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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Central Jersey – Local Business Sends 400 comic books to troops and families – Fantastic to see things like this.

The Beat – Image’s Infidel Film Adaptation Secures its Director – Can’t wait for this!

 

Reviews

ICv2 – The Book of Ballads and Sagas

Mandatory – The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

The Beat – Die #1

Comics Bulletin – Doomsday Clock #8

Talking Comics – Ironheart #1

The Outhousers – Nightwing Vol. 6

The Beat – Paradiso Vol. 2

The Beat – Punks Not Dead

The Outhousers – Transformers: Unicron #5

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow? What are you excited for? While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Eagle-Tribune – Comic books helped student with dyslexia how to read – Interesting.

The Federalist – The ‘Jawbreakers’ Comics Outrage Is A Ginned Up Controversy Between Book Banners – Don’t agree with everything said here… but it is. And when a respected conservative publication says it…

IGN – POW! Entertainment Responds to Stan Lee’s $1 Billion Lawsuit – What else would you say?

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock #1

Newsarama – The Joe Shuster Story

Comic Attack – Menthu Anger of Angels

Talking Comics – Paradiso #4

Get ready for a real trip: Paradiso, Vol. 1 hits stores this May

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.

Review: Paradiso #2

Paradiso2The new post-apocalyptic fantasy series Paradiso is like a spectacular cake that is missing a critical ingredient. It has hard edged, yet gorgeous art from Devmalya Pramanik, an emotional color palette from Dearbhla Kelly, and some smart world-building from writer Ram V, who makes the cloud and big data responsible from taking Earth from a more utopian Blade Runner to the planet Jakku meets Mad Max Fury Road. However, the book lacks a real human element, especially in its main character Jack, who spends a lot of Paradiso #2 bumping around as a scavenger in Paradiso while his friend, Noira, who is left behind relives the best moment of Paradise #1, which was Jack using his magical/technological abilities to activate a toy for a child in a world where all the lights have gone off. Some of that same vibrant hope can be found in Pramanik’s faces, but it doesn’t bleed into the rest of the story, especially the plot. It’s a fascinating world, but still with no entry point for readers beyond some nebulous going to the big city to start a new life storyline.

But let’s start with some positives. Paradiso #2 is a rusty, yet beautiful vision of the future from Pramanik and Kelly because it’s set in a world where a toy lighting up and talking is cause for alarm. Kelly mostly works in the shadows, but when she does use a brighter palette, like a yellow or white, it’s a cause for hope or fear. With the help of Pramanik’s detailed architecture, she is also able to show the difference between pre and post-Midnight (An EMP-like event that triggered the apocalypse.) by using a flatter or fuller color palette.

Pramanik is no slouch when it comes to storytelling using a nine panel grid to lay out a chase scene that belongs in a much better comic with the protagonist Jack hanging for life by a thread on the bleak city cliffs of Paradiso while hallucinating about a mysterious hat and coat wearing, but faceless being. There’s a bunch of cool imagery that evokes the post-apocalyptic sci-fi work of Sean Murphy, Matteo Scalera (Black Science), or even Geof Darrow, but less gore and more tinker toys. Devmalya Pramanik would make a great storyboard artist. Paradiso is something that I would definitely flip through if they ever made an “Art Of”, but it’s lacking in both the character and plot momentum department.

The climax of Paradiso #2 is the aforementioned chase where Jack jumps, falls, and runs around a ruined cityscape before meeting a “friend”, the hard nosed Vance, who is either a mentor figure or antagonist masquerading as one. However, this setpiece doesn’t feel earned because Jack is still more cipher than character, a kind of grungy “magical boy”, and his pursuers are even more one dimensional. The scene is well-drawn and smooth, but there’s no real suspense even though if Ram V, Pramanik, and Kelly offed Jack, I wouldn’t mind. Honestly, there is nothing interesting about Jack except the “pneumas” (Greek for soul) power he used in Paradiso #1, and his character motivation is vaguely running to a city that provides opportunity and also is ground zero for the apocalypse. Ram V and Devmalya Pramanik’s setting is fantastic, but their characters are boring and the plot is just wheel spinning. For example, there’s an overlong interrogation sequence that feels like tuning into the middle of a police procedural case of the week that you’re unfamiliar with. Breaking a kid’s toy is just mean though.

I really wanted to like Paradiso #2 after a promising premiere issue and an epic flashback sequence showing the rapid transition from hope and optimism in technology to death and cynicism, but the half-baked characters and sluggish plot (Rooftop chase aside.) means I won’t be making a return journey to this world.

Story: Ram V Art: Devmalya Pramanik Colors: Dearbhla Kelly
Story: 5.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 5.8 Recommendation: Pass 

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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It’s a new week of awesomeness. The Last Jedi opens up this week and we’ll have our review when the embargo lifts this Tuesday! We can’t wait to see it and if it lives up to the hype! While you (and we) wait, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Engadget – Marvel comics arrive in Hoopla’s public library app – Nice!

Daily Herald – Graphic Novels foster literacy – Yes they do.

The Robesonian – UNCP professor’s show picked up by The North Carolina Channel – Very cool to see this.

The Buffalo News – Valuable comic book collection swiped from former state senator – That sucks. If anyone has info that can help catch the thief…

Kotaku – Marvel vs. Capcom Tournament With Special Rules Lets Pro Mess With Opponent’s Controls – Well that’s an interesting way to play.

Kotaku – This Weekend’s Marvel vs. Capcom Trophy Is A Light-Up Infinity Gauntlet – Want!

The Beat – Meg Lemke takes over as Graphic Novels Review Editor at Publishers Weekly – Congrats!

The Beat – Mel Caylo leaves Boom! – Boooo! We love Mel!!!!

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman #36

Comicosity – Bingo Love

Bam Smak Pow – Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #1

Talking Comics – Paradiso #1

Bam Smack Pow – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #77

Ram V, Dev Pramanik, Dearbhla Kelly, and Aditya Bidikar Take Us to Paradiso City

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.