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Paradise X - Volume 1 by Alex Ross
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Oct 08, 2007

did not like it
bookshelves: graphic-novel, giveaway, fiction
Recommended for: Comic-obsessives and the insane

I enjoyed the premise of Earth X, taking the Marvel universe and twisting it into a truly epic story, wherein all the superheroes who were for so long the focus of all comic book stories became little more than pawns in a much larger game. It had surprising revelations, interesting artwork, and a unique story.

Universe X attempted to continue that story, but the artwork wasn't as good, and the plot seemed to become convoluted just for the sake of being convoluted.

Paradise X? The artwork, aside from Alex Ross' excellent covers, is terrible. The story, although it might seem impossible, is worse. But what really gets me about this book is just how slapdash it seems to be. It really seems as though everyone involved is just making things up as they go. Captions are misplaced. Character designs seem to change from page to page. Plotlines appear out of nowhere. Serious moments are interrupted by lame jokes.

And most importantly, it just keeps going on and on and on ... Where was an editor to stop everybody and say, "Where the heck is this going?" The writers just keep adding things for no apparent reason, pulling in obscure characters who seem to serve no other purpose than proving that the people making this comic know more about Marvel comics history than anyone ought to.

Do you know what you find in the dictionary next to the word "Pointless"? The definition of the word "Pointless", which is what this book is.

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