நம்மை பொறாமை கொள்ள வைக்கிறது. எனினும் மொத்த இந்தியாவை கணக்கில் கொண்டு பெருமை கொள்ள வேண்டியது தான்.

ஆங்கில காமிக்ஸ்களை படிப்பதில் எனக்குள்ள சிரமம் பகுதி பகுதியாக படிப்பது. Vimanika Comics ல் ஏதேனும் Digist வெளியிடும் திட்டம் உள்ளதா?

As Great Post again. I have never heard about these comics until this post. It is really good to see our Art works are improving. the story is like reviving our Ramayan and Mahabarath. Not sure how the OLD generation will take it. As we can see people going to court for everything.

I would be happy to see ponniyin selvan and some of the super hit tamil novels in Comics format. Hope that day comes too.

rafiq, nice post onceagain! as an artist iam looking for job as cartoonist or comics artist in taminadu itself. And onemore thing is, i went to bookfair2010, it's sad for me that i didn't get any single issue of lion or muthu in that large bookfair. we dont get tamil comics books in chennai means its really a upset for me :-( . friends anyof you got our lion and muthu boks in bookfair, can you pls tell me in which stalls those books available??

@ க.காதலன்: மோக்சாவின் சித்திரங்கள் சமீபத்தில் நான் படித்த இந்திய காமிக்ஸ் முயற்சிகளில் சிறந்த ஒன்றாகவே படுகிறது. தமிழ் காமிக்ஸும், இந்தளவு முன்னேறும் நாட்களை ஆவலுடன் எதிர்பார்க்கிறேன். கரன்னுக்கு உங்கள் பாராட்டுகள் சேர்ப்பிக்கபட்டுவிட்டன. கருத்துக்கும், வருகைக்கும் நன்றி நண்பரே.

நண்பர் கரண், உங்கள் கருத்தை, அவருக்கு மொழி பெயர்த்து தர சொன்னார்... எனவே...

Kaathalan said ...

Rafiq, another unbiased review from you. The artwork of Moksha is exemplary. I only hope that the same kind of developments also happen in the Tamil Comics field, after reading your post. Congrats, to Mr. Karan.

@ Karan Vir: Welcome aboard, my friend. I agree that your bigger better versions of LOK and Dashavatar are going to be a landmark issue in Indian Comics. I will reserve from talking more about the series, until they reach my hands. :)

Congrats on the Moksha Award, and Best of Luck for your future success.

@ Mr. Walker: You are most welcome, dude.

@ Vishal: As long as I can track your comments with your name, there are no problems dude.

Vimanika has a yearly subscription, based on which you can get their comics delivered at your doorstep. I hope you would have got the necessary details, from their website. If not, don't hesitate to email Karan @

@ Siv: தமிழ்நாட்டில் காமிக்ஸ் முயற்சிகள் மேற்கொள்ளும் பதிப்பகங்கள், அவற்றை ஒரு பகுதி நேர வெளியீடாக நினைப்பதே, நமது தரம் முன்னேறாமல் இருப்பதற்கு காரணம்.

உதாரணத்திற்கு விமானிக்காவை எடுத்து கொள்ளுங்கள்... அவர்களின் நிறுவனம் ஆரம்பிக்கபட்டதே காமிக்ஸ் என்ற தொழிற்காக தான். அதன் வெளிப்பாடகவே, அவர்கள் வெளியீடுகளில் தரத்திற்கான அற்பணிப்பு காண கிடைக்கிறது.

தமிழ் காமிக்ஸும் சர்வதேச தரத்தை எட்டும் என்று நாம் நம்புவோமாக.

கரணிற்காக உங்கள் கருத்தை மொழிபெயர்த்து விடுகிறேன்.

Siv said ...

Rafiq, It's good to know that Comics in India, are being developed with an International standard. I can't hide my jealosy, seeing the North Indians advancing so much in the fields of Comics, and Movies. However, keeping the larger India in focus, I can only be proud of the same.

One of the difficulties, I have over reading the English Comics, is to wait for the parts to arrive. Does providing a Digest Version is in the plans of Vimanika ?

My take on the digest question:

Generally, it is common practice in Comics industries elsewhere, to consolidate their monthly issues, into one or two volumes for later period. But considering that Indian comics market is still not up to an international standard either from the publishers, or from the comics readership, seeing that into fruition may not be a practical option.

I will leave the question to be answered by Karan himself.

@ Suresh: Good that I was able to help you identify this comic, my friend. They are freely available on all leading book stores, including our favorite hunting ground, Landmark.

Vimanika is pretty careful in not diluting the mythological legends, while devising their plots. For instance, Hanuman or Parashuram aren't shown in any compromising situations, neither the Karna, who is shown only as a reincarnation figure in the modern world. In short, they stay close to the source, and invent within a rigid boundaries. Hopefully, they would maintain it, and the comic lovers would welcome the change.

I too wish that our great classics like Ponniyin Selvan, are given their due credit in the comics format, with international quality. It looks it might materialize with some publishers showing interest to try out waters in the Comics field. Let's hope 4 the best, until then we would have to rely on our English counterparts achievements :)

@ Cap Tiger: I believe you would have known by now that Book Fair does have our Lion / Muthu Comics on sale through an initative by our fellow comic fans. To know more on the same, check out this post on Chennai Book Fair 2010

Best of Luck in your search for a job in our favorite Comics industry. With new publishers in the fray, it may not be far b4 you achieve the same.

Well Siv ,

Rafiq is correct from his perspective. cant promise Digests but we will be taking out GN volumes interms of Lok and Dashaavatar but Moksha we will keep in bimonthly issues based and do our best to come up to the international standards what Rafiq mentioned above especially u will see more consistency after the Moksha # 03 which will be out this month!While Lok and Dashaavatar we will keep 6 monthly since they are 60 pages GN but we will over the time improve thr too! :)

Hi Rafiq, i m glad 2 know that u still remember my comic characters like Bahadur, Azad, Shuja etc. While surfing I also realised that you are eager to read the complete story of Daud, that is safe with me. Usman, a friend had scanned the whole story. I'll request him 2 upload it for you. I m on facebook. Keep in touch. Aabid Surti

@ Karan Vir: Thanks for clarifying the air on the GN and Monthly issues. Hope to see your new ventures hitting the stands sooner.

@ Aabid: Dear Abidji, I am so glad to have received the presence of comics visionary like you in my humble blog.

Your comic characters, would always live in the memory, as it had all ingredients which were needed for the time in which they were published. I am hoping that someday they would make it appearance again, in either comics format, or probably in Daily strips. That would be a good change over from the current foreign strips occupying all the English and Vernacular Dailies/Sundays. But, I know it would be difficult as the veterans who breathed life with their art into your strips are now not with us. But still, there should be some who can bring in their style to the art, atleast I believe it so. Hopefully, you know your creations better than me :)

I would be eager to read the Daud, and good to know that it's with Usman only. Looking forward for the online version of the same :).

Thanks much for your visit and comment.

Thank you Siv and Kaathalan for your kind wishes!!! :)


Rafiq just wanted to let you know that I was not able to post using my Google account.



உங்களிடமிருந்து மீண்டும் ஒர் நடுநிலையான விமர்சனப்பதிவு. மோக்சாவின் சித்திரங்கள் சிறப்பாக உள்ளன. தமிழ் மொழியிலும் காமிக்ஸ் துறை வளர்ச்சி பெற வேண்டும் எனும் எண்ணம் உங்கள் பதிவால் எழுகிறது. கரன் அவர்களிற்கு என் பாராட்டுக்கள்.

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