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Image and Top Cow Release an Early Look at Paradox Girl Vol. 1

Image Comics and Top Cow Productions have unveiled a sneak peek at the forthcoming superhero graphic novel, Paradox Girl, Vol. 1 by Cayti Bourquin and Yishan Li. The series begins this May.

As a hero with the power to go anywhere and anywhen, Paradox Girl has made an absolute mess of her own life. She’s changed history so often that she isn’t even sure who she is anymore. 

Join her in the superhero comedy, Paradox Girl, Vol. 1, as she tries to make sense of her chaotic existence, chases bizarre whims, and maybe even finds time to save the day once in a while.

Paradox Girl, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1534312203, Diamond Code MAR190110) will be available in comic shops on Wednesday, May 29. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, April 15.

Paradox Girl, Vol. 1

Review: Paradox Girl #6

The losing of superpowers seems to be a rite of passage for many superheroes. Just about very major superhero has gone through some form or another of losing their powers. It forces them to change how they do their job and the storyline usually has them becoming better people for it. This was the main premise of the first Thor movie, which depending on whom you talk to, was not what made the movie enjoyable. This is also one of the arcs in Black Panther as he loses the mantle and the powers that makes him who he is. That eventually leads to him becoming a better ruler.

In comic books this event type occurs more frequently. One of the most memorable example is DC Comics’ JLA: Act Of God, which is an out of continuity Elseworlds tale. In another JLA story, “Tower Of Babel,” Batman’s contingency plans for each of the Justice League members is hacked allowing Vandal Savage to debilitate each team member. Either way, fans gets to see their favorite character out of their element which makes for an interesting character study. In the sixth issue of Paradox Girl, we find our favorite time jumper trying to solve an issue without her powers.

Paradox Girl suddenly finds herself, by herself, as she mysteriously loses her power one day, on in which she looks to push the boundaries of being one person, versus the multiple copies she used to seeing. This is where she meets a new villain, Doctor Doctor, someone who is smarter than our heroine and makes her seem that her very presence has caused havoc across the universe. She eventually gets trapped by this new adversary, who leaves her captive for six months. By issue’s end, Paradox Girl ultimately escapes and finds out who she really is, as her powers become just an added benefit to being Paradox Girl.

Overall, a grand end to the first arc, which will leave fans more than satisfied. The story by Cayti Borquin is cracking with humor and intelligence. The art by Yishan Li is luminous and vivid. Altogether, an issue which gives a new spin on retrospectives of life and still remembers to leave a smile on the reader’s face.

Story: Cayti Borquin Art: Yishan Li
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Paradox Girl #5

As someone who loves comedies, some of the best ones are parodies. As these movies both challenge the perception of the material’s audience and makes them aware of the common devices writers use in such a genre. These stories become even more resonant, when it can both make the audience laugh and appreciate the subtleties of the type of story. Some of the best parodies ever made, were movies about spies, as they sully are taken so seriously but rarely if not successfully made fun of.

One movie that usually never gets brought up is Undercover Brother, the hilarious feature which showcases Eddie Griffin as the apropos named titular character. It used just about every trope used in these movies and then some, introducing some absurdist elements. This movie though not loved by some, still is an example of the perfect parody of a genre. In the fifth issue of Paradox Girl, our favorite character dips her feet and then some into he genre in a “Bond-esque” story.

We catch up with Paradox Girl, as she deep into a story where she a spy, the evil genius and the damsel in distress, and just about everyone onboard a train leading to Somewhere. Paradox as Agent Double O Clock starts a conversation with Paradox as Minuet Waltz fighting Paradox as Aunt Agonist who has created time bomb in front of the train they are on to erase the whole timeline. What follows is battle of wits and brawn between Agonist and Double O Clock. By issue’s end, Double O’Clock and Minuet embrace their situation in more ways than one.

Overall, another fun installment in this brilliantly comedic story that pushes boundaries and now genres. The story by Cayti Elle Bourquin is hilarious front to back and shows that Bourquin is a master storyteller. The art by Yishan Li is equally brilliant and gorgeous as sequential art should always be. Altogether, a great storyline which will have laugh at each panel while witnessing one of the best books ever written.

Story: Cayti Elle Bourquin Art: Yishan Li
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Paradox Girl #4

Time is rather fickle. It can go fast when you are enjoying life. It can drag when life sucks. Everyone you know would love to have the power to control time. The ability to stop time is even more enticing as you can adjust to what comes next. The ability to speed up time is probably the scarier of the alternatives as you don’t know what comes next and what does come next you may not be ready for.

This is where the concept of the “butterfly effect,” comes into play. Changing any detail may alter your future. As we have seen in just about every story about time travel, most characters can’t help themselves as they must make some vain attempt to alter history. This need to improve speaks to every human’s need to make things better if not for themselves, but for humanity. In the fourth issue of Paradox Girl, our heroine faces this quagmire as she soon finds out some things should remain untouched.

We catch up with Paradox Girl as she enjoys a day in the park. Unbeknownst to her she meets an elderly gentleman who is having quite a day. He tells her about a family heirloom something he inherited from his father. This is where Paradox Girl finds out just how far that heirloom went and how it leads to all the important times of his life. By issue’s end Paradox Girl learns the most important lesson of time that experience makes you who you are.

