Item description for The Sadhu Volume 1: When Realities Collide (Sadhu) by Gotham Chopra...
Sadhus do not know love or hate, desire or fear. They are detached from all emotional ties, devoting themselves to a spiritual journey said to unleash unimaginable powers. It is this ancient tradition that James Jenson is fated to tread but he must first tackle his biggest obstacle yet - himself. When James Jenson, a down-on-his-luck Englishman, is recruited into her majesty Queen Victoria's army and posted with his family in Colonial India, he takes the first step towards meeting his destiny. But a tragic twist of fate sends James on a journey that will force him to choose between spiritual awakening and human instinct, guiding him from a simple soldier to a spiritual warrior. Between oath and instinct there is The Sadhu.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.1" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jul 25, 2007
Publisher Virgin Comics
ISBN 1934413038 ISBN13 9781934413036
Reviews - What do customers think about The Sadhu Volume 1: When Realities Collide (Sadhu)?
This is cool Apr 17, 2008
Forget flaws- what doesn't have them?! Overall this story is very engaging, and the concepts are authentic to yogic mythology. The art is top-notch, and I am excited to read the next installment. We shouldn't forget that it's a graphic novel- a comic, and we shouldn't expect it to be so amazing that we burn up in a spontaneous spiritual enlightenment- taking the book up with us in the flames! It's simply a cool story with cool ideas, good art, and good vibes. Peace to all!
Interesting but flawed Sep 27, 2007
I like Virgin Comics, and I like what they're trying to do. Introducing Indian comics to a Western audience is something I'm surprised hasn't been attempted before, but I'm glad Virgin have given it a shot. It's nice to encounter Asian comics that are attractive both for their cultural uniqueness and for their interesting storylines. I feel I'm in the minority, but I can't stand manga - I find it childish and vapid - and Virgin's Indian titles seem like a breath of fresh air.
That said, judging by this first volume, I'm not sure Sadhu is the best ambassador for Indian comics. It's a great idea: an English officer serving in India in the 19th century finds that he is in fact a sadhu, a kind of warrior-priest, with awesome powers and fighting abilities, which he unwisely uses to exact revenge. However, the execution leaves a little to be desired. This is certainly not the artist's fault; every page is wonderfully rendered. No, this is purely the fault of the writer.
I'm guessing this is Chopra's first attempt at writing comics. His knowledge of pacing and structure in the medium seems to be severely lacking. Consequently, the story doesn't flow at all well. At times, scene transitions are so jarring that I thought I'd accidentally missed a page. Meanwhile, the dialogue often leaves a lot to be desired. This is particularly evident with the English characters in the story. Chopra's knowledge of Victorian British English seems non-existant; I could only imagine Dick Van Dyke saying some of the dialogue and that's never a good thing. That might not bother some readers, but as an Englishman myself, I found it quite distracting at times.
Overall, I would say that I did get some enjoyment from Sadhu, but not as much as I'd hoped. However, the title does show promise, and I will probably be picking up the next volume in the hope that it realises some of its potential as the story progresses.