Many Deaths of Laila Starr

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Many Deaths of Laila Starr

Many Deaths of Laila Starr

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I wasn’t taken with Filipe Andrade’s goopy, funhouse-mirror-style art though I liked the colourfulness of the comic overall. Indian mysticism is nothing if not colourful and I liked that reflected in the visuals. And, even if Ram V’s writing continues to leave me unimpressed, his observation of why funerals are so ritualised because it’s the one aspect of death we have control over, is a pretty smart one (unless he’s just repeating something someone else said). Ram V brings another rich layer of humanity to the story—and in the process further humanizes the divine…This is not just a story about life and death. It, like life itself, is an experience.” —ComicBook.com Struggling with her new-found mortality, Laila has found a way to be placed in the time and place where the creator of immortality will be born… 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.

The first issue is fairly solid but, once Death immediately decides to about-face on the plan, the story meanders pointlessly until the very end. It’s unexciting reading for the most part and, without giving anything away about that finale, it’s unsatisfying and dripping with vapid New Age sentiment. Publication Dates [ ] Last Issue [ ] The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #2: 19 May 2021 Current Issue [ ] The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #3: 16 Jun 2021 Next Issue [ ] The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #4: 21 Jul 2021 Status [ ] Unfortunately, it was just ok for me. The artwork was not my thing and really brought down my enjoyment. We were also introduced to several characters where I never felt like we got to know them. 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. 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).

Told with the tone of a fairy tale or fable, this story strikes me as something Neil Gaiman could have written, though he might have side-stepped the chapter narrated by a cigarette. And he probably would not have side-stepped the advancements or changes in the world that should be evident in a timeline that runs all the way up through the 2080s. I haven't read nearly enough of Ram V's work, but everything I've touched has been stellar. That said, I'm not convinced that reading every word he's ever written could've prepared me for how surgically concise he is here. He takes cultural ideas and beliefs, combs through them for universal experiences and sentiments, and gives them a voice that's wholly unique and maybe a little transcendent. His plot is a little looser than I wanted it to be, but it's intentional, I think, as that looseness helps it linger for longer and encourages the reader to fill in the gaps with themselves. Maybe the ending is too tidy, and maybe the character arc for Death is somewhat truncated, but I don't care. Unlike Daytripper, another comic with similar aims, The Many Deaths of Laila Starr doesn't overstay its welcome and knows precisely when and where to shift gears. For a story about life and existence, the series doesn't have any pretensions—it's simple, pure, and magical.

Minor Characters [ ] Other Characters/Places/Things [ ] Recent Storylines [ ] The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #3 [ ] It starts with the goddess of death removed from her job and sent down to earth for her to find a man named Darius who finds the cure to death..Immortality. And bonded with a mortal named Laila Starr we follow her journey as she meets this man at various points of his life and I love how each issue she dies and after many years is resurrected by Pranah (God of Life) but meets Darius and how he blames her when they meet in his adult self but right in the end, the convo they have and the revelations that happen change them and the story comes full circle and its one of the most beautiful endings ever. No, Munmun! No, it’s not! Things are meant to die. That was my job and I was very good at it, you see? In terms of art, it’s as colourful as India and the religion of Hinduism whilst having a warm and nice colour pallet, so that you can feel the heat of India and the emotions of the story. The art was really great. I thought we started out very strong, I liked the whole concept of The Gods being a sort of corporation (I LOVE Lore Olympus, and am generally obsessed with this trope), HOWEVER, I felt like that aspect of this book was extremely underdeveloped.

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So the skinny gist is that the goddess of Death is forced into early retirement because it looks like a baby has been born who will introduce immortality to the humans. She gets put into the body of a young woman who just died. Enter Laila Starr. What a great conclusion to the series. It definitely felt like the whole series culminated perfectly in this moment. This was one where I though I knew where it was going but was surprised to see the rather clever and moving twists in it. This is a book that keeps you on your toes and keeps your mind working. It’s a lovely reminder that death doesn’t have to be such a gloomy concept and makes you think about outlooks that could create more death-positivity. This is such a fun book, it’ll make you laugh, it’ll blow your mind, and it’ll also hit you deeply in the feelings. My only minor complaint is the font is occasionally hard to read. The Many Deaths of Laila Starr is a complete gem of a graphic novel that reminds you ‘ like a cigarette, the point of life, my friends, is to be smoked.’ 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!! Humanity is on the verge of discovering immortality, which means the avatar of Death is out of a job… or is she?



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