Friday, October 21, 2016

Daksh

Rating: 3.5/5
Read between October 19th 2016 to October 20th, 2016

Edition Details:
Format: Paperback
Page Count : 96
Publisher: Level 10
Story: Shamik Dasgupta
Art: Biboswan Bose and Devmalya Pramanik
Colors: Neeraj Menon,Santosh Pilewar & Vishwanath Manokaran
Letters: Tazeen Shaikh & Xong Brothers

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Daksh is a Yamdoot. He was there to guard the gates of Narak. But then he fell in love. And Yamdoots are not supposed to do that.
He opened the gates so that his lover could escape from Narak. But then all hell broke loose. Seeing the opportunity a lot of sinners escaped from the hell and returned to earth to do what they were best in doing. They all have got hell flesh now which gives them more power than a normal human. The greater the sinner the more powerful he became. And they  don't want to come back to hell again.
When Yamraj finds about it, Daksh is held responsible.  He throws Daksh to earth and orders him  to bring back all the sinners.
And Yamraj has decreed that till he desn't brings back the whole souls that have escaped his lover would be tortured daily.
Will he be able to do the required task?
Read the graphic novel to find out.

Daksh is one of the few Indian   graphic novels out there which are written for mature audience. So my rating is:
Story : 3.5/5
When i was reading the story i felt at times that a lot was happening too fast. I know Daksh had to finish the job in record time  but it felt a little rushed. I felt if the story could have been a little bit slow then the time would have been used in developing Bijula godse. Her little backstory could have been given assigned some panels instead of just a line. And the other gripe of mine regarding it was the end. It was confusing. We are not shown what happened next? Whether he was able to rescue his loved one? What happened to his partner? There were a lot of questions that were left unanswered which i hope would be answered soon?

Artwork : 3.5/5
The art work is dark and gritty but for me the indian characters didn't look enough Indian. I don't know what was missing but neither Bijula Godse, nor the other characters felt like they were Indian. Here i'm not saying because of the cloths that they wore but because of the way they were drawn. It may be me only. Also, it may be difficult to draw Indian looking characters but such problem was not seen in they way Caucasian characters were drawn.Japanese characters too looked a little off.

In the end i would it was  a good attempt and i hope level ten will produce more such graphic novels for mature audience.

If you are into graphic novels you should definitely check it out. If you have read it then do tell me what did you thought about it?

You can get the book from the following link:
Amazon

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