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Review: Kahlil #11

There’s always that part in every superhero’s story where someone either finds out who they are or comes close to doing so. The number of times the Joker came close to finding out who Batman really is, are too numerous to count. There’s always the example of Superman’s identity being hidden by a pair of glasses. There’s an ambivalence of the story and lack of believability that readers today will see through almost immediately.

The most prominent example that readers and popular culture fanatics alike, usually point to, is the relationship between Superman and Lex Luthor. As the bond between these archetypes is often used to as an example to describe problematic relationships and is probably the most realistic of all the relationships within the DC comics universe. They show a real relationship where sometimes your friend can be your worst enemy and sometimes can be the exact opposite as in All-Star Superman. In the 11th issue of Kahlil, our hero finally meets someone who looks to rival him.

In the first few pages, we meet a mysterious figure, Bhai, who is well connected, and is experimenting on animals to create the perfect being. As his plans are bigger than anything anyone in Pakistan, as he gets with some shadowy characters to unleash his plan. We also catch up with Maryam, as she is trying to understand more about Kahlil, by having dinner with his family. BY issue’s end, as Kahlil and Maryam are about to have a family dinner, a monsoon hits the city.

Overall, this is the issue where we meet the classic villain, one both enigmatic and alluring. The story by Kumail Rizvi is action packed, intelligent, and at times funny. The art by Rizvi is beautiful and rich. Altogether, a landmark entry in this superbly told superhero tale.

Story: Kumail Rizvi Art: Kumail Rizvi
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Kahlil #10

Iron Man is one of those comics, you either like because of Tony Stark or like because of Iron Man. The epic story, “Demon in a Bottle”, provided readers of just how complex Tony Shark is. As far Iron Man, any reader who has continuously read his books throughout the years, knows there have been more than one person who has inhabited the armor of Iron Man. His inner struggles as well as his fights with his rogues’ gallery, has defined the character for generations shaped the Iron Man we see in the MCU.

To me, what has defined him, is not necessarily those struggles but his relationships with the rest of the Avengers. His relationship with Captain America and the Hulk, have both been told in many stories. The one most defining relationship to me was twit the Vision, who was Jarvis, before the infinity stones, as he was his digital servant before. In this issue of Kahlil, Rizvi we meet someone quite like Jarvis, but and the Vision but one where very Kryptonite, is born with.

We catch up with Kahlil as he is introduced to Jem-El, his bound lifetime companion, and is told his purpose. As the Khans get ready for their family Biryani, they worry about the future and meeting Jem-El. Jem-El helps Khalil understand they are more like brothers and his there to help guide him. By issue’s end, Jem-El, meets his family, hilariously believes Jem-El to be a Djinn at first but as Jem-El assures Kahlil o human or Kryptonian has ever lead a life like the one he is about lead.

Overall, a great issue, that provides the reader, the philosophy of Kal-El The story by Kumail Rizvi is funny and introspective. The art by Rizvi is vivid. Altogether, another fine installment, which elevates the canon and gives it a few flavors that it would not have had in lesser hands.

Story: Kumail Rizvi Art: Kumail Rizvi
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Kahlil #9 Last Lights

The mythology of Superman is quite dense and has many allusions to the real world. The one thing that has always fascinated me, was the fortress of solitude, as it kept many of his secrets and history in one place. When he needed to get away, he can always come back there, and this place is where he found solace most of the time. The other facet of this place, was how he could see his whole history.

In the many times, they have sought to show his parents and what happened at Krypton in the comics, on TV and in the movies, not once it appears it felt real, at least to me. As it all felt like he was watching a movie play out every time. I never felt like there was any loss, but more like he is watching a documentary. In this issue of Kahlil, Kumail Rizvi accomplishes what all those other creators, could not do, bring heart to what is devastating event.

We catch up with Kahlil and Jor-El, as he is brought to the fortress of solitude and he is shown, who is and where he came from. Kahlil, finds out how his parents met and what Jor-El, had hoped for Krypton to be. We also meet Lara, his mother and ow she struggled to part was with her newborn son and to send him in such a disparate situation, knowing she will never see him again. By issue’s end, Jor-El, reveals Kahlil was never meant to be alone.

Overall, an excellent issue which gave this writer all the feels, as this portrayal was more realistic than past retellings of Kal-El’s origins. The story by Rizvi is emotional and heartfelt. The art by Rizvi is luminous. Altogether, this has to be the best issue yet, as Rizvi revisits some origins within canon but deviates at the right places.

Story: Kumail Rizvi Art: Kumail Rizvi
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Kahlil #8 Mountains

Family is always a complicated matter, even if you have a good relationship with yours. It can be fractured like many are, where you don’t get along because you are so much alike. It can be the type where you lose contact over something frivolous over inheritances. Then there are those who are close no matter what.

