RAKSHAK: A HERO AMONG US-ORIGIN-ISSUE 2
With the first book taking over with a storm in the Indian comics scene, Rakshak book 2 furthers the adventures of Aditya Shergill as he consolidates his allies and resources for this war against injustice and crime. This is a path that he cannot tread alone and there will be those who will walk with him whether he wants it or not. Aditya spent the better half of his life fighting against the enemies across the border and now he has dedicated himself to the destruction of the enemies within. The only difference, he is not backed up by a Government and firearms, he is backed up by common people who wants to rise and say ‘NO’ and perhaps it is a better weapon than any gun or bomb.
Who is RAKSHAK?
Rakshak is a vigilante sans superpowers: yes there are quite a few of them, the biggest one being Batman, followed by Punisher, Daredevil, Kickass and others. The uniqueness of Rakshak as a vigilante comes from the fact that he is an ex-Indian army marine commando or MARCO, equivalent to US Navy Seals. Having lost a limb serving his country, and having seen the worst in humanity, wounded both in body and soul, he wants nothing but to settle down with his family, i.e sister, brother-in-law (who happens to be a white American) and his teenage niece, a comic book nut. Like most vigilantes, his journey towards exacting justice is rooted in a personal tragedy, akin to the great violent tragedy of the Nirbhaya Rape case in Delhi which shook the world. This tragedy drives him to the edge and finally he decides to take law in his own hands, partially because of the guilt of not being able to save his sister and brother-in-law and mostly because he wants to rekindle hope and motivation for his orphaned niece. Captain Aditya Shergill, inspired from comic book superheroes like Batman, decides to don the mantle of Rakshak, the Protector. The uniqueness of the story is the ground reality which it is based on: what if a normal human being, working within the boundaries of a code of no killing, without the backing of billions of dollars, decides to take the law in his hands as a masked vigilante? How will the world react? What real life challenges will he face in his sojourn against injustice and crime? Rakshak is a dark, cerebral, yet elevating tale of one man who decided to stand up and say ‘No’.