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Strangers In Paradise, Pocket Book 5 (Strangers in Paradise Pocket Books #5)

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  819 ratings  ·  20 reviews
While David finds solace with Katchoo, Francine can think of nothing but her past relationship with her former best friend and brings home a tattoo to prove it. It seems that Katchoo is destined to move on without Francine into the world of glitz, glamour, and art showings with her stunning display of 100 nudes. As Katchoo becomes the toast of the town, Francine finds hers ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published December 20th 2005 by Abstract Studio (first published 1999)
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This collection really saw a drop in quality and pacing for me. It focused primarily on David and I didn't need his backstory fleshed out. Storylines jumped very abruptly from one to another and in general the progression felt quite fragmented. Not that there wasn't good stuff in here, but it was nested between great swathes of what felt very much like filler. And sorry, Katchoo, I love you dearly, but even you can't pull off breaking the fourth wall without making me roll my eyes.

As I understa
Magic Mike
...and "Strangers In Paradise" gets back on track with the fifth pocket book. Mostly.

The fourth pocket book of "Strangers In Paradise" saw the story (and this reader) descend into absolute madness. It was a somewhat entertaining bit of chaos, but I can't say I 100% enjoyed the way the story messed with my brain and with the characters and plotlines of this comic. In fact, I almost stopped reading the comic partway through the fourth pocket book. I almost left and never came back, but alas, I am
Stephen Arvidson
Pocket Book 5 of Strangers In Paradise explores David's past and present as he finds solace with Katina ("Katchoo") in Las Vegas of all places. Casey, Katina's former roommate, is now a Vegas showgirl and Freddie, Francine's ex-boyfriend, has fallen for the local medical examiner. Meanwhile, Francine, is plagued with memories of her past with "Katchoo" and brings home the tattoo to prove it, much to her husband's dismay. "Katchoo", who has seemingly moved on without Francine, finds herself in th ...more
This one dragged a bit. Continued Catchoo/Francine drama, but also lots of David (booh!), Parker organization, etc.

Especially the background on David bored me to tears.

Sometimes the non-linearity is confusing the heck out of me. I'm not very good at picking up the visual clues. This one also had a non-related story at the end. Not sure what that was.

I liked parts of it, but compared to volume 4, it was really disappointing.
Printable Tire
Meh. More artless posturing and male-hating, with copious amounts of reflective smugness and a bevy of cuckolded doctor-husbands, and enough dumb post 9/11 comments to remind one that despite all proof to the contrary, this shit wasn't written in the late 90's.

This collection also contains a short story collection that is quizzical and asinine (but not quizzically asinine) concerning the exploits of blah blah blah who gives a shit.
Genevra Littlejohn
This series is really compelling. What starts out as a (fairly)run-of-the-mill coming-of-age tale takes an abrupt and sinister turn with the entrance of a crime syndicate. Forbidden love, surviving and beating one's past, finding that ultimate ability to overcome and become able to simply see yourself as a person, and atonement are all themes that reoccur, but what really makes it for me is the fact that it's told in a series of jumps-forward and back, so you can never be entirely sure which sto ...more
This was my favourite Strangers in Paradise book yet, even with some of the story being repeated. It was so interesting to finally get the rest of David's backstory.

What kept it from being five stars was the addition of the Molly and Poo story at the end. I so desperately wanted to read more SiP that it took me until the end of chapter one of Molly and Poo before I got hooked enough to really want to keep reading (instead of reading because I started it and I was darn well going to finish it). B
Kind of boring. I completely skipped the Molly and Poo section as it was pretty much unreadable!
Freddie Femur sucks!
Aug 05, 2007 Offbalance rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Strangers in Paradise
Another installment of the ongoing comic soap. We get a bit more of David's backstory, and what's been going on with Casey, Katchoo, Francine, and David since the last Pocket Book. I could have lived without the Molly and Poo digression, personally, but I mostly enjoyed this, and can't wait for the final chapter (whenever that appears).
Sam Bloom
To me, this series was derailed by the storyline at the end of the book. Up until that point I had been chugging along, reading the first four and one half pocket books in record time. Hopefully the 6th pocket book will avoid such uninteresting detours.
I enjoyed this, though I have to say, I skipped the unrelated Molly and Poo bit at the end (hope it really was unrelated!)

This series is getting a little repetitive and preachy, so I daresay the next installment will be a library job as well.
If you've made it this far, I'll assume you love the characters by now. This volume offers some more background, growth and surprises. One caveat, the side stories can be a bit different and may or may not be your thing.
Frank Taranto
The worst of the 5 I've read. Too much prose that doesn't take the story anywhere. I will have to get the sixth to see if it goes back to the original storyline
The story is repetitive but the art is amazing and pushes the envelope of the medium.
Mary Shyne
I straight up did not read the non-sequitur ending.
One of the best series of graphic novels that I have read.
Jaclyn Drake
I don't get why Molly & Poo was thrown in there?
Kevin Connery
71-76 of the series.
Jenn Ingram
Re-read: 01/08
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Following the examples of independent comic creators such as Dave Sim and Jeff Smith, he decided to publish Strangers in Paradise himself through his own Houston-based "Abstract Studios" imprint, and has frequently mentioned a desire to do a syndicated cartoon strip in the authors notes at the back of the Strangers in Paradise collection books. He has also mentioned his greatest career influence i ...more
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