Can you hear the dull throbbing of vimanas in the sky? Can you smell the burning embers of the morning fires? Can you feel the thud-thud of millions of boots on the ground? Assassins, demons, monsters come together on the battlefield with super-warriors to play out the final battle. There are atomic weapons, lasers, genetically engineered super-elephants. The archetypal underpinning is the story of heroes overcoming hardships and growing in the process.
It’s the Mahabharata, but, as compelling as it is removed from the Mahabharatas of the Indian imagination, Scottish comic book writer and occultist Grant Morrison’s version takes the mythical battle of Kurukshetra into the hyperreal realm of science fiction. “A genre mash of superhero action and mythology grounded in the all-too-human passions of its warriors, villains and monsters” is how Morrison, who’s also working on a TV series to recreate the “greatest human story ever told”, puts it.