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"Guru Tegh Bahadur" by Sikh Comics: Review

Graphic Novel Comic Book "The Ninth Sikh Guru" by Daljeet Singh Sidhu

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Sikh Comics Cover "Guru Tegh Bahadur"

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The Bottom Line

I read my first Sikhism comic book decades ago enthralled by the story and illustrations. Sikh Comics brings a whole new luster to the comic book experience with amazing art depicting the life and martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur the Ninth Guru of the Sikhs. Sikh comics captures the attention, holding it fast with the riveting story of Tyag Mal, who one day becomes Ninth Guru Tegh Bahadur. Birth, childhood stories, fascinating tales of the Guru's travels, encounters with the supernatural and events leading to his supreme sacrifice, are brought to life with colorful illustrations and quotes from Gurbani.

Pros

  • Fantastic eye catching colorful illustrations.
  • Flawless English language dialogue, narration and inscriptions.
  • Well researched including translated verses from Sikh scripture.
  • Affordable high quality pages printed on medium weight glossy paper.
  • Interesting, informative and inspiring, appeals to readers of all ages.

Cons

Sikh Comics Guru Tegh Bahadur Page 1

Sikh Comics "Guru Tegh Bahadur" Birth - Page 1

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  • Might be addictive, so start saving up for the next issue.

Description

  • Guru Tegh Bahadur The Ninth Guru of the Sikhs presented by Sikh Comics. Copyright © 2011 Gyan Khand Media.
  • ISBN978-81-909637-01-1
  • Comic book contains 48 full color illustrated pages written in flawless English. Dialogue boxes include:
    • Excellent English conversation and narration.
    • Translated verses of Guru Granth Sahib.
    • Romanized Punjabi with English translation.
    • Identifying name tags and inscriptions.
  • Printed in New Delhi by Ajanta Offset & Packagings Ltd.
  • Compiled by design team:
    • Publisher - Daljeet Singh Sidhu
    • Script Writer - Daljeet Singh Sidhu
    • Art Director Illustrator - Amarjit Virdi
    • Artist - Rochak Bhatnagar
    • Colorist - Jagan Deep Singh
    • Graphic Design - Parminder Chand
  • Offered by Sikhcomics.com for USD $6.99 - 30% off introductory price of USD $4.99 includes free world wide shipping.
    • Contact Information:
    • Daljeet Singh Sidhu
      Gyan Khand Media
      Po Box 7
      Sangrur 148001
      Punjab, India
    • Email: info@sikhscomics.com
    • Phone: +91 843 799 1910

Guide Review - "Guru Tegh Bahadur the Ninth Sikh Guru" by Sikh Comics

Sikh Comics Guru Tegh Bahadur Childhood Page 4

Sikh Comics "Guru Tegh Bahadur" Childhood - Page 4

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Guru Tegh Bahadur the Ninth Sikh Guru arrived by airmail from India where it is printed and published, however there is nothing third world about this comic book to give away its origin except its price. The quality of paper is not the newsprint you might expect of a comic, but is a sturdy, glossy page, worthy of the artistry of its illustrations that delight, excite and inspire, which will hold up to a lifetime of handling by readers of all ages.

Guru Tegh Bahadur the Ninth Sikh Guru, reminds me of Prince Valiant, a medieval comic character which appeared in the Sunday paper during my childhood, and perhaps still does. Likely because it is the only example of comic art that I know of which resembles the style of illustrations that appear in Sikh Comics.

The Story

Guru Tegh Bahadur exemplifies the term Sant Sipahi or Saint Soldier. At birth he received the name Tyag Mal meaning "renunciation." Much of his life, he spent in deep meditation, removed from the worldly arena, yet in battle he showed a ferocity which earned him the name Tegh Bahadur, "champion of the sword". Tegh Bahadur learned early in life the consequences of acting with power to show miracles. Without acting, he deflected the demonic witchery of sorceresses. Without acting, he exposed the 22 imposters to his throne. Without acting, his martyrdom set in motion events which ultimately overturned the torturous, treacherous, tyrannical dynasty of Mughal rule. His sacrifice is unparalleled in that he, the ninth Sikh guru, willingly gave up his life to save those of the Hindu faith being forcibly converted to Islam.

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