Mike Stuart and Kate [=McAllister=] are two Chicago cops assigned to investigate a series of brutal killings. At first, the killings are assumed to be animal attacks, maulings of something escaped from the zoo, but as the investigation continues, the evidence mounts that the killer is human. Unknown to them, the killer is both man and beast. As they close in on the truth, will they discover the killer is closer to them than either could imagine?

''Paradigm Shift'' combines supernatural thriller and police procedural into a riveting action/horror story. Updates are weekly, with occasional extended (and frustrating!) breaks. Three trades have been published so far, with hopefully more to come!

Read it [[http://www.dynamanga.net/ here]] or [[http://www.moderntales.com/comics/PS2.php here]]. Or [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/dirktiede/ps/series.php here]] for that matter. And now even [[http://www.paradigmshiftmanga.com/ps/part-one-equilibrium.html here]] too. As of January 2014, it appears to be on a temporary hiatus due to other obligations on the author, but he will return.

Not to be confused with the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII gameplay mechanic.]]

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!!''Paradigm Shift'' contains examples of:

* AccidentalTruth: Mike makes a joke about the previous night being a full moon at the site of the second mauling, long before the it's-actually-a-werewolf hypothesis gains currency. Unusually, his suggestion is sort-of taken seriously; up until TheReveal the cops think they're looking for a SerialKiller who ''thinks'' s/he's a werewolf.
** Subverted in the end, however, as it appears that these werewolves aren't directly affected by the full moon.
* ActionGirl: Kate, very much. Being an athlete in her teens certainly helps.
* ArtEvolution: Kate's hair tendrils grow quite a bit in the first chapter. The author actually went back and made them a more consistent size later.
* BillBillJunkBill: Makes an appearance in [[http://www.paradigmshiftmanga.com/ps/ps3-page88.html Part 3, Page 88]].
* BuddyCopShow
* ByTheBookCop: Mike, mildly, sometimes. Gina, all the f'ing time.
* CowboyCop: Kate at times, to the displeasure of her superiors.
* CrazyPrepared: Mike's recent escape plan to get Kate out of Chicago (involving fake vehicle registration, money) is actually something he devised for himself in case anything from his black ops days came to bite him in the ass.
* CuteBruiser: Kate. While she's very athletic, the developing ability for her kicks to explode punching bags and shoot Federal agents through wooden support beams is certainly very questionable.
* DaChief: Captain Hughes, who was a former detective himself. He's intentionally portrayed as being more concerned for them than being an antagonist.
* TheCoroner: Gina.
* DoingInTheWizard: The werewolves here are the result of genetic engineering gone awry.
** [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane That's some bloody impressive genetic engineering.]]
* EscalatingWar: Vince and Kate have an ongoing prank war involving putting messages on each other's whiteboards.
* FairCop: Both lead characters, and none of cops could be called ugly.
* {{Fanservice}}: Kate (in the story proper), and both members of the duo in the Sketchbook.
** Though as the Artist/Author says "I do not normally do Cheesecake," most scenes that happen to have nudity/near nudity/underclothes are done that way for story purposes rather than fanservice.
** It's also noticeable because when Kate shows up in underwear it's what a woman in her line of work would actually wear -- that is to say sports bras and other sensible undergarments instead of the usually fanservicey lacy things that tend to appear. Several female readers have commented that they appreciate it.
** And [[http://www.paradigmshiftmanga.com/ps/p4-page60.html page 60.]]
* FollowTheLeader: With ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'', some of the designs on the character even look the same.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: The werecreatures in the series are apparently the result of a genetic engineering project working on using genes to aid the recuperating process. [[GoneHorriblyRight It worked.]]
* GovernmentConspiracy: The series seems to be heading this way. ''Someone'' federal seems to not want their involvement in the werewolf project to get out. It's not the ''whole'' federal government, however; the FBI agent who was initially set up as a potential antagonist is trying to crack the conspiracy.
* HealingFactor: One of the first signs that Kate's not normal is when she shrugs off a bullet wound that she really should have bled out from and it heals within about a day.
** Suggested with TheMenInBlack. Kate shoots several of them multiple times in their centre of mass to nothing more than stunning effect, and even kicking one through a wooden support beam and another having a multistory balcony fall on him.
* HotScientist: Gina Anieliwicz
* HumanToWerewolfFootprints: At the construction site, there are human footprints going into the corner where the vagrant was seen sleeping, but animal prints coming out.
* JurisdictionFriction: Chicago PD versus the FBI. [[spoiler: Until a were-lion gets loose in the police station, at which point they wisely decide to join forces against the CIA or whoever the hell those black-ops guys are working for.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Every page has badge graphics for each act of the series. The badge for "Flight" makes it pretty clear what Kate's story is.
* MistakenForPregnant: [[http://www.paradigmshiftmanga.com/news/p4-page27.html Kate]], who promises to kill Mike for going along with it.
* OneOfTheBoys: Kate, who fits right in with the guys.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Inevitable, though the rules have yet to be elucidated.
** One thing that has been shown for sure is that there aren't just werewolves running around. In one scene a character ends up transforming into a ''werelion'' (Or else a werewolf with a really, really bad hair day).
** The full moon appears to have nothing to do with the change.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: Done intentionally: When Kate gets shot she bleeds ''far'' too much to have just shrugged it off like she did, and the author even adds in his commentary that the amount of blood on the ground afterward suggests a major artery or organ has been ruptured. This is yet another sign that she's not normal.
* PerpSweating
* PoliceProcedural
* SchizoTech: A subtle example, the story was created over ten years of self-imposed DevelopmentHell, so earlier storylines do not take things like cell phones and security cameras into account, while later strips do show them in use.
** In the case of the security cameras, it was predictive. Dirk included security cameras in the perp sweating scenes with a note of "I wish these really existed". A couple years after this, Chicago instituted a requirement for cameras in interrogations.
* ShowerOfAngst: One panel after Kate's been shot features this.
* ShownTheirWork: the story is set in Chicago, where the artist lived for many years. It shows.
** Though the ending of the third part has the duo on the road heading out of Chicago, so will not apply from here on out.
** And not just the setting. Every other page has comments from the author about the ridiculous levels of detail and planning that go into the script. For example, the model of gun Mike uses is a higher caliber than that allowed by the Chicago police force, but he probably could get away with it in real life anyways because it's not usually enforced. In-character references to French werewolf trials and cannibal psychology. Exact timeframes for wounds bleeding out or healing.
* StandardPoliceMotto: seen [[http://www.paradigmshiftmanga.com/ps/ps2-page21.html here]] on the side of a police cruiser.
** ShownTheirWork again however, since that actually '''is''' the motto of the Chicago Police Department.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Kate and Mike (for example, [[http://www.paradigmshiftmanga.com/ps/ps2-page88.html Part 2, Page 88]])
* VomitingCop: Justified, since real life cops who have been around murders for years tend to throw up at the site of maulings like the ones in the story and even need counseling afterward.

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