A seeming-reversal of the very final page of Strangers in Paradise #90 in 2007 where the lead characters Francine and Katchoo closed the door on the readers, forever.
Forever is a long time. The door is opening again in January. And here’s your first look at the cover and solicit for Strangers In Paradise XXV #1 by Terry Moore, from Abstract Studios.
STRANGERS IN PARADISE XXV #1
(W) Terry Moore (A/CA) Terry Moore
America’s favorite couple is back! To celebrate its 25th-Anniversary, the Eisner Award-winning series is back with an all-new story beginning with this #1 issue! Francine and Katchoo are living the dream until they learn a former Parker Girl is in hiding and writing a tell-all book about the wicked empire Darcy Parker built with Katchoo at her side. Determined to stop her, Katchoo enlists the aid of her mercenary sister Tambi and the hunt is on!In Shops: Jan 31, 2018
Strangers In Paradise is a comic that primarily concerned itself with the relationship between two women, Helen Francine Peters (referred to as Francine throughout the series) and Katina Marie (“Katchoo”) Choovanski, and their friend David Qin. Francine considers Katchoo her best friend; Katchoo is in love with Francine. David is in love with Katchoo (a relationship which Katchoo herself is deeply conflicted over).
The love triangle (which later expands into a love rectangle with the introduction of Casey Bullock, who married Francine’s ex-boyfriend Freddie Femmur and later divorced him, in order to pursue both David and Katchoo) alternated with the mystery and intrigue regarding Katchoo’s past as an underage lesbian sex worker and the Parker Crime Syndicate. Run by David’s sister Darcy, the “Parker Girls” work for the shadowy ‘Big Six’ organization, an international crime syndicate with influence over the world of politics. “Parker Girls” were highly trained women used by organized crime to control, manipulate, spy upon, and ultimately kill men and women in positions of power and authority, for the Big Six.
Strangers In Paradise began as a three-issue mini-series published by Antarctic Press in 1993, before being self published, then picked up by Image Comics , then self publishing again until 2007. Since then, Moore has worked on a number of other series including Echo, Rachel Rising and Motor Girl.
But now it seems, 25 years later, it’s back to the beginning. Consider this comic’s own version of Twin Peaks.
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