RandoMonday: Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book 6

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.



Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book 6 by Terry Moore (art & story), with Brian Miller (cover colorist)

This final collection of the series has it all. Secrets are revealed! Relationships are destroyed. Relationships are rekindled! There is death and life and love. To say anything about the specifics would ruin the story to new readers, and I want to entice anyone who has not read Strangers in Paradise to do so. It is a story and a journey that is so, so satisfying. Terry Moore is masterful in his art, and he conveys such deep and vivid emotions through it. What can be better than that?

New Comics Wednesday 8/27/14

Happy New Comics Wednesday! Here are the comics that I’ll be getting from this week, plus the best comic that I read recently!


New Comics this week

The final five comics listed below are ones that I’m really looking forward to reading from this week.

  • ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #16: The penultimate issue. I wonder if this will get the Super Spectacular treatment like Legends of the Dark Knight did? Also, for some reason, I thought this series was ending numerically before LotDK did, but not counting the Super Spectaculars, LotDK only went 13 issues.
  • AQUAMAN #34: My last issue. This book is falling prey to my pet peeve of the DCU: plot/action over character development.
  • BODIES #2: I still haven’t read #1!
  • NEW 52 FUTURES END #17
  • SECRET ORIGINS #5: Didn’t we already see Cyborg’s origin in Justice League? And Red Hood–do I have to read it? ;)
  • SINESTRO #5: My final issue. Since Sinestro stopped being an unwilling Green Lantern, I haven’t enjoyed the character that much. What DC needs to do is an Odd Couple type book starring Sinestro and Hal.
  • SUPERMAN #34: While I’m not loving the art, at least this Superman book isn’t being bogged down by the Superdoom storyline.
  • REVIVAL #23
  • SAGA #22
  • AVENGERS #34
  • LETTER 44 #9
  • SIXTH GUN #42

Go here for a complete list of comics releasing this week.

Best Comic I Read Recently

SIP Kids #1 by Terry Moore (story and art) and Steve Hamaker (color).

This was just so much fun to read. Not only do we get all those great SiP characters as children, they’re (and the story) is done in a very Peanuts way, but still touching on what makes these characters unique. Plus, there’s a cameo of kid versions from Rachel Rising! I had hoped that we get a sequel to this, and Terry Moore has already announced that issue 2 will arrive in December!

Runner Up: Star Trek: New Visions: “Time’s Echo” was going to be my pick this week, but then I read SIP Kids. I am totally digging this photonovel series by John Byrne. For fans of Star Trek: TOS, these comics are the next best thing to actual episodes. Byrne takes imagery from the series and creates new stories for us. Sometimes the effort isn’t quite up to snuff (some images look overly photoshopped and forced, for example), but you know what? That still works! Why? Because TOS was cheesy in its own way and often overreaching, so whether intentional or not, the fumetti version fits right in. The shorter story at the end of this issue is even somewhat poignant, and answers why Janice Rand was no longer on the Enterprise. Good stuff.

RandoMonday: Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book 1

Here’s a cover image chosen at random from my collection.

Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book 1 by Terry Moore (art & story), with Brian Miller (cover colorist)

I was visiting The Comic Book Shop one day with my wife, and for some reason, she was in a rare mood to try something. Maybe she was curious after over 20 years of watching me read all those comics, and listening to me talk about these characters and stories that she knew little about. Maybe it was the clerk who was attentive and eager to help my wife find something that interested her. Regardless, the clerk (and for the life of me, I can’t remember her name at the moment–sorry!) recommended Strangers in Paradise. I bought it for my wife, of course, thinking, oh, yeah, I’ve heard about this–I should give it a try, too. After I got through the initial farcical first storyline, I was hooked. I started buying these pocket book editions for me (and yes, my wife continued reading them as well, though she stopped after the third or fourth volume).

Wow. For those who have read this fantastic series, you know. You know! For those who haven’t read it–yet–you will find out what a ride this truly is. It’s a love story, first and foremost, about multiple characters, but the driving force is, of course, Katchoo’s and Francine’s love for each other. Along the way you get political intrigue, social commentary, murder, and so much more. What seemed like one-off and two-dimensional characters turn out to be just as intriguing as the main protagonists. Characters who start off as jerks end up being pretty cool, and vice versa. There’s just so much to savor and digest. It doesn’t hurt that Mr. Moore draws everything so prettily, and I’m not just talking about the female characters (I think I’m sort of in love with Katchoo, but don’t tell my wife!).

There’s never been a better time to read Strangers in Paradise (or SiP) because Mr. Moore has just released an omnibus edition, or you can read it as I did in the Pocket Book editions. Either way, as a comic book fan, you need to read this series.

Day 7 (30 Day Comic Book Challenge)

Favorite comic couple.

Umm, this is a hard one. I loved Dick and Kory together. Dick and Babs. Lois and Clark. Brent and Jade. Batman and Robin. But I’m going with Francie and Katchoo from Strangers in Paradise.

If you haven’t read this fantabulous series, why not? Seriously, you will not read a more beautiful, human story (with some crazy shit thrown in for good measure every once in a while) than in that series. And Terry Moore’s art is just stunning at times. What this couple’s friendship goes through is the very definition of emotional roller coaster. I can’t explain adequately my love for this story, except to say that it is sublime. Go buy the pocket book series and you will not regret it.