Su­per Sikh: Vol­ume 1

Eileen Kaur Alden, Supreet Singh Man­chanda, Amit Tayal (Il­lus­tra­tor), Rosar­ium Pub­lish­ing (JAN­UARY) Soft­cover $14.95 (108pp) 978-0-9987059-8-9

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A Sikh se­cret agent fights ter­ror­ism and pre­con­cep­tions in the en­ter­tain­ing graphic novel ad­ven­ture Su­per Sikh: Vol­ume One.

Deep Singh poses as a “sec­ond shift su­per­vi­sor” at a large com­pany, but he ac­tu­ally serves as an op­er­a­tive for the United Na­tions Global Uni­fied De­fense Force. He loves Elvis and de­cides to fly to Amer­ica and visit Grace­land on va­ca­tion. Trou­ble fol­lows, how­ever, and Singh soon finds him­self the tar­get of a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion called Group X, as he’s framed for sev­eral acts of vi­o­lence and destruc­tion. The reper­cus­sions in­clude a back­lash against Sikhs in Amer­ica, but with the help of a ca­pa­ble wait­ress named Janelle, Deep brings the ac­tual cul­prits to jus­tice. This is a fun book, with the guts to use hu­mor in sit­u­a­tions that most steer clear of. Its au­thors keep a light touch with the ma­te­rial while tak­ing on weighty sub­jects, such as un­fair stereo­typ­ing by news broad­casts and TSA au­thor­i­ties. There are nods to James Bond, talk­ing rats, and a mock­ing re­cruit­ment video for a ter­ror­ist group; even the act of hi­jack­ing a plane is in­fused with hu­mor, as air traf­fic con­trollers mis­un­der­stand Singh’s mes­sage “this is Deep Singh” as “this is Dee Sny­der,” the 1980s rock icon.

The art is good, but the book’s nat­u­ral ebb and flow is hin­dered by the ab­sence of va­ri­ety in its font size, which de­liv­ers ev­ery word at equal vol­ume and im­por­tance. Even so, Su­per Sikh: Vol­ume One is a wel­come rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Sikh cul­ture that wisely makes its points with­out tak­ing it­self too se­ri­ously.

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