Comics Review: Mumbai Confidential, Book One

Mumbai Confidential
Book One: Good Cop, Bad Cop
Written by Saurav Mohapatra
Illustrated by Vivek Shinde
Additional Art by Sid Kotian, Saumin Patel, Vinay Brahmania and Devaki Neogi
Design by Howling Monkey Studio
Edited by Rebecca Taylor
Production Manager Scott Newman
Introduction by Ron Marz
Archaia Entertainment
Release Date: May 8, 2013
Cover Price: $24.95

Mumbai Confidential begins at its climactic finale. Tough-as-nails Heroic-cop whose Fallen-from-grace, Arjun Kadam stares down the barrel of a gun. Flashback to when this case began a few weeks before when this case began. Flashback again to five years before that to when Kadams Fall began. Set in Mumbai, Indias most populated metropolis with a notorious criminal underworld, this is story that tattoos its hardboiled tropes on its sleeve.

Illustrator Vivek Shindes art lovingly evokes grim and ultra-serious pulp fiction. Every page, every panel looks like it should be on the cover of a trashy paperback found on a rickety wire rack 50 or 60 years ago. The color is so washed out that all you can see is the grit and grime on the page. Fans of David Fincher: this book is for you.

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Comic Review: Caped
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By orangerful

Created by Darin Moiselle & Josh Lobis
BY Josh Lobis, Darin Moiselle, Yair Herrera, Sebastian Piriz, Saumin Patel
BOOM! Studios
Release date: September 16, 2009

After a night of protecting the city from villains, when does a superhero find the time and energy to get his suit cleaned or polish up the super-mobile? Not every hero has a butler ready to pick up the drying cleaning — who are these unsung heroes that help keep these super men and women organized? That is the question that must have spawned the comic book series Caped, created by Darin Moiselle and Josh Lobis.

In this comic book series, mild mannered Jimmy Lohman just wants to be a reporter in Capital City. He tries to get his foot in the door by volunteering to be the assistant for the curmudgeonly writer of Action News, Grant Godfried. But Jimmy finds out that investigative journalism is just Grant’s day job — at night, he is The Edge, a superhero who dresses all in black and has blades attached to various parts of his uniform. But Jimmy is not there to be The Edge’s boy wonder; Godfried needs someone to help keep him organized, fill out expense reports, gas up the The Edge’s vehicles, and keep his personal life and super-life in order. It’s a bit more than Jimmy was prepared to handle, but after a night of crime-fighting with The Edge, he decides that the best way to get the story is to stay on as an assistant. And when a super-villain escapes from The League’s headquarters and the blame falls on The Edge, Jimmy becomes determined to clear his hero’s name.

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