Krishna, Defender of Dharma

Krishna, Defender of Dharma

Graphic Novel - 2012
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"Evil Rakshasa Kalanemi is back on Earth, this time appearing as Kansa, the tyrant king of Mathura. To vanquish him and his horde of evil monsters, Lord Vishnu comes to Earth in his eighth avatar--Krishna, the defender of dharma. Since his birth, Krishna valiantly fights evil monsters, showing courage and valour. But as he grows up and becomes a councillor of the race of Yadavas, he observes that the real struggle in this age is not with magical monsters but with evil kings and warriors. Accompany this wise and courageous hero on his journey on Earth as he conquers evil to put mankind back on the path of righteousness."
Publisher: New Delhi, India : Campfire/Kalyani Navyug Media, c2012
ISBN: 9789380741123
Characteristics: 151 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Nagulakonda, Rajesh
Alternative Title: Defender of dharma


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forbesrachel Sep 02, 2013

Krishna is full of colour, sometimes vibrant and sometimes toned down; the colours always compliment the mood. In his godly moments Krishna's blues become brighter with glowing highlights.
For those unfamiliar with Indian mythology, an introduction is provided with each chapter. In the first part, a great tyrant rules the land unjustly, and so Krishna is reborn to protect dharma. Even as a child he defeats demons that are sent to assassinate him. He is rash, but brave, and is protected by his divine right. No matter how many strange events happen to him, the villagers always just accept and forget, remaining none-the-wiser to his true self. In a world full of demons and gods, maybe this is more commonplace, but their reaction is still too muted. Krishna's brother Balarama is also quite special, and manages to defeat several demons as well.
After the tyrant is defeated, and the real king restored, Krishna rescues Rukmini, who he then takes as his wife.
The next few chapters are about the great war that is fought between the Pandavas and Kauravas. Even though of the same family, the war must happen to restore order. Krishna acts in the role of adviser, being a better ally to have than an entire army.
Finally, his time on earth comes to an end, through the will of a curse, but in his time there he left behind many teachings to be passed on, of which the basics are mentioned in the preceding chapters.
Although Krishna has many virtues, his wisdom is the most prominent, for more often than not his enemies are defeated by his wise actions, rather than his strength. He is a god that cares for the people, and the family he is born into. This adaption does not include all his aspects, but does a fair job showing what it does.


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