the one abhimanyu

The One – Abhimanyu – Review, Ratings and Inside Art

When we talk about Mahabharata war, there were a couple of warriors who had their own glory, even greater than Pandavas and lord Krishna. Some of these were Bheeshma, Barbarik, Karna. Arguably you can put one above another but one warrior who become determining factor of the Mahabharata war was the Abhimanyu.

The One Abhimanyu – Synopsis

The One – Abhimanyu is an epic tale of heroism and bravery that never gets old. This epic saga is presented with beautiful illustrations that shake you with the heinous actions that were taken that day to end the life of a young warrior. Abhimanyu played such a role in the war that he was even included in our schoolbooks. The war of Mahabharata was fought for straight 18 days but the day that decided the fate of the Kauravas was the 13th day of the war.

What happened on the 13th day of the Mahabharata? – A Short Summary

Karuravas came up with the deadliest formation of army on the 13th day. In the absence of Arjuna. Only Abhimanyu knew to penetrate the chakravayuh. Chakaravyuh, a type of army formation that could have been penetrated only by three persons in that war – Drona, Arjuna and Abhimanyu. Abhimanyu knew how to get in to this chakravayuh but did not know how to come out of it. He was supposed to be followed by Bheema and Yudhisthira in the Chakravayuh but they couldn’t.  

Abhimanyu went to the core and got struck there and got killed by karna, jayadratha, duryodhana and all other so called mightly warriors fighting from Kauravas army. They broke a rule that day – to fight one to one battle set by none other than bheesma. Those cowards didn’t stop even when Abhimanyu was down.

The foundation of dharma got dismantled that day and so everybody started doing whatever they wanted. For example, Drauna, the battle guru was the worst broker of rule from both sides. He killed thousands of foot soldiers while the rule was that astras can be used only on chariot warriors.

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The One Abhimanyu – Story, pace, grip, and impact

The One Abhimanyu presents nothing different than the story that you already know. We are surprised that even when the artwork was top notch on most of the parts, it could not connect us to the story that can bring tears in your eyes even listening to documentaries on this epic tale. So you can say there are shortcomings in the story side.

Though the story connects well in the beginning, but it kept losing the momentum from time to time. We believe the sole reason for this is the loose writing.  

  • Story – 6
  • Pace – 5
  • Grip – 4
  • Impact – 4
  • Overall – 4.75

The One Abhimanyu – Dialogues, Letters and Graphic Design

  • In some parts dialogues were impactful but we think it has the greater responsibility for the story as it was not a work of fiction. Only dialogues could have raised the standard and impact of the storytelling. Dialogues – 6
  • The letters are good. We did not have any trouble reading speech bubbles in-correct order. Letters – 10
  • Graphic Design – 9

The One Abhimanyu – Inside Art – 9

After reading the one – Abhimanyu, we were confused by the end about what we feel about the inside art. The illustrations are top notch, but we could not connect to the story telling by its art too. We think the sequential art of the book could not justify the story as well.

The One Abhimanyu – Cover Art – 9

The One – Abhimanyu has 2 cover variants. Both have their own good and bad points. We think that colours could not do justice to the cover art and inside art as well.

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The One Abhimanyu – Product Information

  • Total Pages – 96
  • Available in languages –English
  • Price – 349, 399, 499
  • Paper – Glossy
  • Cover – Paperback

The One Abhimanyu – Team Members

  • Story and Art – Dheeraj Verma
  • Colors – Bharat Ranjan
  • Letters and Graphic Design – Kishan Harchandani
  • Assistant Writer – Dilip Mistry
  • Editor – Jerry Bonner
  • Special Thanks – Souvik Bhattacharya, Amandeep Sangwan, Malti Verma, Vinnie Verma, and Manish Dasani

The one – abhimanyu – Where to buy

The one is currently not available at any store but you can purchase it by directly messaging Dheeraj Verma on his facebook account.

The One - Abhimanyu - Review by Comic Scoop
  • 4.8/10
    Story - 4.75/10
  • 8.3/10
    Letters, Dialogues and Graphic Design - 8.3/10
  • 9/10
    Inside Art - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Cover Art - 9/10
7.8/10

Summary

The One – Abhimanyu is an epic tale of heroism and bravery that never gets old. This epic saga is presented with beautiful illustrations that shake you with the heinous actions that were taken that day to end the life of a young warrior. Abhimanyu played such a role in the war that he was even included in our schoolbooks. The war of Mahabharata was fought for straight 18 days but the day that decided the fate of the Kauravas was the 13th day of the war.

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