Superman Author's New Book Based on Mahabharata

By Arun Kumar

Washington, Mar 26 (IANS): A new illustrated script book based on the Indian epic Mahabharata by Grant Morrison, the writer of comics like "All Star Superman", "Batman & Robin" and the "Invisibles" is set to hit the US market in August.

'Grant Morrison's 18 Days' is a re-imagining of the great Indian epic, Mahabharata and tells the story of three generations of super-warriors, meeting for the final battle of their age, Dynamite Entertainment and Liquid Comics said announcing a publishing partnership to release the book.

The scale is epic, wherein the biggest armies ever conceived of face one another across the ultimate battlefield to decide the fate of the future, they said.

"18 Days follows the course of the climactic war that concludes the Third Age and begins the Dark Age we all now live in. It is the prototype for every war ever fought - and at its heart lies a warning for all of us and a message that can change lives."

Though the animated series remains in pre-production at Liquid Comics and co-owner Perspective Studios, the illustrated hardcover book featuring the original scripts created by Grant Morrison for his animated project will allow readers a first glimpse into the mythic universe created by superstar writer.

Grant's groundbreaking story is matched perfectly with dozens of original illustrations created by acclaimed Indian artist, Mukesh Singh (Devi, Gamekeeper, Shadow Hunter).

Grant Morrison commented: "18 Days is a labour of love made all the more exciting by having a collaborator as original and groundbreaking as Mukesh. His techno-Vedic superheroes and spectacular scenes of cosmic warfare bring a dazzling new and contemporary dimension to one of the world's greatest stories."

"18 Days takes one of the most enduring tales of the East and places it in the capable hands of Grant Morrison, one of the greatest storytellers of the West," Liquid's CEO, Sharad Devarajan said.

"Sharad and his partners at Liquid have been able to work with an incredibly gifted group of talented creators, and now they've added Grant Morrison to that list, said. Dynamite's President and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "We're thrilled to be working with them on this, and hopefully many more projects to come."

Liquid and Perspective Studios are currently developing an animated series and video game based on the Grant Morrison story.



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