A few days ago, I received a copy of Gyan Khand Media’s new graphic novel about the eighth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Harkrishan (1656-1664), entitled “Guru Har Krishan – The Eighth Sikh Guru”:
He led the Sikhs for two and a half years and spent part of that time in Delhi tending to the sick and poor during an epidemic of smallpox. Thousands were healed by Guru Har Krishan. The disease subsided in Delhi but the Guru took the suffering of the people upon himself and succumbed to smallpox at the age of about eight.
This 32-page release is scripted by Daljeet Singh Sidhu and the artwork completed by Bhupendra Singh Ahluwalia.
As with previous releases by Gyan Khand Media, the comic book is of very high quality and overall, my impression is consistent with previously reviewed comics. However, I did note a greater use of images in this release, with only one page dominated by text. Further, in my opinion, the artwork in this production has advanced that of the previous releases. It is pleasing to see that this production house endeavors to improve their product.
This comic book provides a thorough and comprehensive account of Guru Harkrishan’s short life and thus provides a variety of lessons about the legacy of the “child Guru”. I would also venture to say that this story is appropriate for a broader age range compared to previous releases, which are probably more suited for older children.
The pricing of “Guru Har Krishan – The Eighth Sikh Guru” is consistent with previous releases. As of the writing of this review, the comic book is priced at $3.99 (with free shipping), and the digital Kindle version is available for $1.99 on Amazon.
As educational resources, I continue to recommend this and previous graphic novels by Gyan Khand Media. For more information, visit SikhComics.com.