Vimanarama is a three-issue fictional comic book mini-series written by Grant Morrison, with art by Philip Bond, and published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics. Set in the United Kingdom, it follows the Jack Kirby-esque story of Ali, a British Asian man who must confront ancient monsters inspired by Indian folklore, as well as more mundane crises in his family and personal life.
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|Written by||Grant Morrison|
It is the story of Ali, a young British Asian man awaiting the arrival of his unseen arranged marriage. A baby in his family accidentally opens a path to the centre of the Earth, unleashing ancient monsters hell-bent on destroying the world. Only the Ultra-Hadeen, a team of ancient and somewhat naive superheroes, can stop them.
Ali also must deal with several personal family crises, most of them influenced by the presence of the super-beings.
The story is a Jack Kirby-like (in particular his ancient astronaut series The Eternals) take on ancient Indian tales, for example the Vedas (a vimana as a flying plane, for example) and Mahabharata. It also has an Arabian Nights-style romance mixed with a large dash of psychedelia and general oddness.
Morrison has said that the idea arose after 9-11 when his research into Islam led him on to the ancient epic tales of India and some of the more speculative theories of people like David Hatcher Childress. He states: "I just liked the idea of taking all the pomp and high holiness of one of the world's great religions...and turning it into a Jack Kirby comic."
Vimanarama has received largely positive reviews. Critics praised the series's imaginative original setting, its humor, its bright and high-quality illustrations, and its vibrant story and characters, although some reviewers criticized it for attempting to fit too many ideas into too short of a series, leaving elements of the story underdeveloped.
- "Inside Morrison's Head: Leaving Marvel Vimanarama, & More" Archived 2009-08-05 at the Wayback Machine, Newsarama, August 11, 2003
- Wainwright, Martin (10 Feb 2005). "New take on life in Bradford". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
- Review of issue #1, Comics Bulletin
- "Fiction Book Review: Vimanarama". Publisher's Weekly. January 2, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
- Carroll, Tobias (March 3, 2016). "Kill Your Boyfriend/Vimanarama Deluxe Edition by Grant Morrison, Philip Bond & D'Israeli". Paste Magazine. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
- Vimanarama at Crack Comics
- Vimanarama: British Pakistani saves the world in new comic!
- New take on life in Bradford article in The Guardian
- Crack Comicks shows a frame from the comic, showing a vimana as a large flying saucer with Indian-type architectural features, in a dogfight with several modern jet fighters.
- Review of the trade, Comics Bulletin