Paradiso #1-4. . .Diamond In The Rough (REVIEW)


What am I even reading any more? Because I don't know. I've jumped on to The Amazing Spider-Man. I've hung from the nuts of DC. And now I'm looking at the Image real estate market and it's looking damn good. So what am I talking about you might ask...I'm talking Paradiso...and no I'm not taking Dante. AND NO, I'm not talking Devil May Cry...and I'm really digressing right now. However, Paradiso is a syfy adventure the likes of which I've never read. And after binge reading the first 4 issues, this book is nothing to take lightly.

That being said, I'm not going to go into the original format of Light, Dark, Unhinged. I'm just going to talk Paradiso. However, if I was going to use the standard I'd say let's start with the dark. Because believe it or not, there is VERY little. SO! The art is garbage...and that's me putting it harshly. However, fact is I read a lot of top notch comics. They are drawn well and colored well. EVEN if they're not. So when I say it's garbage I'm holding that to the standards of DC & Marvel level artists. The line work is weak, the colors are muddied, and the dynamics are lackluster. However, when you sit back and look past what is bad in the art you can see everything good. First of all, the art just works for the story. It might not be a visual masterpiece, but it is a certified touchdown. The art really compliments the story in a way that doesn't take away from the lettering or the story it self. Also with Paradiso you get sweet clean panels that move the eye along. Even splash panels are beautifully confined to the page like I've never seen before. So I know I come off hard on Devmalya Pramanik and Dearbhla Kelly, but the art and colors never once turned me off. And some panels shine brighter than others. Long story short if you can look past the imperfections of the art you can appreciate how perfect Paradiso actually is.

Now art and colors are great, and Paradiso is a run of few words, however, the words that it does use tells the story of a man lost. Void of memories. Or as the book 3 so greatly put it. A man that has the answer, but doesn't remember the question. I mean that's pretty damn dope. Writer Ram V, (which what a name by the way), has taken something that shouldn't work in comic book for and tells a stunning story. Honestly I get a lot of Afro Samurai meets Mad Max meets Avatar the last Airbender. I mean the way this story is told and complemented by the lettering is something else. One of the benefits of running your own universe I suppose. There is also a lot going on without being too much. V blurs the line between who is good and who is bad. Who's on the right side of wrong and vice versa. Without having too much information for each character V makes you feel for them or at least want to know more. For example, two of the characters in the series, guardians, say so little. In fact, one doesn't talk at all, however, V makes them matter. And when things happen to them, it makes you care. I would 100% promise you that Ram V has a shot at working for DC and they need creative minds like his.

I think this was an end to an arc, but I for one cannot wait to get into book 5. I've not read a book since White Knight and Mister Miracle that has had me so at the edge of my seat. I'm so happy I picked this title up...and even though it isn't what I had hoped. I really can't complain. This is what Image is all about though. Hidden gems that blow your mind and melt your face. Now like I said, the art isn't going to give you orgasms, but it will tickle your balls with how well it works with the syfy, dark, future story Ram V is telling and I know things will only get better from here.