Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Graphic novels for Grown ups: Terry Moore

Image by Terry Moore http://www.strangersinparadise.com/

Following on from my Paranormal Romance blog post, I also love to read comics and graphic novels. This particular love goes back to my early days as a child using the fantastic Glen Innes Library, borrowing all the Asterix and Garfield that I possibly could (but not Tin Tin, don't shoot me, but it was just never my thing). Fast forward about 15 years later to my early 20s (and that wonderful decade that was the 1990s) and I rediscovered my love at my local comic book store. Comics were wonderful! And they were for grown ups too!

We are pretty lucky these days, as comics are all around us, not only in print or digital format, but also as a source of material for many a movie or TV series. Yes there are the obvious ones, such as the many Marvel and DC adaptations, but there are the less known ones such as Road to Perdition, A History of Violence and Wanted.
As for The Walking Dead, after reading parts of the comic over my husband's shoulder, and hearing that the series was pretty faithful to the comics, I knew the series was not for me (again don't shoot me, I just need a little happy with my comics ;) )

Here are the first of  my all time favourite, cannot recommend ENOUGH graphic novel series, all by the very talented writer / artist Terry Moore, who self-publishes through Abstract Studio.

Strangers in Paradise was the magical series that lead me back to comics in the first place in the 1990s. I was initially drawn to the realistic curvy and beautiful looking women on the posters in the comic store promoting the series. The story then continued to work its magic on me, the tale of best friends Francine and Katchoo and their adventures, mishaps and loves. I was also convinced I needed to find a David of my very own someday (and eventually I kind of did). The series ran for 14 years in total, and I cried ALOT when it ended, these characters were so real to me, and I loved them all. I was also always rather proud of the fact that when I picked up my latest issue from the comic shop, there would be a competition between myself and my significant other to read SiP first, I took to reading it in the car on the way home from the comic shop while he was driving, so he couldn't beat me to it. And yes, it really is that good.

The next series Echo was a little different from SiP, with our heroine Julie being fused with a mercury-type metal after witnessing an explosion in the desert. While this series is a little more sci-fi, Terry's writing still shows the same depth of human characterisation, and it is always a highlight when a character from one of his other series pops up, showing that all his books are living in the same 'Terryverse' (can I live there too?). My significant other tells me this is the series he would most like to see turned into a movie or TV show, I just want them all :)

Mr Moore's latest series Rachel Rising is also well worth checking out. While it is quite different again from his previous titles (a horror comic this time round), it still has all the same humour and excellent writing as the other two titles. In this series, the titular Rachel claws her way out from a shallow grave, and then begins solving the mystery of who murdered her. I have to admit, when this series was first announced, I was a little bit worried, as horror is not really my genre. I should always have faith though, this has been every bit as riveting and character driven as the other books, and always left me wanting more (with a bit of a shiver).   In an interesting side note, I've just seen a review of Rachel Rising over on Goodreads, where the reviewer said that she met the Devil himself (Mark Pellegrino who plays Lucifer in Supernatural) and he recommended this series to her, I can't think of a higher recommendation! This fantastic series is sadly due to end soon, and I'm currently holding my breath to wait and see what will be next for the talented Terry Moore. Whatever it is, I'll be definitely buying it!

(Originally this was going to be a post featuring a whole heap of my favourite Graphic Novels for Grown ups, but as it grew to mammoth proportions, I realised it would need to be a two parter at least, so watch this space for more excellent titles and unmissable authors).

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