Vimanarama

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Vimanarama
Philip Bond's cover for the Vimanarama trade
Publication information
Publisher Vertigo Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Mini-series
Publication date 2005
No. of issues 3
Creative team
Written by Grant Morrison
Artist(s) Philip Bond

Vimanarama is a three-issue fictional comic book mini-series written by Grant Morrison, with art by Philip Bond, and published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics. Set in the United Kingdom, it follows the Jack Kirby-esque story of Ali, a British Asian man who must confront ancient monsters inspired by Indian folklore, as well as more mundane crises in his family and personal life.

Synopsis[edit]

It is the story of Ali, a young British Asian man awaiting the arrival of his unseen arranged marriage. A baby in his family accidentally opens a path to the centre of the Earth, unleashing ancient monsters hell-bent on destroying the world. Only the Ultra-Hadeen, a team of ancient and somewhat naive superheroes, can stop them.

Ali also must deal with several personal family crises, most of them influenced by the presence of the super-beings.

Influences[edit]

The story is a Jack Kirby-like (in particular his ancient astronaut series The Eternals) take on ancient Indian tales, for example the Vedas (a vimana as a flying plane, for example) and Mahabharata. It also has an Arabian Nights-style romance mixed with a large dash of psychedelia and general oddness.

Morrison has said that the idea arose after 9-11 when his research into Islam led him on to the ancient epic tales of India and some of the more speculative theories of people like David Hatcher Childress. He states: "I just liked the idea of taking all the pomp and high holiness of one of the world's great religions...and turning it into a Jack Kirby comic."[1]

Reception[edit]

Vimanarama has received largely positive reviews. Critics praised the series's imaginative original setting[2][3], its humor[4], its bright and high-quality illustrations[3], and its vibrant story and characters[4][2], although some reviewers criticized it for attempting to fit too many ideas into too short of a series, leaving elements of the story underdeveloped[5].

Publications[edit]

Released in three parts, starting in February 2005, Vimanarama was subsequently collected into a single volume that was released in January 2006:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inside Morrison's Head: Leaving Marvel Vimanarama, & More" Archived 2009-08-05 at the Wayback Machine., Newsarama, August 11, 2003
  2. ^ a b Wainwright, Martin (10 Feb 2005). "New take on life in Bradford". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 April 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Review of issue #1, Comics Bulletin
  4. ^ a b "Fiction Book Review: Vimanarama". Publisher's Weekly. January 2, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  5. ^ Carroll, Tobias (March 3, 2016). "Kill Your Boyfriend/Vimanarama Deluxe Edition by Grant Morrison, Philip Bond & D'Israeli". Paste Magazine. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 

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