Yes, I wrote the foreword for the book, but I’d be recommending it even if I hadn’t. One of the things I wrote in the foreword is this:
“As a creator, you learn that the most important stories are the one only you can tell.”
I believe that wholeheartedly, and certainly Mumbai Confidential is a tale that could only be told this well by Saurav and Vivek (with additional artists providing short stories).
MC is hardboiled noir; it’s violent and sexy and profane. It’s the kind of tale Hammett or Chandler would’ve written had they been born in India within the last few decades. There’s a tragic hero, dirty cops and dirtier villains, set against the backdrop of crowded, corrupt Mumbai.
It’s been a pleasure for me to watch Saurav’s growth as a writer since first editing him at Virgin Comics. His writing in MC is confident and brutal, and in Vivek Shinde, he’s found a perfect artistic partner for this dark tale.
The thick hardcover collection sports the usual gorgeous production from Archaia, including spot varnish on the cover (you know I’m a sucker for spot varnish.)