Mumbai Confidential, Book 1: Good Cop, Bad Cop

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From writer Saurav Mohapatra (WITCHBLADE, DEVI) and artist Vivek Shinde (SNAKE WOMAN, PROJECT: KALKI) comes a hard-boiled tale of crime, punishment, and redemption in the seedy underbelly of Mumbai. Five years ago, Arjun Kadam used to be a cop, a rising star in the ranks of the Mumbai Encounter Squad-an elite unit tasked by the powers-that-be to carry out extrajudicial executions of notorious gangsters. But the death of his pregnant wife at childbirth derailed his life and set him off on a spiral of depression ...

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From writer Saurav Mohapatra (WITCHBLADE, DEVI) and artist Vivek Shinde (SNAKE WOMAN, PROJECT: KALKI) comes a hard-boiled tale of crime, punishment, and redemption in the seedy underbelly of Mumbai. Five years ago, Arjun Kadam used to be a cop, a rising star in the ranks of the Mumbai Encounter Squad-an elite unit tasked by the powers-that-be to carry out extrajudicial executions of notorious gangsters. But the death of his pregnant wife at childbirth derailed his life and set him off on a spiral of depression and drug addiction, a pale shadow of his former self. When Kadam is the victim of a hit-and-run that also claims the life of a street urchin, he goes into coma for a month. Upon awakening, he finds a new sense of purpose and pursues the investigation, taking him on a journey through the deep, dark heart of Mumbai - from the glitzy tinsel of Bollywood, to the dank depths of the Mumbai Underworld, where the line between the police and the criminals has been blurred beyond recognition by his ex-colleagues on the Encounter Squad, who are now de-facto gangsters in uniform, running the very same extortion rackets they were tasked to eradicate. Obsessed with his mission, Kadam sets off a desperate gambit of deadly intrigue and deception that pits him against the very machine of violence and corruption he once helped create. “Gorgeously noir.” - Ron Marz (WITCHBLADE, ARTIFACTS, SHINKU, GREEN LANTERN) “Perfect example of noir storytelling in comics.” - GEEKADELPHIA.COM “Mohapatra's dialogue is sharp and his script is innovative, putting a clever twist on the genre. Shinde's lush and gorgeous cinematic art impresses the most, from strongly individual faces and photorealistic body language to a deep and rich range of shadows and light, water and blood. This is stylish, sophisticated, and metropolitan: a fresh entry in the noir genre with an Asian twist.” - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY “It reads like a sub-continental version of SIN CITY and has all the best elements of clas

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Down these mean streets a man must go, but the dark alleys and squalid corners in question are not in New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles—traditional settings for noir—but rather in Mumbai, India’s capital and its biggest city. This sumptuously illustrated and crisply written graphic novel focuses on Kadam, a cop on the Mumbai Encounter Squad, the (real-life) police unit authorized to bring down the city’s underworld through on-site executions. Battered by personal problems, physical attacks, and spiritual doubt, Kadam attempts to untangle the dark secrets of the Squad that have blurred the line between criminal and cop. Mohapatra’s dialogue is sharp and his script is innovative, putting a clever twist on the genre. Shinde (Snakewoman, Project: Kalki) draws the majority of the book, but other artists draw short interludes in distinctively different styles; the juxtaposition is additive rather than jarring, deftly representing Mumbai’s vast tapestry of peoples and cultures. Shinde’s lush and gorgeous cinematic art impresses the most, from strongly individual faces and photorealistic body language to a deep and rich range of shadows and light, water and blood. This is stylish, sophisticated, and metropolitan: a fresh entry in the noir genre with an Asian twist. (May)
Library Journal
A face-off between a dirty cop and a dirtier cop opens this Asian noir drama based loosely on reports about real-life Indian “encounter cops” who illegally kill criminals in cold blood. Former cop and newly widowed Arjun Kadam fights to investigate the hit-and-run killing of a street urchin who offered him a rose. Getting to the bottom of the crime—and avenging the victim—sends Kadam spiraling into an incestuous Mumbai criminal underground, where alliances and antagonisms among criminals and crime fighters eat up the guilty and less guilty alike. As characters flip between good and bad, the story flips back and forth in time, pushing the reader to work out the complete picture through a haze of blood, monsoons, smoke, and Hindi phrases interwoven for atmosphere.

Verdict The twisty plot, well-tuned slang dialog, and unpredictable characters make this an appealing read for adult crime noir buffs looking for an international take on classic tropes. Shinde’s fine-painted art, in subdued color realism, is truly suited for this tale. Plenty of violence and strong language plus some inexplicit sex.—Martha Cornog, Philadelphia
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936393657
  • Publisher: Archaia
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,055,075
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Saurav writes comics. He’s written WITCHBLADE for Image/TopCow, PHANTOM for Moonstone and DEVI, SADHU, INDIA AUTHENTIC, MUMBAI MACGUFFIN and JIMMY ZHINGCHAK – AGENT OF D.I.S.C.O. for Virgin Comics. He lives in northern California with two mutant kittens. All he wants for his birthday is a wall to wall aquarium full of ‘freakin’ sharks with freakin’ laser beams’ on their head.

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