18 Days: the fantasy hindu of Grant Morrison | Review


Published on Oct 19, 2017


More than five years ago, he had already seen among the shelves of Italian 18 Days, a work scripted by Grant Morrison, that he wanted to take the religious text of hindu Mahabharata, an experiment between different medium: not only comics, but also a motion comic and a video game. To November 2017 (on the occasion of Lucca Comics & Games) the ManFont, to relaunch itself as a publishing house, reprint the complete works of Morrison (in Italy published by Graphic India) to the inside of the necklace MF Project.

But who is the team creator of 18 Days? Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles) does not need presentations. The writer of the scottish availed itself of the collaboration of Gotham Chopra and Sharad Devarajan to the lyrics, but, instead, to illustrate this modern version of the Mahabharata is the indian artist Jeevan Kang, flanked by the Italian Francesco Biagini.

But what you will find in front of the readers of 18 Days, especially those who know nothing of the hindu religion and its sacred texts? A fantasy sci-fi, in a few words, based on a classic war between Good, represented by the Pandavas and the Evil, symbolized by the Kaurava: the two clans, related to each other, fighting for generations, on the end of the Third age, the last before corruption, full of humanity (according to the continuous cycle between the Ages of Gold, Silver, Copper and Iron). Real means-of, are side-by-side in the war from the gods that they worship, including the well-known Krishna (which, however, has sworn not to participate actively in the violence of the fighting).

The average reader finds himself definitely with the kicker in front of so many characters with a rich background, of which we know little or nothing: the hindu mythology, in fact, has certainly not the same spread of the Greek or nordic, at least in the West. However, the plot shows, however, simple: two opposing sides that are fighting each other in what will probably be a last great battle. But it is enough to keep the reader interested?

Undoubtedly the greatest attraction of 18 Days is not the screenplay, or however the script, but the illustrations by Jeevan Kang and his graphic interpretation of the characters and their clothing, especially weapons and armor: leafing through the volume, you can't think of the Asgard Jack Kirby and the way in which he studied the norse mythology in the key of science fiction.

Nevertheless, for the reader it can be difficult to enter in the history: the introduction (in the style of the first film of the Lord of The Rings) does his duty, but after a few pages you find yourself confused, it is understandable. The screenplay of the Morrison is limited to accompany the low, the rich and colorful illustrations of Kang.

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