Beneath an undistinguished corner shop in Bradford, England
lies a world-shattering secret - a buried city of wonders,
where an ancient evil has been imprisoned for 6,000 years.
That evil is about to be awakened by Ali and Sofia - two teenagers
nervously anticipating their arranged marriage - and they
must call upon the equally ancient Prince Ben Rama and his
Ultrahadeen, avatars of light and joy, to drive the darkness
back. But will Ben Rama be able to triumph without the love
of his immortal soul mate? Or will evil cover the Earth with
destruction and despair? One thing is surely true - their
final battle will shake the very pillars of heaven...
is a breath of fresh air to the over crowded comics market.
heroic individuals at the centre of this tale are the most
unlikely of characters - a family that run a local corner
shop in the North of England.
our story opens the father of the family gets a call from
his eldest son, Omar, who is minding the shop. All hell has
broken lose and Omar finds himself trapped under several boxes
of Turkish Delight. For some strange reason their premises
was built on the top of a strange alien city, and the shop
floor has collapsed under the weight of so many Western confectionery
products. Omar's younger brother, Ali, enters the city,
but also manages to free a trapped evil that has been held
captive for thousands of years.
it's heart, this is the timeless story of boy meets girl;
boy fall for girl; girl's destiny is with the gods and so
boy sacrifices his happiness for the greater good; girl won't
let him; girl loses boy; girl gets boy back again... kinda
thing. It's laugh-out-loud funny, trippy and a little insane.
But above everything, it is a beautiful tale based in Bradford
- how many of those have you read?
Morrison pulls out all the stops to deliver a hilarious modern
fantasy, and I can think of no one more suitable (except maybe
Jamie Hewlett back in his Hewligan's
days) than Philip Bond (Wired World and Angel &
the Ape) to bring this bizarre tale to life.
of you fed up with American based superhero nonsense will
find this a welcome diversion.
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