Comic titan Stan Lee and his POW! Entertainment will introduce Chakra – The Invincible, an original superhero for the Indian market, in conjunction with New Delhi’s Liquid Comics. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comic centers on Raju Rai, a Mumbai teen tech wiz, who develops an enhanced suit that activates mystical powers.
The plan is to introduce Chakra – The Invincible as a series of downloadable web and mobile comics distributed throughout India on Liquid’s recently announced Graphic India platform. Lee’s first digital comic book story on Chakra will be released for free in April 2012, exclusively on www.graphicindia.com though a preview of concept art will be available later this week on the website.
“I’m incredibly excited to be collaborating with my friends at Liquid Comics and their best-in-class team of artists as we launch a great new, thrill-a-minute superhero saga named Chakra – The Invincible,” said Stan Lee in a statement, “Using the spectacular backdrop of the great Indian metropolis of Mumbai, we tell the incredible saga of Chakra, our daring and dangerous teenage hero.”
“Stan Lee is one of the most prolific storytellers in the world today, having created iconic characters that have generated billions of dollars at the box office and are known by nearly every man, woman and child on earth,” said Liquid Comics Co-Founder and CEO, Sharad Devarajan. “The opportunity to bring Stan’s unparalleled experience of the superhero genre to India and enable him to collaborate with local talents to create a new Indian character is the culmination of a lifelong dream.”
“What better way to conceive of a new generation of Indian superheroes than in collaboration with the Godfather of the genre? Watching Stan mingle in the pantheon of great Indian Gods and Goddesses will go down as one of the most coolest times of my life,” added Liquid Co-Founder, Gotham Chopra.
Liquid Comics – with offices in New York and a design studio in Bangalore – was founded by entrepreneurs Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman and uses the medium of digital graphic novel publishing to develop properties for theatrical live-action films, animation and video games. Liquid has worked with acclaimed filmmakers and talents such as John Woo, Guy Ritchie, Grant Morrison, Shekhar Kapur, Deepak Chopra, Dave Stewart, Marc Guggenheim, Marcus Nispel, Jonathan Mostow, Edward Burns, Nicolas Cage, John Moore, Wes Craven and Barry Sonnenfeld.