I've been reading Strangers in Paradise in pocket book form. (These are compilations of material that originally appeared in single issue comic book format.) This book is the last in the series, as the story comes to a close.
At its heart, Strangers in Paradise is a love story. Katchoo and Francine meet in high school. They're perfect for each other. They should be together. But instead, they wind up apart for years, and when they find each other again, they're plunged into drama and intrigue: secret identities, organized crime and killers, marriages, divorces and, er, folksingers. You name it, it's all here, rolled into one entertaining, convoluted ride.
Let me get my criticisms of the series as a whole out of the way. It lagged at times. There were a whole lot of interludes with song lyrics and poems that I didn't feel contributed much, and that frankly I didn't think were very good. Also, some of this series was reorganized when it was reprinted in these Pocket Books, and the result is a long, odd tangent in one of the previous books that is too disconnected from the characters and story we've grown invested in. So... not all 6 Pocket Books would have gotten 5 stars from me. This one, though does.
Book 6 fulfills all the promise built up through the series. This final volume brings the multifaceted story to a close most effectively, and affectingly. I was left at the end with that bittersweet feeling you get at the end of a really good book or film: you know these people are fictional characters, but you will miss them, now that their story is over. I was so glad I took the time to read Strangers in Paradise.