Far back in the deepest recesses of mythology lies the most heroic villain whose tale was ever told. The demon-king Ravana, born of a union between the holiest of mortals and a demon princess, has risen from an obscure beginning at a hermitage to conquer not just hell but also heaven. No less than a god to his own people, he is the sheer embodiment of evil to his enemies. This arrogant demon brooks no hindrance to snatching his heart's desire, and his terror seems unstoppable to god and human alike. But he makes a mistake when he abducts the wife of Lord Rama, the exiled divine ruler of Ayodhya. Ravana is a story of a demon who dared to challenge the gods, and almost got away with it. But, like many other rulers, his downfall proved to be his desire for a woman. Or was there more to it, so that a gifted scholar and family man like Ravana should choose to throw it all away by challenging the invincible Lord Rama, that too through the despicable act of abduction? Culminating in a massive battle at his island fortress, Ravana's tale is one that will incite awe and fear simultaneously. Whose side was this enigma on really, good or evil? The obvious answer seems to be but one: his own. Or was he really? This graphic novel seeks to explore that question, and others.
- T (Teen)
- September 15, 2012