Yali Dream Creations
Asvin Srivatsangam, Sanal Govind
What makes someone a superhero? Its not the superhuman abilities or the astonishing powers. Even the super villains have them! What differentiates a superhero from a super villain is the humanity. And thats what Yali Dream Creation’s first superhero Rakshak focuses on, which separates it from all other superheroes out there. Rakshak begins with an action packed opening of an undercover operation against jihadis in Kashmir. After which the comics is full of emotions and heartfelt moments of Aditya Shergill with his sister and her family. The issue consists of emotionally powerful scenes as well as action sequences, and the writer perfectly balances the both with just the right amount to create a lasting impact on the readers.
A refreshing concept like this requires a refreshing art, and artist Pramit Santra does complete justice to the story. The readers will take some time and few pages to get used to the unique style of the artist but in the end everyone would agree that Pramit was the right choice. The artwork does a great job in portraying any mood. The artists (both pencils and colors) does an amazing job demonstrating the power of simple, family moments between Aditya Shergill and those around him during his everyday life. In scenes like these, facial expressions and emotions are crucial, and they are well done in this issue. That said, the action scenes are even better, the panel layouts are dynamic and frantic. There is an appropriate level of gore to make violence look realistic with use of heavy red and black tones working to convey the intensity of the scenes. Colors by Prasad Patnaik adds to the mood and emotions of the scenes perfectly.
The bonding between Adiya and her niece Saina is very well written and executed. The scenes of their fights to their bonding over the love of comics works well. Thanks to the scripting prowess of Shamik Dasgupta, he takes his time to build the characters, and readers are able to empathize with them. However there are some weak points as well, the pace of story takes a dip in the middle, and Aditya blaming Ruhi for the incidents is also not very convincing. The dialogues could have been better and more powerful. But rest of the comics makes up for all these shortcomings. For example the action sequences are not exaggerated and looks very real and technically accurate. Kudos to the writer and artist for getting them right. The art, story and aesthetic choices are all reasons that this book deserves a read.
Rakshak’s coming of age story and emotional writing are what set it apart from many of the traditional superhero comics. The superhero comics occasionally focus on heartfelt moments, that Rakshak is full of. It is a refreshing change that makes this comics stand out above all of the rest. Read it for the sincere efforts of the YDC team to bring a refreshing superhero to Indian comics.