Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sita's Ramayana

Author: Samhite Arni
Stars: 1
Review by: Mandy Apgar

A graphic novel based off of the epic Ramayana, where the beautiful Sita is kidnapped by a demon and has to defend her honor to her spouse Rama after a series of adventures - later giving birth to his child and essentially proving her honesty years later. The retelling is nice in that it is more so from Sita's point of view but the overall and great problem is that the art is frankly terrible. Done by painter Moyna Chitrakar, the figures are simplistic, lumpy, and bear none of the dignity or grace befitting the piece. The monkey god Hanuman looks more so like a cross between Herman Munster and a constipated dog than a monkey. The art just looks like it was done by a child and it is so poorly executed at times as to be very distracting.

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