When there are different circumstances in families, these things are a bit more complicated. Like if there is biological and adoptive parents involved, as both have a certain stake in the child.  These things can play out very much like a Korean drama. In this issue of Kahlil, he meets his birth father for the first time through a hologram, and has a lot to contend with.

We find Kahlil’s father, the one who raised him, standing by Kahlil despite this new-found truth. Kahlil, must find a crystal which carries secrets from Krypton, and will be the building blocks to what he will become. We also catch up with Lina, as she grapples with who Kahlil really is and this hidden truth, where she lives. By issue’s end, Jor-El, begins his training of Kahlil, where his life never be the same.

Overall, a great installment that continues to connect to its aspirational source. The story by Kumail Rizvi proves he is a storytelling virtuoso. The art by Rizvi is stunning. Altogether, another solid issue that proves Rizvi is a game changer.

Story: Kumail Rizvi Art: Kumail Rizvi
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Kahlil Chapter 7: Our Last Day as Children

Loss of innocence I something that has been examined as long as people wondered about the beauty of youth. The best analogy for the loss of innocence to me, is when I saw the Santa Clause for the first time. There is metaphor for this with in the whole film series, where onl kids who still believe can see Tim Allen as Santa Claus. I was still young enough when I saw the movie, to understand what his son in the movie felt when he saw him.

Years later, when I saw those movies with my daughters, I became the pragmatic person his son would become in the later movies, as he truly lost innocence, no longer a child. As we grow up, these things become less magical, as we look for things more tangible.  Within the superhero realm, the loss of innocence is more abrupt for them than us normal human beings. In this issue of Kahlil, we see how his father struggled with not only raising a son but one with superpowers and how his years of studying engineering made it even harder to comprehend.

We find Kahlil’s father, finding a holographic recording intended for Kahlil which gives him some guidance. We also catch up with Kahlil, as he has no idea to tell Lina that he likes the way he feels. She wants to know what exactly happened in Karachi, and how was he able to do what he did. By issue’s end, Kahlil’s father introduces Kahlil and Lina to Jor-El, Kahlil’s biological alien father.

Overall, a great installment that mixes, humor, teen angst, and mythology making into a great story. The story by Kumail Rizvi elevates in this issue, as his nod to the source material, with Jor-El is pure genius. The art by Rizvi is gorgeous. Altogether, another solid issue that continues to thrill.

Story: Kumail Rizvi Art: Kumail Rizvi
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Kahlil #6

Grief is such an arduous process that most of us react in different ways to loss. There is no other type of pain which haunts you for days and, months and years on end.  Depending on the type of relationship that person had with you, determines the degree of sorrow. It seems at times, like the hurt will never go away, as your heart blubbers with anguish.

This where those “shared experiences” come into play and knowing someone who has been through it, makes all the difference in the world. If no one has been there before, in that same situation, they will never understand what you are going through. This is when you realize it will get easier with time, but you will never forget and always remember. In this issue of Kahlil, his friend, Qays is still dealing with the death of his brother, from the last issue.

We find Kahlil trying to understand the process of grief and how it affects those around him. He soon finds out that the bomb threat in Karachi, has a widespread effect on schools, as they conduct bomb threat drills, where they are on automatic lockdown, every day, because of what happened. The terrorists soon find out who what superpowers Kahlil possess. By issue’s end, a calculated move by our villains, may be the chess move they need to get their way.

Overall, another interesting mix of humor and depth, in a world where both are equals. The story by Rizvi starts to show signs of a building climax. The art by Rizvi as always radiant. Altogether, another solid installment in a riveting series.

Story: Kumail Rizvi Art: Kumail Rizvi
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Kahlil #5

Murphy’s law, says “what can happen, will happen,” which leaves one to ponder what does one really have control of? As it seems nothing. There are variables, that you have control of, which mostly means your actions. Then there are independent variables, where you hope things work out, and faith may play a part as in divine providence. Then there are people, like your children, who you hope they listen to you, but ultimately, they will do what they believe is best.

One can ponder how does this work in the world of superheroes, where one may believe free will exist, but if Batman Vs Superman, attempted to teach their audience, it is more complicated. Do any of the villains in Batman’s rogues gallery ever learn from their wicked ways? Does Superman’s constant conversations with Lex Luthor, yield any positive change in his way of thinking? These questions are somewhat asked and answered in the latest issue of Kahlil.

In Kahlil #5, we pick up right where the last issue left off, where a bomber was about to blow up a busy marketplace in Karachi.  At the same time, his family is at the same marketplace, where his father is wanting to buy his mother a gift for Eid.  When Kahlil realizes the bomber is about detonate the bomb, he leaps into action, destroying which leads the bomber into believing Allah has given him a second chance. By issue’s end, the reader finds out not everyone made it out safe as a casualty affects them all.

