Strangers in Paradise
Strangers in Paradise is a complicated story, particularly popular with female readers, and people who generally do not read graphic novels. It can be boiled down to a simple set of elements. In the very first story, you meet a woman perhaps in her late thirties or early forties named Francine, and another woman nicknamed Katchoo. It’s clear they love each other, but that their relationship failed, and that, perhaps, they now have a second chance.
Then the story jumps back to Francine and Katchoo in their early twenties (and later jumps back even further, to when they met in high school). You watch their relationship as it builds, knowing that it will fail, but hoping that Terry Moore is playing some sort of trick, and that it will succeed, or that it will fail, but sow the seeds of success when the older versions of the characters meet.
On a second level, there’s a crime story, which comes to the fore in later collections. For me, this is a lesser part of the story, although others seem to like the action and adrenaline this adds.
SiP is brilliant. It is creator drawn, and is in black and white, but that’s something I’d forgotten because when I’m remembering the story to review it now, I recall it in colour.