Here are some blurbs for Mumbai Confidential:
“Gorgeously noir” — Ron Marz (Witchblade, Artifacts, Shinku, Green Lantern)
“Gritty art and powerful writing” — David Lloyd (V For Vendetta, Kickback)
“The original ‘bad boys’ of Mumbai” — Hindustan Times
“The real stuff” — The Times of India
“Watch out for this book. If you turn your back on it, it might stab you.” — Samit Basu (Devi, Gameworld Trilogy, Turbulence)
“Takes us deep into an urban jungle along treacherous, badly-lit paths…” — Mike Carey (X-Men, The Unwritten, Lucifer)
“Perfect example of noir storytelling in comics” — Geekadelphia.com
reviews and mentions in the web.
Publishers Weekly found Mumbai Confidential to be a “sumptuously illustrated and crisply written graphic novel”
Mohapatra’s dialogue is sharp and his script is innovative, putting a clever twist on the genre. Shinde’s lush and gorgeous cinematic art impresses the most, from strongly individual faces and photorealistic body language to a deep and rich range of shadows and light, water and blood. This is stylish, sophisticated, and metropolitan: a fresh entry in the noir genre with an Asian twist.
David Goodman of Geekadelphia called MC “flat out brilliant”, “a perfect example of noir storytelling in comics” and “an instant classic”.
I try not to throw the word “classic” around that much when I write my comic book reviews. Who can know what will stand the test of time and become a book that people will look back on and consider a defining work in graphic literature?
But this once, I have to make an exception.
Mumbai Confidential is flat out brilliant, an instant classic that when people want to read a perfect example of noir storytelling in comics, this is the book they will look for.
- Sam Rhodes at Fanboy Comics finds MC to be “an inky, burning fuse of a story that deserves a place alongside the classics”
Mohapatra and Shinde have woven a story that is violent and dark, and as thrilling as any of your favorite noir tales.
- Matthew Rosenberg over at Forbidden Planet called MC “Equal parts Hong Kong action flick and crime noir comic” and “well worth your time.”
I love a book that comes out of left field and just floors you. For me that was MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL. A gritty cop story that doesn’t look like anything else on shelves, Mumbai Confidential is a stunningly good book.
- Brett Schenker of Graphic Policy had this to say about MC
I found myself not just sucked in, but sucked in so much I had to complete it in one day. It’s look, characters and voice is something unique in the comic industry. Here’s hoping folks are willing to take a chance on this gem.
Criminal Element posted an awesome review of Mumbai Confidential.
… written with a mordant wit and illustrated with such clarity and attention to the small moments […] that it genuinely brings something new to the genre. [read the whole review]
ComixVerse review of Mumbai Confidential
a competently executed work of crime fiction
Paste Magazine review of Mumbai Confidential
[Mumbai Confidential is] adding something new to the formula [of crime-noir]
- “Arjun Kadam’s last encounters” – a Review/Interview of Mumbai Confidential on LiveMint / Wall Street Journal (India)
- GQ India article/interview about Mumbai Confidential
- Pipedream Comics posted a review of MC and an interview.
It reads like a sub-continental version of Sin City and has all the best elements of classic crime noir, with twists, turns, violence and corruption, all played out in the grimy, monsoon ridden streets of Mumbai and the glamour of Bollywood instead of downtown LA and the Hollywood Hills. [read the whole review] [read the interview]
- Avril Brown of Comics Waiting Room reviews Mumbai Confidential Book One “Good Cop, Bad Cop” Hardcover
There is love and loss, violence and revenge, and above all, the clarity of a man with nothing left to lose. Gritty, powerful and hauntingly dark, MUMBAI sinks its hooks into the reader making you glad you don’t live in the crime-infested and corrupt Mumbai of the eighties and nineties, but leaves you wishing Mohapatra and Shinde will take you there again.[read full review]
- “Are you ready for this MUMBHAI Encounter?” MC Creative team interview by Fiona Fernandez in Mid-day.
- Russ Burlingame of ComicBook.com Reviews Mumbai Confidential #1
Slick, pulpy thrill ride.[full review]
This book is absolutely gorgeous. It’s cinematic, like a black-and-white film infused with the murkiness of sepia but retaining the shadow and form of black and white.[full review]
- Avril Brown of Comics Waiting Room Reviews Mumbai Confidential #1 and #2
The dark plot is threaded with hope and humor, the art is hauntingly beautiful and the seamless union of the two will ensure MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL deserves the hype it will undoubtedly garner.[full review]
- Aaron Duran of Newsrama Best Shots Reviews Mumbai Confidential #2
Mumbai Confidential #2 is a powerful book with great dialogue and compelling imagery. It’s one you should not miss[full review]
- ” Sketch and the City ” – Mumbai Times on the realistic portrayal of Mumbai in Mumbai Confidentail
- Times of India list of notable Indian Comics – features Mumbai Confidential and Devi
- “City cops in graphic novel” by Sneha Mahale in Hindustan Times : e-paper | text-only
- “Gangsters and Ghosts in new format” by Anisha Sridhar in New Indian Express : e-paper | text-only
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