Mumbai Confidential Book 1 by Saurav Mohapatra
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This is stylish, sophisticated, and metropolitan: a fresh entry in the noir genre with an Asian twist.
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From writer Saurav Mohapatra (WITCHBLADE, DEVI) and artist Vivek Shinde (SNAKE WOMAN, PROJECT: KALKI) comes a hard-boiled tale of crime, punishment, and redemption in the seedy underbelly of Mumbai. Five years ago, Arjun Kadam used to be a cop, a rising star in the ranks of the Mumbai Encounter Squad-an elite unit tasked by the powers-that-be to carry out extrajudicial executions of notorious gangsters. But the death of his pregnant wife at childbirth derailed his life and set him off on a spiral of depression and drug addiction, a pale shadow of his former self. When Kadam is the victim of a hit-and-run that also claims the life of a street urchin, he goes into coma for a month. Upon awakening, he finds a new sense of purpose and pursues the investigation, taking him on a journey through the deep, dark heart of Mumbai - from the glitzy tinsel of Bollywood, to the dank depths of the Mumbai Underworld, where the line between the police and the criminals has been blurred beyond recognition by his ex-colleagues on the Encounter Squad, who are now de-facto gangsters in uniform, running the very same extortion rackets they were tasked to eradicate. Obsessed with his mission, Kadam sets off a desperate gambit of deadly intrigue and deception that pits him against the very machine of violence and corruption he once helped create. 
 "Gorgeously noir." - Ron Marz (WITCHBLADE, ARTIFACTS, SHINKU, GREEN LANTERN) "Gritty art and powerful writing."- David Lloyd (V FOR VENDETTA, KICKBACK)"Mohapatra's dialogue is sharp and his script is innovative, putting a clever twist on the genre. Shinde's lush and gorgeous cinematic art impresses the most, from strongly individual faces and photorealistic body language to a deep and rich range of shadows and light, water and blood. This is stylish, sophisticated, and metropolitan: a fresh entry in the noir genre with an Asian twist." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY  "It reads like a sub-continental version of SIN CITY and has all the best elements of classic crime noir, with twists, turns, violence and corruption, all played out in the grimy, monsoon ridden streets of Mumbai and the glamour of Bollywood instead of downtown LA and the Hollywood Hills." - PIPEDREAM COMICS
 

About Saurav Mohapatra

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Originally from India, Saurav Mohapatra currently lives in California and has written Devi, Sadhu, India Authentic and Ryders for Virgin Comics. He co-created Mumbai Macguffin and Jimmy Zhingchak for Virgin Comics and has contributed to the second volume of The Phantom Chronicles by Moonstone Books.Vivek Shinde is a Mumbai-based artist who has worked on Snakewoman and Project: Kalki for Virgin Comics. He co-created and drew the newspaper strip Special Officer Sawant for Mid-Day, a Mumbai daily. He's also a freelance illustrator, concept/storyboard artist and a painter specializing in photoreal.
 
Published May 21, 2013 by Archaia. 156 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense.
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on Jun 03 2013

This is stylish, sophisticated, and metropolitan: a fresh entry in the noir genre with an Asian twist.

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