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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

RAJ COMICS SPOTLIGHT #3

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Dracula is one of those characters you can never get away from. Hollywood digs him up every several years, writers use him for horror stories on a regular basis, and just about every comic company has their own version of the character.
Raj Comics is no exception. In this story, it's up to Nagraj and several other of the Raj Comics heroes to stop him from world domination. Will they succeed?

Nagraj stumbles into the situation when he rescues a child from a vampire woman:

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But she seems to have an immunity to his magic snakes:

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After a they exchange blows for a few pages, she decides to recruit herself some backup:

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A VAMPIRE OCTOPUS!!!

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The battle continues with no end in sight until one of Nagraj's friends shows up and blasts her with some kind of sunbeam ray.

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Nagraj and the other hero split up (bad idea) to investigate in different areas of the city. It's not very long until Nagraj runs across another vampirized victim wreaking havoc:

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He manages to get the guy under control somewhat swiftly:

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Or does he?:

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Despite how bleak things looked for Nagraj in that last panel, he soon turns the tables on the Solomon Grundy lookalike and continues to patrol the city. At about this time, he comes across a flying vampire wolf. Yeah, that's right a flying vampire wolf.

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This battle, however, doesn't go quite as smoothly as the others. Before Nagraj can manage to kill the beast, it bites him:

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Another one of the heroes (who, for some reason, looks like he might be a vampire himself) shows up to assist Nagraj. Talk about your bad timing. This encounter leads to another long fight sequence:

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While the good guys are busy fighting each other, Dracula keeps himself busy by increasing the numbers of his legion of the undead. A legion that includes vampire wolves, vampire bats, and....

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FLESH-EATING VAMPIRE MAGGOTS!!

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Nagraj and Morbius the other guy still occupied, it's up to the white guy to face Dracula:

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And it's not too hard to see why this guy isn't on Raj Comics' A-list:

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Nagraj gets cured of his vampirism just in time for him and his partner to join in the battle with the main villain themselves:

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Ol' Dracula doesn't seem too fond of three to one odds, so he raises himself up an army of zombies to help:

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Now this guy is supposed to be reviving the fallen superhero that's lying there in a coma. Fortunately, he takes a break at just the right moment and checks in on the battle royale with his crystal ball (which is still a better source for current events than FoxNews):

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Pretty soon, they arrive to join in:

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At this point, even a hundred superheroes aren't going to make a difference:

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Now backed by thousands of zombies, wolves, bats, maggots, octopuses, and any number of other vampirized creatures, Dracula is looking fairly unstoppable. That is until this old dude shows up on the scene....:

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...and casts a spell that turns Dracula into a pile of dust:

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WAIT, WHAT??!?
Y'know, I could complain, but I'll just stay contented knowing that I actually got to read a comic that had a vampire octopus in it. You just don't see those everyday.

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A short review of a different Nagraj comic HERE
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2 comments:

  1. I am a big fan of nagraj and I have read all of his comics.

    http://www.hindicomicsonline.com/nagraj/

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    1. Thanks for the link!!
      I actually prefer Doga over Nagraj, but they are both really cool characters. Still waiting for the day when 'official' English translations will be published over here.
      Thanks for reading.

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