We may not have time to review every book on our pull-lists but we do aim to provide a snapshot of what's been released over the past week, encompassing the good, the bad, and those that lie somewhere in between.
Writer: Ram V
Artists: Devmalya Pramanik & Dearbhla Kelly
James R: I've said it before, and it bears repeating: first issues are tough. It's a delicate balancing act between enticing an audience and establishing a story (and with SF, sometimes a world), leaving the readership wanting more at the end of the issue. I tried out Paradiso; as a big science fiction fan, I'm always on the lookout for a new title to take to my heart. Paradiso holds absolutely nothing back in the first issue - Ram V's script is busy from the first page, showing us a distant future where a seemingly sentient city has developed, leaving mankind impoverished and living on its fringes. As much as I like the invention of this title, it didn't really connect for me - there's so much going on here, there's no real sense as to what the heart of this tale will be. The art from Devmalya Pramanik is good, and he definitely looks like a talent to watch. Paradiso may settle into a fine title, but this opening chapter fell short of heavenly for me. 5/10