Chico Comics Page Review: Paradiso #3
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Ram V
Illustrator: Devmalya Pramanik
Colorist: Dearbhla Kelly
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Reviewer: Chris “The Bearded Wonder” Natale
Holy crap! Just when I thought that this series couldn’t get any better, this issue proved me wrong. I had to read it again just to make sure I wasn’t going crazy (I wasn’t. It all actually happened). The character, Jack Kryznan, is in way over his head and to think this al started because the poor guy just wanted to see the great city of Paradiso. He didn’t ask for this. I mean, maybe he did when he was given the device called the Pneumas, but he was thrown into this life without a choice. Jack has been running from it, but at some point, the past will catch up with him sooner or later. There are some questionable characters looking for his device as well, including Hazard, which may lead our character into the lion’s den. He is caught between a rock and a hard place. After speaking with the book’s writer, Ram V, after reviewing issue 2, Ram V, I was told that future issues will give us answers, but they will also create more questions. I have to say that he wasn’t kidding. Even though we were given explanations as to how some characters tie into Jack’s story, I found myself asking more questions, which I cannot say here because well, spoilers. I really enjoyed how some of the pages were a little more text heavy in this issue. You may look at “text heavy” and think it’s negative, but I mean it in a good way. The lettering done by Aditya Bidikar made these pages clear and easy to follow. The writing was almost poetic and it really made me think more about what is happening in this story. Ram gave us a better look at his world and that did not go unnoticed. Not only did Jack receive a good amount of character development, the city herself did too. If you aren’t along for the ride by now, you better hop on fast because the world of Paradiso is worth the journey (and I mean a literal journey—go to your local comic shop and pick up these issues!).
Let’s begin with the cover art and go from there. I am not sure who designs these covers, but I have to say, job well done. I am more impressed each time the next cover is shown. The colors and figures used just make you wonder if there is more to this world than meets the eye. I would also like to give a pat on the back to Devmalya Pramanik. Not only a great person to chat with about comics, but a unique artist as well. Pramanik’s style seems to excel at dystopian fantasy. The art is rough and edgy with a hint of Mad Max. The colors by Dearbhla Kelly fluctuate from being vibrant some times when emphasizing certain things like the Pneumas to developing darker tones in the landscapes and with the characters. It seems that the further down the road this series goes, the darker the path gets. It makes me wonder if we really understand everything that is happening or if we just think we do. I never thought I would see some of the colors that have been used in this series and that is one of the things that makes this title stand out from the other books on the shelves.
Overall, this issue is one hell of a ride from start to finish. I expected no less from this creative team because they have held my attention since their first debut issue. Ram V has really created some interesting characters who prove to be likeable in their own mysterious ways. He has a way of throwing you a bone every now and then with this world while also giving you a reason to come back for more. It’s brilliant. The art and colors only make this story better whether it’s the cover art or the interior. I cannot stress enough how incredible this issue was for me as a reader. I felt like I was with Jack throughout his journey and I am just starting to put the pieces together. Maybe I’m not. I guess I will just have to wait and see how the story unfolds in issues to come. Paradiso #3 goes on sale today, February 14, so make sure you and your Valentine make a date at your local comic book shop.
Jack Kryznan just can’t seem to catch a break. First, he’s ambushed. Then, his device called the Pneumas is taken from him and he is practically left for dead. He is traumatized by this mysterious fog that forces him to relive the worst moments of his life. He is rescued by some mysterious man who happens to be there just in the nick of time to save him. Something is wrong with this picture. Jack is in way over his head. This is not some getaway to the moving city of Paradiso to explore its wonders. There is more at stake here than he realizes…
How did you get here, Jack? Paradiso #3 is even better than its previous issues. The writer really guides you through what is going through Jack’s head and this whole journey to Paradiso. It included plenty of great character development and even some surprises that I did not see coming. The art is perfect for this dystopian fantasy and it has a hint of Mad Max to it. Why are you still sitting there? Hurry up and sneak a ride into ‘Diso. She’s waiting for you. The official rating by the Bearded Wonder is a full beard on the beard scale, which is a 10/10.
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