Grant Morrison just announced that he will be publishing Avatarex, a superhero comic set in modern day India.  He will be publishing the story through Graphic India, who just released the first issue of Morrison’s 18 Days.

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Avatarex is the sequel to the Sanskrit epic The Mahabharata.  It features a being from the third world who is sent to save humanity at the end of days, but arrives too early for the apocalypse.  He merges with a hapless human and through this person, experiences the troubles of the world, grows as an individual, and learns to collaborate with his vessel to change the world.

Morrison describes the series as his way of escaping the chokehold American culture tends to have on superheroes and to “re-imagine the entire concept through a different cultural lens.  Avatarex is the first digital only comic I’ve written and I’m excited by the opportunity to create for a more accessible global platform.”

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Interestingly, the book’s first issue will be released exclusively through the Humble Bundle, a program that allows users to pay what they want for books, films, and video games.  There will be a new 6 page chapter every two weeks.  The first issue of Avatar X will be bundled with Stan Lee’s digital exclusive edition of Chakra the Invincible.

Here’s the pricing guide for the Avatarex bundle.  It looks like you’ll have to pay $15 or more to actually get the Morrison comic, but if you do, you get all of 18 Days and a huge number of other books as well.

Customers can name their price for Ramayan 3392AD Issues 1-16, Ramayan Guidebook Special, Ramayan Origins Special, Myths of India Issues 1-15, and The Mighty Yeti Issue 1.

Customers who pay above the average will also receive Stan Lee’s Chakra The Invincible Issues 1-8, Stan Lee’s Chakra The Invincible Short Stories, Deepak Chopra’s Buddha: A Tale of Enlightenment Issues 1-6, and Black Tiger Issue 1.

Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above plus Grant Morrison’s Avatarex Chapter 1, Grant Morrison’s 18 Days Issues 1-10, and Grant Morrison’s 18 Days: The Illustrated Hardcover Scriptbook.