Paris Island is the poorest and most crime-ridden neighborhood of Dakota City.
Gangs were commonplace, and turf wars a regular occurrence. So much so that eventually all the local gangs agreed to settle things once and for all, at an intersection of the three main gangs' territories, a spot called "Ground Zero".
This "Big Bang" was no secret, and when more than five hundred gang members converged that night, armed and ready, everyone in the area, police included, knew what was going down. Even Dakota's mayor Thomasina Jefferson, knew about it. Mayor Jefferson decided to take advantage of the unique situation by marking herself as a "tough on crime" candidate for the next election. Once the Big Bang began, she ordered the police to release a special tear gas containing a harmless radioactive marker, which would allow them to track any gang members who got away for days afterwards. Then, the police would move in on the gangs in force and apprehend as many of them as they could. By morning, the vast majority would be incarcerated, and the stragglers could be chased down and picked up over the next few days.
Things went hideously wrong. The gas killed over ninety percent of the people exposed to it, with the survivors either being hideously mutated into monstrous forms or gaining superhuman powers. Those survivors became known as "Bang Babies"; to the world at large the deaths were attributed to gang violence.Most of the territory is controlled by the Blood Syndicate. During Worlds Collide, the bridge to Paris Island, destroyed during the Big Bang, was the nexus point between Dakota and Metropolis.
- The crimelord Holocaust was born and raised in Paris Island.
- Virgil Hawkins (secretly the superhero Static) was born on Paris Island, but he and his family later moved to the working class neighborhood of Sadler.