Strangers In Paradise Vol 9 TP Child of Rage 2nd print


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Strangers in Paradise, Volume 9: My Child Of Rage
by Terry Moore

Violence. She has been running from it for seven long years.
Violence. She has seen what these people are capable of.
Violence. She knows they will never stop looking for her.
Violence. And now they’ve found her.

Child of Rage is the conclusion to the saga of Katina Choovanski (Katchoo)’s flight from her own violent past, from a time spent with power junkies and murderous psychopaths, where decency was a weakness and human lives were handled with reckless abandon. Now the running is over. The huntred becomes the hunted when Katina turns the tables and stalker her own demons in a desperate attempt to reclaim her life, and the lives of her gentle friends, David and Francine.

Child of Rage is the ninth collection in the Eisner Award-winning comic boko seris, Strangers in Paradise. Published in nine languages, SiP is recognized around the world as the comic book for people who don’t read comics, an illustrated contemporary novel about love and friendship.

Collects Abstract comic Strangers in Paradise 31-32, 34-38
Trade Paperback, 154 pages
Published March 5th 2001 by Abstract Studio (first published 2001)

Whew! Action packed! I held my breath a lot throughout this volume. So much is revealed, so much of the past is resolved, and so many relationship dynamics changed.

I will admit that at the beginning of this storyline it felt like we were stumbling a little clumsily back into some of the skeletons from past issues. It isn’t something I can put my finger on, but I honestly thought to myself, “uh oh, I don’t think I am going to care for this one”. Part of it may be an unfortunate side effect of the fact that the beginning of this volume is where I have stopped reading this series twice before.

But, oh man! Moore finishes up this storyline with a great mix of political intrigue, action, and meaningful moments between characters. And, a lot of unanswered questions and cliffhangers are left for future volumes – there are just so many ways this could go!

‘Strangers in Paradise’ Movie in Works From ‘Professor Marston’ Filmmaker

“Strangers in Paradise” follows Katchoo, a beautiful young woman living a quiet life with everything going for her. She’s smart, independent, and very much in love with her best friend, Francine. Then Katchoo meets David, a gentle but persistent young man who is determined to win Katchoo’s heart. The resulting love triangle is a touching comedy of romantic errors until Katchoo’s former employer comes looking for her and $850,000 in missing mob money.

“I’ve been wanting to adapt ‘Strangers in Paradise’ for over a decade, since the first time I read it and couldn’t put it down,” Robinson said. “Terry Moore writes real female characters with such breathtaking sensitivity. With ‘Strangers in Paradise,’ he pulls off the nearly impossible — a sexy, stylish crime story with tons of heart. I look forward to our collaboration!”

Moore’s series “Rachel Rising” was nominated for a 2012 Bram Stoker Award in the superior achievement in a graphic novel category by the Horror Writers Association. Robinson and Moore are both represented by WME.

Terry Moore Gives Update on the ‘Strangers in Paradise’ Movie

It has been almost a year since Angela Robinson was tapped to direct the movie based on Terry Moore’s acclaimed Strangers in Paradise, and little has been revealed yet about the status of the project — but Moore revealed a bit during a recent interview with SYFY Wire.

The long-running comic, which is currently in the midst of a year-long revival to celebrate its 25th anniversary, centers on three characters: Katchoo, Francine, and David. The three are living a quiet life in Texas when dark forces from Katchoo’s past track her down, hoping to take everything from her, including Francine and David.

“Because Strangers in Paradise is the work from my heart, I guess maybe the book of my life, I turned down offers where I was just going to hand it to somebody for $20,” Moore said. “That just seemed like not a good idea. And I used to talk to people and they’d say ‘Oh, that lesbian story,’ And I’d say ‘nope.’ If you said that you didn’t read it. There’s so much more to it, and nobody likes labels, right? So now we’re going to do the movie and the deal was, I have to write the first script, just to at least get the story going in the right direction. because I’m working with friends, with Angela and all that, I think it’s going to work. Angela is a great writer; she did this movie called Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. She wrote that, so she’s really really good and I trust her to take my first script — and when I write a script it’s not like it’s going to say cut to black or anything. It’s more like an actor’s script, like a stage play. It’s not like a shooting script. Angela will turn it into what she needs it to be, but I feel really good about trusting her with my baby.”

Moore’s approach, of course, could be said to mirror that of Todd McFarlane, the Spawn creator who eventually came to the conclusion that if he was going to get a movie made that he could be proud of, he would have to have a hand in it himself. McFarlane will direct Spawn later this year for Blumhouse, with Jamie Foxx in the lead role.

In the twenty-five years that he has been working in mainstream comics, Moore has earned a reputation for writing and drawing women well; when asked, he tends to deflect, saying that he simply writes them like people, and chooses to make his characters female because that is what he prefers to draw.

“I’ve been wanting to adapt Strangers In Paradise for over a decade, since the first time I read it and couldn’t put it down. Terry Moore writes real female characters with such breathtaking sensitivity,” Robinson said at the time of the announcement. “With Strangers In Paradise he pulls off the nearly impossible — a sexy, stylish crime story with tons of heart. I look forward to our collaboration.”

Strangers in Paradise, along with Silver & Black (the planned Silver Sable/Black Cat movie set in Sony’s Spider-Man universe) and DC’s New Gods, will be the first comic book movies directed by women of color.

Moore, a best-selling and award-winning indie writer/artist, has seen his share of film and TV options over the years, but neither Strangers in Paradise nor Rachel Rising, his recent horror series, made it past the screenplay stage.

Robinson directed Professor Marston And The Wonder Women, a drama that centers on the life of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston and the women who inspired her personality. That film is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and streaming. Strangers in Paradise XXV #4 will be in comic shops on Wednesday.

Collects Strangers in Paradise 31-32, 34-38. Near mint, 2nd print.