Many Deaths of Laila Starr
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This story begins with setting the premise perfectly. As Laila (death) starts to live in human body, she gets indulged in pleasure of mortal life. Because she was death, now she can also see ghosts, spirits and even hear the crows which makes her life more unique. We also get to know life of Darius in various stages. Laila meets him many times, sometimes without knowing him. The most interesting thing about each issue is that each time Laila meets Darius, two incidents happens and the way they happen was so interesting to see. The premise is very interesting and unique as it’s about the God of Death being fired as someone who invents immortality is born. I found the writing to be excellent and there is a flex of their strength and confidence in their writing skills in some issues where you’ll have side characters such as; a cigarette box narrating some of the events and for these bits to be massive highlights of the book overall. I also enjoyed the story being told and the themes that can be extracted including the moral of it, too. Death is the scariest concept to me and I think of frequently on a daily basis so parts of this book made me very depressed and miserable. However, the ending was really beneficial for coming to terms with your mortality which I appreciated as I’d be a waterworks mess if not. (Not a bad thing as I like sad art, just describing my thoughts and feelings about this book).
The five issues in the series — which re-released as a complete collection on February 1st — follow Laila Starr, the identity assumed by the goddess Death after she is banished from the heavenly pantheon (portrayed in the series as an efficient corporation where she works by removing souls from bodies). The story is based on Hindu lore, focusing on the interplay between the mortal and the divine; Death (implied visually to be Kali, the Hindu goddess of death, time and change) mingles with spirits, humans and Brahman alike. The initially vague reason for her expulsion is as follows: Darius Shah, the key to eternal life, is born, meaning that her position in the heavens is now rendered obsolete. She now must live amongst the mere mortals she considers liabilities at her 9-to-5 job. The omnipotent Laila follows Darius from a distance throughout his days, revealing herself at five stages of Darius’s life, from his birth to the mystery of his final days. Will Laila ever understand what it means to live and die, especially as a supernatural being untouched by the rules of a lifespan? Does death have a purpose? The book answers these questions more profoundly and succinctly than I can, but I can tell you this: “Laila Starr” is absolutely gorgeous in its musings on death. I love how as story moves, Laila learns lots of valuable lessons about mortal life and at one point she even forgets what she wanted to do. Each issue teaches us some lessons and small things about life. Also the ending of this story was beautifully done. Ram V's writing is very smooth, pacing is amazing and artwork is very colorful and unique which captures the atmosphere of Mumbai perfectly. Okay so this is ASTONISHINGLY GOOD. The Many Deaths of Laila Starr is a visual treat and emotional ride. Author Ram V. and artist Felipe Andrade deliver this incredible story set in Mumbai, playing with Hindu mythology through characters that are fun and comical enough to keep the otherwise heavy, existential themes of the graphic novel from dipping into melodrama. Plus it is absolutely gorgeous to look at, with a sharp art style brought to life in heaping doses of arrestingly bright color palettes. When Death (visually represented as Kali finds herself laid off because a boy has been born that will put an end to death, she is sent to live a mortal life and decides she must kill him to allow death to continue. We follow Death as she finds herself without a purpose and living through several of her own deaths, and through this immortal being grappling with the emotions of those with a finite lifespan we must ultimately confront the question if death itself does have a purpose in life.
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The Many Deaths of Laila Starr has a fun premise - a sorta Indian take on a Pratchett/Gaiman’s Good Omens-style story - that turns out to be quite dull thanks to a lot of overly-simplistic storytelling. Estos cómics son una obra maestra. Son hermosos y te dejan con una sensación de lo hermosa que es la vida y los pequeños momentos que la hacen lo que es. I now have a poet to look up and read, and the end of a story that was so brilliantly unhinged that I am not upset we did not get a fairytale ending. The moral is a nostalgia from my childhood where every tragedy had a lesson.The art is oddly disconcerting, with rubbery bodies and very cool settings. But the colors are SUBLIME. Also, we have an Eastern pantheon of gods? Love!!