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Monday, April 29, 2013

Royal Enfield Bullet goes to war in graphic novel

A Bullet takes enemy fire in a scene from Royal Enfield's graphic novel.
Royal Enfield's history as a military motorcycle is a proud one. It is also true that the only reason Royal Enfields are built today (in India) is that the military there wanted them. We civilian fans of the brand all over the world can thank them for that.

The Royal Enfield is a war horse.

So it is appropriate — but a bit unsettling — that Royal Enfield's official website is featuring a "graphic novel" (a comic book) glorifying military courage under fire.

Unsettling is that we see a young boy's head turned by a grandfather's war story. The boy yearns to become a soldier himself and.... well, we will have to wait until the next installment to find out what happens.

I'm a huge fan of comic books and, as a boy, devoured the stories of Sgt. Rock and Easy Company ("nothing's ever easy, in Easy"). So this Royal Enfield war comic is a guilty pleasure for me.

I don't wish combat on anybody, but I can't wait to see the next chapter. That assumes there really will be a next chapter. Despite the "Watch This Space For More" teaser this could be a one-off.

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