Paradiso, The New Image Series About A Sentient City From Ram V And Rajiv Bhakat

by Oliver MacNamee

Having lived in Mumbai, New York and now London, writer Ram V (White Noise )has certainly had a eclectic and amazing upbringing and it may well explain his interest in cities and city dwelling. Well, he’s taking his fascination with  such urban environments and turned it into a dystopian science-fi series from Image Comics, with the help of architect and artist, Rajiv Bhakat.

Take it away, Ram:

I’ve always been fascinated by cities. 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.

So what’s it all about?

Well, thankfully, Image Comics have done most of the heavy lifting by providing a handy synopsis too, so here it is now:

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.

And, of course, when preview pages become available, we’ll let you know too.


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.