Review: Paragon 1A and 1B

paragon 1aBenjamin Byrne is a teenage boy who exists in an overly idyllic world. After years of depression over the loss of his Father, Ben wants to end it all. The attempt passes him through a doorway into our world. Lost and alone; Ben is homeless earning money ingesting experimental medicines. However, when the side effects kill him, Ben’s system restarts itself imbuing him with special abilities. With the assistance of Latisha, a volunteer at a shelter, Ben embarks on a journey to uncover why this world cannot metamorphose into the world of the unspoiled.

The first issue of Paragon is a fascinating debut. Two comics from similar perspectives but done in completely different styles. Paragon 1A and Paragon 1B are the same story, the origin of the character Paragon, but the style in which they’re presented are completely different. Each separate the comics are ok, but put together, it’s a very cool concept. Instead of one comic with two covers, this is two completely different comics.

1A is done in an exposition style with the story driven by captions instead of dialogue. The art is solid in this one and the whole comic comes off as more of a poem in comic form. 1B is the comic style we’ve come to know. While I like that storytelling style better, I think the art is a bit weaker. The combination of the two read back to back is really interesting.

I really like the concept. Paragon is a superhero genre with a focus on toxic chemical’s effects on the human body. Paragon seeks to enlighten and educate while seeking out the reasons behind governing and corporate powers which are motivated by their own agenda.

Imagine you were born and raised in a perfect world. Where there was no greed or corruption or negative agenda. Where the governing powers were motivated towards the betterment of society. Where there was no dysfunction or disease or disorders or addictions. Then, you passed through a doorway into our world. What would you do? How would you cope? How would you see this world?

Overall, the comic, as the two issues is a very cool start and I’m looking forward to seeing what the team does next. This is a solid independent comic and you should definitely check it out if you have the chance.

Paragon 1A
Story: Paul Jamison Art: Goffrey Mawema
Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Paragon 1B
Story: Paul Jamison Art: Gilbert Dudley
Story: 7.75 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Superhero Network Entertainment Group provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review