I used to go to a club called Paradiso when I was a student, somewhhwere off the Bigg Market in Newcastle-Upon Tyne. It really was the rankest place, but it was cheap. TIt’s been knocked down now and I found I have unexplained nostalgic warm memories of the stickiest, cheesiest, grottiest experiences of my younger life.
I’m sure this comic will be a lot better though.
Ram V (Grafity’s Wall, Black Mumba), Dev Pramanik (Nightbloom, Black Mumba), Dearbhla Kelly (James Bond: Moneypenny), and Aditya Bidikar (MOTOR CRUSH, Black Mumba) have a new Image title out for December, also called Paradiso.
“I’ve always been fascinated by cities,” said Ram. “They are a reflection of the people within them, and yet they have influence over their citizens. We build them to outlive us, but they are human places, tied in with our understanding of beauty and mortality. Architect and urban designer Rajiv Bhakat and I first conceived the idea of a city trying to understand its place in the world by understanding those who live within it. And, much like a real city, the story has grown and evolved into this crazy, dangerous, romantic, and magical place called PARADISO.”
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.
“I’ve been in love with the desolate, melancholy aesthetic of dystopian landscapes for as long as I can remember,” said Pramanik. “PARADISO was a dream-come-true project for me. Every design and set piece in this comic is something that I’ve put a piece of my soul into. I hope that will resonate with the readers!”
“PARADISO has been a labour of love,” said Kelly. “Between its weird and fantastic sci-fi concepts and the lush, textured artwork that I get to paint, I couldn’t be more excited to be involved. We’ve created this strange new world and it’s been so much fun getting to play in it.”
“There are pages in PARADISO that come from a hive-mind of writer/artist/colorist/letterer that any one of us just couldn’t have planned on our own,” added Bidikar. “PARADISO is everything comics should be.”
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.
Advance praise for PARADISO:
“PARADISO is an ambitious, tense, and textural body of work. Ram, Pramanik, Kelly, and Bidkar have created a tangible world; you can feel the rusty walls, taste the dusty air, kick the dirt beneath your feet. Welcome to Paradiso.” —Declan Shalvey (INJECTION, SAVAGE TOWN)
“This is warm, human, beautifully executed science fiction, building an intricate world with subtlety and grace. First it draws the reader in, then it grips them by the throat. I’m hooked.” —Al Ewing (Royals, The Ultimates, New Avengers)
“Another impressive book from Ram V. PARADISO is complex, enigmatic, and enthralling. Ram is doing for comics what China Miéville did for prose, establishing a new techno-mythology for the 21st century that is unique and yet strangely familiar. The story is enhanced by the moody, detailed art of Devmalya Pramanik and colourists Kelly and Sollazzo.” —David Hine (BULLETPROOF COFFIN, STRANGE EMBRACE)
“Dev, Dearbhla, Alex, and Aditya are an impressively harmonious art team—inks, colors, and letters merge and move in beguiling unison to create a captivating singular vision. Imagery from PARADISO has been bouncing around my head for days, weeks, months after reading. Unique, exciting work by all.” —Tradd Moore (LUTHER STRODE, Venom, All-new Ghost Rider)