Without love, we're never more than strangers in ParadiseWriter: Terry Moore
Art: Terry Moore
Publisher: Abstract Studio
What's it about?
Volume One: Freddie and Francine are a couple. Francine lives with her best friend Katchoo. Francine has trust issues and won't have sex with Freddie, though they've been together for a year. So Freddie and Francine split up. Katchoo comes onto Francine, who declines. David notices Katchoo in an art gallery, comes on to her, and is rudely (very rudely) rebuffed. Francine has a breakdown and Katchoo vows revenge on Freddie. The relationships get messier and more ridiculous as each character tries to negotiate their way through the romantic minefield.
I am reviewing these two volumes together as they are best read in tandem. Strangers in Paradise is described as a romance comic, and while Volume One is all about boy/girl, girl/girl, girl/boy relationships it is certainly not a traditional romance story. Volume Two fleshes the characters out and gives a better feeling as to where the series is going.