Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Art History, Art History
Virgin Comics' Devi presents the story of Tara Mehta, a contemporary woman living in metropolitan India who becomes imbued with the essence of a great warrior goddess. I argue that the creators of Devi drew from numerous foundations to create their new goddess, as is seen in several images from the graphic novel. These images allow for an examination of the character's mythological heritage in the Hindu myth, the Devi-Mahatmya, her relationship to larger Hindu religious phenomena and experience, and her visual legacy in terms of the depiction of American comic book superheroes, European sacred females, and Indian comic books. These sources enable the main character of Devi to be identified as a contemporary, multi-cultural, and accessible goddess.