Item description for Devi Volume 1: Namaha (Devi) by Samit Basu...
Remember the first time you saw Japanese comics? The excitement. The buzz. The sales! Here comes the next big thing - storytelling and comics from India. Devi (pronounced Day-vee) is India's first super-hero. Tara Mehta, an unsuspecting young woman in the futuristic Indian city, Sitapur is the Devi. She has no idea that she is about to become the centerpiece of a divine battle between the Gods of Light and the demon Lord Bala. Devi is a powerhouse of a story about a young woman battling for survival in a landscape of ancient legends, duty and fate. She walks the line between tradition, destiny and free will. Where will she fall? Between the Divine and the Diabolical there is Devi.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.1" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.2" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jul 4, 2007
Publisher Virgin Comics
ISBN 1934413003 ISBN13 9781934413005
Reviews - What do customers think about Devi Volume 1: Namaha (Devi)?
Wonderful comic book Apr 7, 2008
This comic books is amazing. The drawing is neat and perfect, and it works very well at telling the story it's telling. I loved the way in which the drawing melded reality with... let's call it "far away" when Tara turns into the Devi.
The characters are amazing, each of them unique and with a strong personality, making you want to know more of each one.
The story told is also a very good one, and the only cliché found in its pages is the story of the woman who suddenly gets this powers that she hasn't asked for. It reminds a little of Sara Pezzini and the Witchblade in that sense.
All in all this one is a recommended lecture. I have the following two pre ordered and I really want to lay my hands on them!!! ;)
She's Fresh Jan 12, 2008
Indian comic books. Not a familiar concept, but as Shekhar Kapur's Devi has proven, it can be an amazing breath of fresh air. When I picked up this book, my main fear was that its use of Hindu legends & mythology would go over my head. After all, I'm neither Hindu nor Indian.
That fear was put to rest. Devi is an amazing comic about gods, demons, belief, and the worth of one's humanity. The action is good, the characters are believable, and the artwork is simply stunning. Tara's transformation into the Devi is inspired.
The only thing that keeps this review from receiving a full 5 stars is that I felt we didn't get to know Tara too well. There were perhaps four pages in the entire story that showed us Tara before her transformation began. Sure, this is remedied in the second volume, but I felt a little cheated for an origin story.
Still, Devi is an awesome comic. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good story with good art.
Excellent and Impressive Jan 6, 2008
A friend of mine not too long ago just happened to mention to me that there was a recent story on NPR about Indian comic books available in the US. As a big comic book enthusiast, I had to check them out, and Devi was the very first one I read. I have to say that Virgin Comics is doing a wonderful service by bringing these great comics to the US. Devi is a superb comic that has it all - great art, great writing, and a good story.
The story follows Tara, a beautiful young woman and girlfriend of a powerful Indian gangster, who is also destined to be the Devi, a mortal goddess incarnate who is to save humanity from the power of the dark demon god Lord Bala (think Lord of the Rings' Sauron combined with a bat and you have him). As Tara is captured by a mysterious, ancient cult in order to bring about her incarnation as Devi, she runs afoul of Kratha, a renegade mystical assassin who had quit the forces of heaven and is working for herself, and one of Lord Bala's generals, who has been undercover as Tara's boyfriend. Another interested party is the rakish, alcoholic but virtuous detective Singh, who has noticed a lot of strange mystical happenings going on lately.
You might think of this as a new interpretation of the Image Witchblade comic - indeed, they share similar concepts: a beautiful young woman with a mythic destiny, imbued with occult power, fights demonic powers in a dark, crumbling urban landscape. However, this comic goes out of its way to make things seem fresh and new. Everything here seems novel and well-thought-out, and has a distinctly different cultural flavor to it, which is something I think American comics need. The art is spectacular - highly detailed, but still in a grand comic book style. The dialogue is also great - the characters are fairly conversational in their speech, and even the kinds of exposition and exchanges that are so often awkward in most American comics work. There are also some really well done, novel turns of phrase here that are sure to please. I highly recommend this comic to anyone interested in a good comic book read. Enjoy!
Devi is Divine Dec 13, 2007
This is one of the most original comic ideas in years. I get these issues monthly and they are fantastic. The mix of Indian lore with contemporary time makes Devi awesome. The way way the character is drawn in the first pages make her very hot. Plus Lord Bala is real horrific in his true manifestation. This is a good buy.
Awesome comic! Aug 6, 2007
I love to read comics and for those of you who don't think hindu mythology and comics are not even correlated... well remember the hindu gods have more than 4 arms.... and how many comics and cartoons have used that concept. Well here's the derivative of that! Devi was a quick read and excellent. I was amazed at the graphics and i could'nt have pictured this graphic novel any better (and belive me i always find some faults in almost every comic I read). As a fellow hindu, i really liked this comic b/c i can give it to my little cousins to read as well, it's similar to the stories that were told me as a child. It's even awesomer that you get to see pictures with it as well.
I'm totally hooked. I even bought a few other indian based comics and i'm gonna get started on those.