Writer Ram V, artist Dev Pramanik, colorist Dearbhla Kelly, and letterer Aditya Bidikar will release Paradiso, Vol. 1: Essential Singularity, collecting the first four issues of the psychedelic sci-fi series, this May from Image Comics.
Centuries ago, civilization collapsed in a single cataclysmic event known as The Midnight. Now, it seems humanity is only able to thrive in one place: a living, breathing city called Paradiso. And it seems it’s drawn Jack Kryznan, a man haunted by fragments of old memories—and in possession of a mysterious device of awesome power—to its gates.
Paradiso, Vol. 1: Essential Singularity (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0660-8, Diamond code: FEB180586) hits comic book stores Wednesday, May 16th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailer is Monday, March 12th.
Fans can find a special Book Market Edition cover of Paradiso, Vol. 1: Essential Singularity (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0883-1) in bookstores on Tuesday, May 22nd.
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
Writer Ram V, artist Dev Pramanik, colorist Dearbhla Kelly, and letterer Aditya Bidikar team up for the mind-bending science fiction tale Paradiso this December.
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.
Paradiso #1, Cover A by Dev Pramanik (Diamond code: OCT170582) and Cover B by Christian Ward (Diamond code: OCT170583), hits comic book shops Wednesday, December 6th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 13th.
One of Maryland’s premiere Indie Comic Publishers, Advent Comics will be on hand at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con with their latest comic releases, including Greg LaRocques‘s The Regulators #1 and Project: Homeland #0 with the main story produced by Bart Sears. Also, they will have an exclusive, available only to attendees of this show – The Hit Squad #0!
The Status Quo has been…Shattered!! As Advent Comics prepares for this year’s show, we are proud to present our first ever Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive – The Hit Squad #0. This 24 page, MATURE READERS title features the Advent Universe’s deadliest assassins in their very own one-shot. This hard-hitting release features “Original Sin” by Tony Kittrell, Dev Pramanik, Chris Strong, and Chris LeBlanc, and back-up tale “Murderous Intent” by Tony Kittrell, Ronaldo Florendo, Rachel LaChance and Oren Kramek. Special cover by comics superstar Greg LaRocque.
Advent Comics invites you to their booth #2206 to get your books signed by head writer Tony Kittrell and to pick up the latest info on upcoming projects like the epic Cosmos Maxi-Series that will have the industry buzzing! The staff at Advent Comics is looking forward to meeting all of the fans at the show!