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Paradise: A Serious Place on the Serious World
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Story
Setting the Island of Paradiso
Date set 40 AGD
Media information
Release date 2018
Writer(s) FireStar97
Artist(s) FireStar97
"The concept of this reboot story is basically taking the BIONICLE story and creating a 'What if...?' scenario where you have this screwed up dying world on which the Toa Mata have already arrived, but instead of doing another rehash of the original you do something different with it. So the Toa go to fight Makuta for the first time where in the original series they defeated him, in my reboot they are the ones that were defeated. So you wind up in this world overruled by chaos and darkness and a team of protectors who are broken and have no real fight in them anymore. How do they continue on? What will they do if the situation only gets worse and worse? What do they become? What are their beliefs now, after that defeat? Should they continue on living or is death the only escape? More or less a deconstruction of the characters and their world all while doomsday draws ever close. That's really interesting to me for a reboot."
―FireStar97 on the upcoming graphic novel Paradise: A Serious Place on the Serious World.

Paradise: A Serious Place on the Serious World is an upcoming graphic novel written and drawn by FireStar97 about six former heroes, dealing with guilt, regret and loss. All while the end of days draws near. It is a reboot of the original 2001-2003 BIONICLE storyline as well as taking a lot of inspiration from the 2004 - 2008 storyline while still being its own separate thing. The novel will be released in 19 confirmed issues starting from 2018 onward.

It continues FireStar97's style of being much more philosophical and metaphorical than a normal straightforward story. Therefore he asks of you to look deeper into what you've just read and think about the novels themes, messages and overall meaning. The author also goes all out with his imagination which may be uncomfortable, disturbing, mind-blowing and an incredibly weird experience to read and/or watch.

This Graphic Novel is rated M (Mature) for Extreme Violence, Blood and Gore and Romantic and Suggestive Themes

Tagline

"This is how the world ends..."

Synopsis

An island cast in shadow, a foretold prophecy turning out a lie. Six heroes broken physically and mentally after their defining defeat, giving evil the upper hand. Now they must battle themselves, put aside their differences and past, for a greater threat is coming. The Doomsday. Will the six defeated, former heroes go by their virtues and save the lives of their people, or would they rather die in the filth and mud of their own miserable lives, taking everything and everyone down with them? A tale of violence, death, fear and madness ensues, leaving all to ponder who really is the actual villain and why they should continue on living...

Story

"As a kid I always wanted to be a comic artist and write my own comic series. I did that a lot in my early days, experimenting with story and concepts, drawing my own characters. So this is like a trip down memory lane for me with an all new spin and perspective on life mixed in. This may be the most imaginative, weird, trippy, disturbing and all out original thing I've ever done. Some of it may make sense to the reader, some of it may not. This is the stuff of dreams and nightmares for me. And that's why I love it. I just didn't want to write a story about heroes being mostly happy and saving the day, being like "another job done, what's next". I wanted characters who better save themselves first, before they try to go and save the world from extinction. So the story may be a little psychotic, strange and deranged but that's the point of it all, that's the story."
―FireStar97 on the story, artwork and concept of the novel.

Issue #1: I am Death

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Small Single Panel Tease

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Issue #2: Psychotic Therapy Part 1

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Issue #3: Psychotic Therapy Part 2

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Issue #4: Absence of Hope

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Issue #5: Trial of Fate

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Issue #6: Hellish Memoirs

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Issue #7: The Year is Forty

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Issue #8: The Man Who Is Magic Part 1

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Issue #9: The Man Who Is Magic Part 2

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Issue #10: We Make the World this Way

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Issue #11: What Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

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Issue #12: The End is Nigh

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Issue #13: Legends Live On, Only Man Comes to an End

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Issue #14: Why aren't You Laughing?