Overall, the most endearing issue of this stellar series. One that will leave you with tears. The story by Cayti Borquin is sensitive and lovely. The art by Yishan Li is gorgeous and vibrant. Altogether, the best issue in the series that shows the reader that although the book is fun it is not afraid to show its heart.

Story: Cayti Borquin Art: Yishan Li
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Paradox Girl #3

Undoing mistakes or correcting them, can be a difficult task depending on how much damage said blunder may have caused.  Understanding that you have created an error, sometimes may be akin to the stages of grief. First, you must acknowledge that you were the main cause of the mistake, which includes a lot of face-palming. Then you may or may not fess up to the crime, and who you tell it to, determines if you will be punished for it.

Then there is the actual correcting, this may lead to you doing even more work to correct said mistake, which could include a lot of pontification and eye rolls. Then there is the aftermath, either people will see this as you are making this one mistake or that it is an indication of how you do things all the time. All these things make up what can be a grueling process, sometimes maybe even cringe worthy, but it happens to the best of us. In the third issue of Paradox Girl our hero makes a mistake that she spends a considerable amount of time and effort to fix.

Paradox Girl and Axiom Man looks to stop a crazy shooter, known as the Paramaniac, but what the reader doesn’t realize is Paradox Girl is the very reason he is crazed. We walk through his day and which exact parts Paradox Girl played a part in and just exactly how she screwed up things. She eventually tries to time travel to correct each of his and her mistakes. By issue’s end, Paramaniac’s bad luck is all because of Paradox Girl, but more so, he troubles do not end, as she has a new set of villains to face off.

Overall, a rollicking and well put together installment in what is probably one of the better books to come out of the independent scene. The story by Cayti Bourquin is funny, well developed, and intelligent. The art by Yishan Li is vivid and elegant. Altogether, a great story that becomes more astonishing by upping the ante in each issue, including this one.

Story: Cayti Bourquin Art: Yishan Li
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Paradox Girl #2

There is nothing better than comedy-based comics when it is done right. This is exactly what made Mad Magazine and Cracked, so popular to read for my kids in my generation. As it poked fun at everything, no holds barred, leaving everyone a victim, pointing out some of the most absurd elements of popular culture. Any child who grew up when I did, could remember Mad’s popular parody of Rocky IV and Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, two movies that some audiences find iconic now, but were critically panned by the critics and these comic magazines. The humor in these magazines shaped what my humor for years to come and I would find this absurdist sense of humor in other comics growing up.

One of those comics was Groo, which found comedy in Conan’s action adventure fantasy settings. Another one is Deadpool, which within the comics and the movie, showed the world how wisecracking killer can still exist in world where superheroes exist and many of his jokes landed with all fans, even creating a cult like following. As most of these comics are well established, rarely do you find comics which push those boundaries enough and remembers to be funny. This what sets Paradox Girl apart from most indies, as out titular hero in the second issue finds an unnecessary foe.

We find Paradox Girl, being annoyed by one of her other selves, which leads her to throw a tantrum, as her need for sleep is what she feels she most needs. As much as would like to believe it was them who was annoying her, it was an unwelcome intruder on her property that gets her riled up. What follows is her overreacting and regenerating herself bringing a bear to take out the wolverine and then a peacock with guns to take out the bear. By issue’s end, paradox gets herself caught up in a series of mishaps and misfires, leaving her even more tired and right when she thinks she can get some sleep, the chaos ensues once again.

Overall, a raucous riot of an issue, that will make  new fans of this criminally overlooked comic book, which pushes the boundaries of time and comedy. The story by Cayti Bourquin is hilarious, irrational, and just what you need at the end of a long day. The art by Yishan Li is vivid and elegant. Altogether, another excellent installment in the superior comedy series.

Story: Cayti Bourquin Art: Yishan Li
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Paradox Girl #1

One of my favorite actors of all time is Michael Keaton. Growing up he acted in a more than a few movies that pretty much formed my sense of humor. He primarily acted in comedies until the two Batman movies he did, but then he moved to more dramas and other serious fare. One of his best movies after Gung Ho, is Multiplicity, one where his character gets himself cloned so he can do other things.

The movie was both funny and made you think, of the possibilities of what can do if they could make copies of themselves, just how productive you can be. The last time I remember a movie character doing something similar, is Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen. What if you could time travel and make copies of yourself? This is the premise that is featured in the series, Paradox Girl and what the reader is introduced to in the first issue.

We meet our titular character and her hundreds of copies in the first few pages, and how they go about getting through their day, and how many times they have traveled through time. We soon find out how she got her powers in the first place and just about habitually late she is despite her abilities. We also meet one of her superpowered friends, Axiom Man, who keeps her on track and helps fight monsters. By issue’s end, she gets her favorite waffles from 1985, saves the city from a kaiju, trains with Axiom Man, and lives to fight another day.

Overall, an excellent debut issue that feels like it is going 100 miles per hour and never lets you go. The story by Cayti Elle Borquin is very funny and action packed. The art by Yishan Li is gorgeous and vivid. Altogether, a raucous series that will have you in stitches and  will make you wonder what would you do in PG’s shoes.

Story: Cayti Elle Borquin Art: Yishan Li
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy