Chico Comics Page Review: Paradiso #2
Paradiso #2 is on sale tomorrow at your local comic shop!
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Ram V
Illustrator: Devmalya Pramanik
Colorist: Dearbhla Kelly
Letters: Aditya Bidikar
Reviewer: Chris “The Bearded Wonder” Natale
“You can wander endlessly and never get away from a place or moment. You relive it in your dreams. Visit it in your thoughts. Everything else becomes only a way to fill in the time until you can return.” After reading Paradiso #1, I thought that this story could not become any more unique than it already was. However, Ram V and his team proved me wrong as the story keeps getting better and better with issue #2. This creative team understands that a hero is only as good as his/her greatest villain. To recap, at the end of Paradiso #1, we see that “Runaway” Jack Kryznan’s device, which he wore around his neck, is called the Pneumas and it was able to spark life in machines. Once it was taken from him by Mr. Dandy and Mr. Honeybad, we were introduced to Hazard, a large robotic creature who, at this point, we can only assume is the main villain. Hazard is an evil that should not be trifled with as it is pulling the strings that will slowly unravel Jack’s world as he knows it. I can’t wait to see what else Ram V is cooking up for this dark tale of mystery. It seems that no matter how far Jack runs, he can never truly get away from the evil encompassing the world of Paradiso.
Let’s dive into the art and the rest of the variables at play here, shall we? I may not have said this before, but I love the covers that are being made for this book. The bright colors and the details are eye-grabbing enough to pull any wandering comic fan closer to the shelf. Once we open issue #2 to the first page, we see a glimpse of the past as the characters in the book are celebrating a “new year” or “new age” of technology if you will. We are shown what life was like ten minutes before midnight in “The Great Before.” Before we get to see what happens when the clock strikes twelve, we are thrown back into the present day. With all of its drab colors and decimated technology, the art sets the tone for the time our characters are currently in. Speaking of our characters, Pramanik’s detail in their facial expressions astounds me. From dimples in cheeks when someone is happy to the wrinkles in foreheads to the excitement of a little girl on her father’s shoulders, Pramanik humanizes these characters while also allowing creating art that feels like it belongs in a comic book, which is a nice balance in my opinion. As much as enjoyed Pramanik’s illustrations, this book’s colorist, Dearbhla Kelly, also deserves a pat on the back. She varies from using really dark tones by complimenting them with very bright colors that work well with the story being told. It makes certain characters, devices and architecture just pop off the page. I also cannot forget about Aditya Bidikar for providing a clear pathway to the dialogue in this issue, providing emphasis whenever needed and giving readers like me a clear understanding of what Ram V and the rest of the team are trying to convey.
Overall, Paradiso #2 was even better than the first issue and that tells me that this team is on the right track to telling a great story that you won’t want to miss out on. This issue displayed some intense PTSD for Jack as he tries to grapple with his past and only made me want to learn more about each of the characters involved, especially the villains. Jack can try to run as far as he can and hide from his past, but sooner or later, he will have to confront what made him the man he is today. The question is, can he do it? Or has he developed such a habit of running away that his fears and nightmares will eventually swallow him whole?
Happy Belated New Year from Skully and your friends here at the Chico Comics Page. Paradiso #2 starts off right before the Midnight Event occurs. It is revealed that the city of Paradiso was full of life and loved before the system called Kronos came online. Kronos has the ability to collect data from almost any source in existence in order to develop an understanding of the world and the purpose of its people on a grander scale. Everyone seemed so happy and in awe almost as if the clock was counting down to a new year. If everything was perfect, what went wrong? Did civilization underestimate the advancement of such technology? Was it too much for them to comprehend or was the system sabotaged?
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Happy Midnight! Wait… that’s not right. Paradiso is one of the books that you should not let fall to the wayside. If you are one of the fortunate few like myself who decided to give it a shot, I tip my hat to you because you’re in for quite a ride. The covers by themselves are worth the cover price. What are you waiting for? Head to your local comic shop and buy a ticket to join me on this rollercoaster called ‘Diso. The official rating by the Bearded Wonder is a full beard on the beard scale, which is a 9.5/10.
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