DAMNED: The Vampire Monks of Piyang – Review, and Rating

DAMNED: The Vampire Monks of Piyang – Review, and Rating

STORY – 6.5/10

SUBJECT

The year is 2020 and the mysterious and enigmatic duo of Anga and Morphuz are hurtling down towards the Indo-China border in their desi truck. Not much is known about their origins or their intentions, save the fact that Anga has in his possession the Blue Lotus Crystal, and both are meta-humans with very high levels of powers.

Some say Anga and Morphuz are old gods- that cannot be confirmed. Are their superpowers somehow related to Vricadium? Is the apparently dark Anga, really the Lightbringer? What is known is that Morphuz has a pretty bad credit rating and is quite poor.

PACE

It is a fast-paced quick read, and the pacing is maintained throughout the book. 

GRIP

The story is short and quite gripping. It’s nothing brain storming, and plot-wise, it is quite shallow, but enjoyable, nonetheless. And towards the end, it beautifully connects with the VRICA series and becomes a part of the chariot-verse as a result. 

IMPACT

It’s not really a very impactful or memorable story. Although the writer does a good job at setting up and ending the plot of the issue, the middle act lags a bit. There was more scope for character development, and it was needed, but the brevity of the plot length might have proven to be a major constraint. Overall, it was a decent read, but not really mind-blowing. It basically did the job of introducing a bunch of characters in the Chariot-verse, probably, to make the last installment of VRICA, more exciting. 

DIALOGUES – 9/10

Crisp dialogues, and narrations. The conversations are realistic, and it gets a high readability score. 

ARTWORK & COLORING – 5.5/10

The art in Damned is better as compared to most of the other Chariot Comics, but it is far from jaw-dropping. The style is cooler, some panels do look exceptionally good and the coloring is also improved. It is above average. But anatomy needs improvement and so does the inking. 

LETTERS & GRAPHIC DESIGN – 8/10

Change of fonts is advisable, although the current font is not bad by any means, specifically, the onomatopoeia fonts need some work in some places. The overall design is nice and simple, without any over-the-top theme being used. 

Team Members

  • Writer: Aniruddho Chakraborty
  • Artist:  Tarun Kumar Sahu & Tadam Gyadu
  • Proofs and Edits: Soubhik Mukherjee & Subho Das

Book Details

  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 2016
  • Pages: Glossy
  • Dimension: A5
  • MRP: INR 150

Buying Guide – DAMNED: The Vampire Monks of Piyang

You can buy printed and digital editions from the official website of Chariot Comics

DAMNED: The Vampire Monks of Piyang Review
  • 6.5/10
    Story - 6.5/10
  • 9/10
    Dialogues - 9/10
  • 5.5/10
    Artwork and Colors - 5.5/10
  • 8/10
    Letters and Graphic Design - 8/10
7.3/10

Summary - DAMNED: The Vampire Monks of Piyang

The year is 2020 and the mysterious and enigmatic duo of Anga and Morphuz are hurtling down towards the Indo-China border in their desi truck. Not much is known about their origins or their intentions, save the fact that Anga has in his possession the Blue Lotus Crystal, and both are meta-humans with very high levels of powers.

 

Some say Anga and Morphuz are old gods- that cannot be confirmed. Are their superpowers somehow related to Vricadium? Is the apparently dark Anga, really the lightbringer? What is known is that Morphuz has a pretty bad credit rating and is quite poor.

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