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200 superheroes to the rescue

books Updated: Oct 16, 2011 14:40 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
Hindustan Times
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Year after year, when the evil has grown too much to be ignored, comic superheroes have forged alliances to fight them off. Now, at Mumbai’s first Comic Con, 200 superheroes including Madman, Faust, Captain Canuck, Tick, Gumby, E-Man, Zen, Badger, Too Much Coffee Man, Scud, and of course, our very own Karna, will come together to fight evil as part of a six-part series titled War of the Independents. Created by indie artistes from around the world, the comic, created by Dave Ryan, is one of the most awaited in the graphic world.

The story goes as follows: When villains attempt to create an inter-dimensional doorway to conquer the world, they end up confronting a plethora of heroes from across the multiverse, who come together to stop them. Vimanika Comics’ Karna is India’s representative and owner Karan Vir Arora is overjoyed. “We (Dave and he) broke the ice on Facebook. He saw our titles and told us that he was searching for a character from every country to feature in the book, and asked if he could take one of ours,” says Arora, adding that Vimanika picked Karna as he was their signature character.

The first book introduces Karna, but it is only in the second and third part that the character is developed. “We sent Dave our files and he is the one who conceived the storylines, characters and the main villain and his minions,” says Arora, adding that Dave developed Karna as a “warrior from India”, who is a hero and a master of archery. “He was also impressed by his antics with the sword, whiplash and acrobatic prowess.”

The book in itself has been in the making for five years and has, for the first time ever in a single comic series, over 200 independent and creator-owned comic characters for the largest, most ambitious, inter-company crossover ever.

But Dave was up for the challenge. When asked about his book, he had earlier said, “War of the Independents finds all these characters dealing with a legitimate threat, not something farcical. And I promise, you will love to hate these villains.”