Overall, an excellent installment in what is very appealing series. The story by Rizvi continues to surprise and educate at the same time. The art by Rizvi is luminescent and beautiful. Altogether, a strong issue that will leave the reader feeling thankful for the good fortune in their lives.

Story: Kumail Rizvi Art: Kumail Rizvi
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Kahlil #4

In the realm of comics, it is always nice to see when your protagonist takes you on a tour of the city they live in.  I grew up in Queens, New York, rarely did I ever glanced at a Spider-Man comic, and saw any version of Queens that I knew, except for Queens Center, which shows up in just about everything New York related.  This is exactly what made the latest run of Doctor Strange, so alluring, as it does give the reader a new look at the character but also of his surroundings, Brooklyn. This is also what makes Ms. Marvel, so exceptional, as the diversity made it shine, but its realistic portrayal of Jersey City, made natives take notice.

As these examples, showed how beautiful these cities are, but also what makes them so great which is the variety of people and surroundings. This is the reason I am so enjoying New Superman, as he is a very different character, but he is a man of his upbringing and his city, Shanghai, China.  As he pushes boundaries and to see one’s self in a character, is a beautiful thing. In the most recent installment, of Kahlil, our hero goes on a tour of his city, Karachi, Pakistan.

Kalhlil and his friends a get a class assignment to take a tour of the city, and as they find it is more varied then the Western world would make you believe. AS the city also have churches and statues to Jesus Christ, as well as, beaches and colleges. Kahlil reveals more about himself to one of the girls he befriended, as they discuss the differences between the religions and his struggle to fit in, finding out within this chapter, that he has real friend now. By the end of the book, as we find out more about Kahlil, we also uncover a group of terrorists.

Overall, an interesting tour of Karachi as well as a great introspective look at Kahlil. The story by Kumail Rizvi is highly intellectual and entertaining. The art by Rizvi is luminous as always. Altogether, a great chapter that achieves two things, as well as propels the story forward.

Story: Kumail Rizvi Art: Kumail Rizvi
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Kahlil #3 First Days

The vicious cycle of “making friends”, can be hard for most people. As children, we do this out of necessity, as our need for belonging is incessant and drives most of our actions. As we get older, the need for belonging becomes less substantive, but still exists. As we become adults, we normally find ourselves in the same situation, as when we get new jobs, we again, are finding our place.

That need for belonging, is also what drives us to make friends out of people who we normally would not be friends with. As most of the time, we gravitate towards those we have most in common with. As we grow older it is almost like Abraham Lincoln, spoke of in his “team of rivals”, as we need friends who don’t only agree with us but also will not. This very dilemma, is Kahlil faces in this issue, as his need to fit in, leaves him feeling awkward.

In this issue, Kahlil’s father, got him to a very expensive private school, which will hopefully open doors for Kahlil moving forward. What he finds instantly is a that he is not the smartest kid in class and he might not be as smart as he once thought he was. He also encounters that thing that seems to subjugate kids his age, puberty, as he instantly is attracted to a girl in class. Before the end of this issue, he does find “His tribe”, as they are both the same and different , minus the superhero powers.

Another great installment in this ongoing saga of a superhero that more than belongs in chromatic world. The story by Rizvi, is unquestionably relatable and will leave the reader happy for the ending The art by Rizvi, is as always, stunning. Overall, a great issue, to an already excellent series.

Story: Kumail Rizvi Art: Kumail Rizvi
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Kahlil Chapter Two – Rising Sun

Growing up with siblings can be difficult for any child. As most of the time you don’t necessarily get along based on several factors. One of those factors, is the attention of your parents, which each child requires, yet somehow every child feels they don’t get enough of. Another factor, is the age difference, as more likely than not, the gap is significant for all children involved to feel foreign to each other.

I can only imagine how difficult it is for children whose siblings are skills wise, superior to others. Including their family. As this is primarily true for children whose siblings grow up to be geniuses, athletes, and celebrities. I can only imagine, in the world of comics, how some of these superheroes, would feel to their siblings if they had them. This is one of those questions explored in the ongoing series, Kahlil, how would his parents name him, and raise him.

In this issue’s opening pages, Kahlil’s parents struggle through the logistical challenges of explaining him to their daughter and hiding his space pod. The reader is then taken to through his parents raising him, and teaching him the ways of Islam. You follow Kahlil as struggles to adapt to his surroundings and to school. By the end of this issue, Kahlil and his parents realize they are not all different, as finding your place in the world is truly a universal concept.

Overall, a brilliant installment that takes some familiar roads but then quickly shows the reader exactly how different they can be. The story by Kumail Rizvi is funny while heartwarming. The art by Rizvi is luminous. Altogether, an excellent continuation that will keep the reader ruminating on roads taken.

Story: Kumail Rizvi Art: Kumail Rizvi
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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