February 2, 2000
If you love soap operas, you're probably female and will love the new
comic book series, Strangers in Paradise.
If you hate soap operas, you're probably male and will love Terry Moore's
new title anyway.
"Soaps" are often written from a female viewpoint and met with
indifference by males because they are about human relationships.
Women seem to understand instinctively that love and family stir the
human gene pool.
Males wade in the shallow end.
"Soaps" are also so full of the intricate plot twists that
women love and men disdain that new viewers find joining a series in mid-story
confusing. Moore's introduction to the eighth issue is right.
"Think of Strangers... as series of movies, all about the
same group of people. If this is the first issue you've ever picked up [,] then
you just walked in on the first movie with about 10 minutes left to go."
It was my first issue.
I'm male and hate soap operas.
And I love this comic.
Everything about Moore's art is right (except that he seems less than
interested in inanimate objects like televisions and furniture). But
"soaps" aren't loved or hated for their artwork.
You'll love it for its writing. Although I can't figure out why Francine
was kidnapped by Mrs. parker to force Katchoo to reveal who stole all of that
money when Mrs. Parker actually knew all along who took the swag.
I'm sure I'll buy the next issue to find out why.
Because Strangers... doesn't wade in the shallow end of the gene
pool, it's highly recommended for adults.
Strangers in Paradise #8/21 pgs., $2.75 from Abstract Studio. Written and
drawn by Terry Moore, it's available in comics shops and by mail.
To promote comic books, model Susie Owens became one. It's a shame it
wasn't a good one.
Confusing scene changes, too many almost unrelated plots, and average art
weaken this title.
Hola to our readers in Fan News (Florida)!
Shock me once, shame on you. Shock me twice, shame on me.
Shock me not at all, shame on Hyper Violents.
It's not the fault of this new anthology of horror stories, of course.
What shocks once never really shocks again. That's why the 'splatter' movie
series like Friday the 13th and Halloween continued to draw
audiences only by escalating violence until that violence became ludicrous.
why Hyper Violents, a comic book of four short jabs to the stomach, won't
frighten a jaded old codger, well insulated against shock.
these four vignettes, the first punch creates a living corpse as a magician's
bout with a devil sours. The most violent and artistically interesting of the
four stories, "Magic" delivers style instead of originality.
pugilism of "War Crime" fairs little better as a military platoon
faces their fate on a hell planet of blood and guts. Art diminishes its impact.
it a dream or real is the overused question of the third round of Hyper
Violents. Although its art shows promise and the story rings with a
sincerity that saves it from cliché, "Chronicles: Stephanie" is
average at best.
vampire killer kills vampires in "Bad Moon".
there. Done that.
the best piece, and with several nice dialog clips, it chills instead of
9, 10, yer out?
the young, this anthology is maybe a knockout. For seasoned readers, it's more
like a pat on the back by an old friend.
#1/$2.95, 32 pgs., CFD/various artists & writers/sold in comics shops and by
cute babes in much ado about who knows what. Jumbled story, distinctive art and
an intriguing cast fill dreamlike settings. [Dark Horse]
Japanese fluff as two young, big- eyed, cute policewomen chase everything from a
panties thief to a goofy superhero. [Dark Horse]
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