Review: Paradiso #1

The Midnight Event forever changed the world. Now, centuries later, Jack Kryznan arrives on the outskirts of Paradiso City, haunted by fragments of childhood memories and in possession of a mysterious device-one with the power to change the destiny of this living breathing metropolis, the people who dwell within, and the guardians who strive for and against it.

You ever read or seen something that visually is amazing but at first the story is a little muddled but you stick with it because you know it’ll be amazing eventually? That’s the general sense after finishing Paradiso #1, a new series by writer Ram V. with art by Dev Pramanik and Dearbhla Kelly.

The first issue gives a lot of vague ideas abotu what has happened. We know there’s some event that seems to have damaged technology. There’s these individuals who are good with fixing technology and revered. And people are trying to get to this place called Paradiso City though we don’t quite know why. It’s the makings of a solid story and what’s presented is intriguing enough to continue going with some interesting concepts to make it stand out a bit too. The mystery and the settings are the draw though. No character is really given enough to really care too much about their quest or goal and the main character Jack is the mysterious hero. And the story itself so far feels like the basic mystery character needs help getting to a location. It’s a story we’ve seen with fantasy settings to sci-fi and everything in between. More will be coming but for now, it’s pretty basic storytelling.

But, what sells the comic is the visuals which are impressive. There’s some amazing things here and also visuals which feel trippy in a techno sort of way. The world and art has personality and then some and presented in a way that’s intriguing and will have you lingering on the page picking out all of the details. A lot isn’t laid out about the world which forces the reader to rely somewhat on the art to fill in the gaps as to what’s going on, what the deal with certain characters are, and what’s up with this world.

What the team has put together here is a series that has a very “Heavy Metal” feel about it all. Add in a rock and roll soundtrack with some 80s animation and you’d have one hell of an entertaining movie that would feel right at home with some of the classics and anime of the time. This is one where the style and the look stand out and help along a story that’s entertaining but doesn’t quite deliver enough to really be sucked in.

Story: Ram V. Art: Dev Pramanik, Dearbhla Kelly Cover Art: Christian Ward
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.45 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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