Wolf’s Wild Debut: Raj Comics’ "All The Best"

5 Jul

Hey Fan-boys, Fellow Addicts & True Believers… Aoooooooooooooooo!!!

Here is our first (and mine too) – much awaited – review of the flagship of Indian Comic’s World (or Comic Industry, if you prefer), Raj Comics.

I finally managed to get my paws on the latest Raj set (which is a bit late-ish, yes, but still considerable as the upcoming set is still a few weeks away :P). 

This set has some pretty interesting issues, especially the one that I chose to review. With so many characters in RCs repository to choose from, maybe you’ll be a little surprised that I chose this bunch, but I always thought that they have immense potential to make a steady long lasting series, instead of the sporadic one off issue once in a while schedule they are keeping nowadays. I am talking about none other than Fighter Toads!

All The Best – Cover
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This one is called All The Best, and has the regular cast of our ‘beloved innocent but amazing warriors’, Fighter Toads!!! 

The main reason behind choosing this book is that the Toads are seen in a brand new avatar, for the very first time since they came into being.

All new Shaolin Samurai Toads!!! NO NINJAS! 😛
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The book is the conclusion of a two issue mini-series ‘Chandni Chowk To China‘. Yup the name was same as the movie, albeit with a MAJOR difference. The movie sucked big time, but that wasn’t the case here. The book was pretty funny and entertaining (Even my brother Ridge (Rajat) who wasn’t really a big fan of the Toads enjoyed it and ended up reading several old Fighter Toads from my collection). And that the story includes some spoofed elements from the movie, that only made it funnier.

Incidentally this name is also shared by another sucky movie, and thankfully the book decided to follow it’s predecessor rather than either of the lousy movies!

All The Best begins with Toads arriving at Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, where they buy some not-so-genuine ‘Chinese’ electronic items. Initially they were totally elated at having bought so much in such a less amount, but when they realized that they’ve been looted and none of this stuff actually works, they decided to make a trip to Mainland China to catch those responsible behind this scam! 

Meanwhile in China… General Chuiyaan (yeah, you heard me!) along with Professor Su-Su-Bishi (you heard me again) is making devious plans to take over India itself! His plan of taking over the Indian market is already in motion but he has even bigger and sinister cards in his sleeves!

Masterrr Vs. General Chuiyaan! Go Masterrr Go!!!
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In the meanwhile, the Professor succeeded in developing a special shrink machine called the Eye-Ray Machine, using which he wants to ‘shrink’ the eyes of every Indian as he thinks that the Chinese have been subjected to constant ridicule because of their tiny eyes.

After landing in China, The Toads are mistaken to be Indian spies and are attacked by a highly trained Ninja Assassin Force and are badly injured. They are, thankfully, rescued by a Sensei who teaches them about the power of Chi and helps them realize their true potential. 

Toads In Training
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They undergo some rigorous and intensive training in order to learn how to fight like a true Samurai! 

If there were soundtracks to comics – The Rocky Montage – Eye of the tiger would be playing here!
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After donning their new Samurai costumes (already displayed in one of the pics earlier), the Toads are finally ready to fight back. 

While the Toads were preparing, the Professor wasn’t twiddling his thumbs either. Su-Su-Bishi has some evil plans of his own! 

The General, The Professor and a few Dragons are thrown in the mix for the second half of the book – which – obviously – you’ll have to buy and read, in order to find out the entire story. 

Will the toads survive the final battle? Will they be able to beat the Evil Professor, Ambitious General and the mighty Dragons? Will they be able to save all us Indians from getting shrunken eyes (whatever that means :P)? Will they be able to stem the tide of cheap and poor quality of Chinese items in the Indian Markets?

You can get the answers to these and several other burning questions in All The Best.

All I can tell you is that it’s worth the money and has a pretty entertaining climax and the final action scenes are portrayed brilliantly.

Toads Vs. The Dragasur!!!
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So what are you waiting for? Ah… Wait. I know the trigger.

Toads… Action!!

As I have already mentioned, the book is funny and entertaining. The coherence in story… er… It’s Fighter Toads! If you were looking for coherence, read Shakespeare! This on is all out fun, with an all new attitude of our Young Heroes! It has tons of action without compromising on the pace of the story or the humor within.

All in all a kick-ass end to a fun mini-series. 
Complimenting artwork by Stuti and a pretty decent story by Nitin, and edited by Manish Gupta

So Guys and Girls, Ladies and Gentlemen, go grab your copy today – the hard copy, not a free internet download you bloodsucking leech!!!

Buy Indian Comics. Say NO to Piracy!

Peace and Mayhem fellas, peace and mayhem.


Wolf Ratings:

Story – 7.5 / 10
Artwork – 8.0 / 10
Value for Money – 7.7 / 10


Credits:

Story
 Nitin Mishra
Art / Inking
 Stuti Mishra
Colors and Effects
 Sunil
Calligraphy
 Harish Sharma
Editor
 Manish Gupta



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4 Responses to “Wolf’s Wild Debut: Raj Comics’ "All The Best"”

  1. Anonymous July 5, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    ha ha…… 1st raj review and that too fighter toads….. funny :Pbut a nice one indeed…. waiting for more…. go for the flag bearers 🙂

  2. Honey Kr July 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Thanks a ton for starting the reviews of flagship company of Indian comic industry. That was useful. But a spoiler free review would be more appreciated.

  3. Abhishek Iyer July 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    Made me so nostalgic….i was back into my childhood when we used to get a comic book for just 5 or 10rs…!!I have grown up reading Fighter toads..baankelal..and many more…!!Good job 😀 :DAll the best..

  4. Mr. Universe July 6, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    Nice! Really enjoyed that review and now I actually want to read this comic a lot! 🙂 It kind of reminds me of the over-the-top but brilliant superhero adventure comics of the old days.Great work Wolf, look forward to many more from you. Cheers.

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