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Issue #15: Down and Out in Heaven and Hell

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Issue #16: Makuta's Thorn

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Issue #17: Paradise Lost

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Issue #18: Dämonen Abschied

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Issue #19: I am Rebirth, I am Free

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Characters

Main

  • Tahu
  • Kopaka
  • Gali
  • Lewa
  • Pohatu
  • Onua
  • Tuyet
  • The Makuta/Teridax
  • Kolhie
  • "The Priest of Death"
  • "The Man Who is Magic"
  • The Narrator
  • Turaga Vakama
  • ...TBA

Supporting

  • Helryx
  • Turaga Dume
  • Lhikan
  • Rimus
  • Zaktan
  • Vezon
  • Reidak
  • Hakann
  • Vezok
  • Thok
  • Avak
  • Takua
  • Jaller
  • Hahli
  • Turaga Nokama
  • Matoro
  • Turaga Onewa
  • Turaga Matau
  • Turaga Nuju
  • Turaga Whenua
  • Hewkii
  • Macku
  • Kongu
  • Nuparu
  • ...TBA

Author Notes

"I believe that telling a great, memorable story is creating a world, a whole other universe if you will, with real people in it. And what you are doing is putting their lives, beliefs, adventures and world views into words or pictures with which you try to change an audience's perspective on life or at least try to entertain them. Doesn't matter how crazy the story is, doesn't matter how unbelievable it may all sound, if these characters are real to the writer and he can convey their existence so well that they transcend the boundaries of the page, the audience will remember this world and the story you are trying to tell. That's what I am attempting to do in this book. I want to trigger a change in view of the world as much as it changed me and helped me cope with my personal issues while writing and drawing it. If it takes me years to get it right, then it will take me years. This is the first and only project in my life that made me so excited and afraid, at the same time, that it is the only one I just need to finish."
―FireStar97 on the project.
"The world in the novel isn't the same world we saw in G1 nor the one in G2. This is a much darker, crazier and more gothic take on fantasy and the BIONICLE story in general. Its a world of violence, betrayal, murder, despair and the stuff of nightmares. G1's world possessed some of those elements sure, but that was its own thing. This, this is hell."
―Author and artist FireStar97 on the tone and world of the novel.

Trivia

  • FireStar97 wants the graphic novel to be many things: nostalgic, dramatic, horrifying, mind blowing and original. It is also a book which grants the author a platform where he can transition from character to character, even characters that have nothing to do with the main story, so that he can tell all the stories and story arcs he wants to tell in a BIONICLE reboot in one single book.
  • The graphic novel was originally planned to be drawn, inked and colored traditionally, that is on paper. But the extensive amount of work proved a little too much for FireStar97, who is doing this all by himself. And seeing as he's a perfectionist, especially when it comes to images and drawings, he was displeased with his traditional coloring work. Therefore the entire graphic novel is being colored digitally, while still being drawn and inked on paper.
  • A small, three-pager tease of the first issue is set to be released soon.
  • The title of the graphic novel is inspired by that of FireStar97's all time favorite graphic novel, Grant Morrison's Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth.
  • FireStar97 really tries to do his own thing with the story and shape things to his liking. This causes this 'reboot' version of BIONICLE to stray very far, in certain areas, from G1 and G2 in both themes, ideas and overall execution.
  • The graphic novel is written as a piece of metafiction, something FireStar97 has never attempted before.
  • Depending on the success and reception of the entire novel, it remains to be seen whether other graphic novels or just short issues will be written and drawn to expand on this new BIONICLE universe FireStar97 is creating.
  • FireStar97 doesn't hold back while writing the story, which provides certain difficulties when he must make sure its not too mature for the wiki.
  • Each issue of the novel has a page count of 22 (minus the cover). This is the traditional issue comic page count, without the advertisements. Due to this it is highly possible the number of issues will increase in the near future, as they have already gone up from 10 to 19.
  • The concept of the story is inspired by FireStar97's cancelled very mature BIONICLE Alternate Reality novel titled The End is Nigh.
  • The tagline as well as the title of Issue #15 are from Grant Morrison's The Invisibles, which is one of FireStar97's favorite Morrison works.
  • This novel will stray from the traditional reboot formula.
  • This was originally a BIONICLE motion-comic series but FireStar97 favored the idea of doing a graphic novel instead.
  • FireStar97 wants to bring back the mystery of BIONICLE with this novel, as he thinks that the original series lost that after a while. The novel will also be very mature according to the writer and artist.
  • FireStar97 wants the novel to not only be visually beautiful but also have an amazing story and deep meaning.
  • The graphic novel will devote a lot of attention to the mystery of the Red Star, since this mysterious object really fascinated FireStar97 back in 2001.

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