Avril Brown of Comics Waiting Room brings us her review of Archaia’s ‘Mumbai Confidential’, a hardboiled crime-noir tale set in Mumbai.
Arjun Kadam is a man who has been through hell. Within the first two issues readers are teased with glimpses into the life of this complex character, and he has more than a few stories to tell. As a former cop of Mumbai he was one of the men eliminating the criminal element one bullet at a time, but as far as Kadam was concerned he was a murderer. As a widower he’s left with a gaping hole instead of a heart, and very little to live for. As an addict, he struggles daily with his demons. As a new comic book character, he is gold; the kind of beat-up, weathered, anti-hero readers want to root for every step of the way on out of the hole he’s found himself in, knowing the journey is going to be an unforgettable bitch of a trip.
Mohapatra is writing an intense, powerful story here, and Shinde is painting each panel so perfectly it is almost if they are in each other’s heads. The unforgiving and brutal story material is tempered by Kadam’s smart-ass inner monologue, and the noir-style art has splashes of color and provides snapshots of raw emotion, making it impossible to look away, let alone not be affected by what is unfolding. With a creative team this hot and in sync, MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL can only keep getting more remarkable from here on out, and with the first two issues being this impressive, that is saying a lot.
You can more of this article here. ‘Mumbai Confidential’ written by Saurav Mohapatra and illustrated by Vivek Shinde. The first two parts of this comic are available on comiXology. The printed version will be available this fall.