Strangers in Paradise, vol. 13: Flower to Flame

Writer(s): Terry Moore
Artist(s): Terry Moore
Publisher: Abstract Studio
ISBN: 978-1892597243
Price: $15.95
Page count: 144
Year Released: 2003
Status: in print
Original Source: Strangers in Paradise (vol. 3) 55-60
Other Collected Edition(s): Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book, vol. 4
Genres: humor; romance/relationships
Recommended for Fans Of:
Possible Objectionable Material: graphic violence
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Also in This Series: preceded by Strangers in Paradise, vol. 12: Heart in Hand; followed by Strangers in Paradise, vol. 14: David’s Story

Plot Summary
This volume starts with a flashback to 1988, in which Tambi confronts a headstrong mafioso and his wife. Then it's back to the present, where Katchoo moves in with Casey to begin "life after Francine." She begins painting again and meets Sara Fitzgerald, a charming model who seems to have a lot in common with Francine. Meanwhile, back in Tennessee, Francine suffers a devastating loss and reaches out to Katchoo--but Casey steps in to try and defuse the situation (with disastrous results). This all culminates in Katchoo crashing Francine's wedding--but is she too late?

My Own 2 Cents
Another pivotal volume in the Strangers in Paradise saga, Flower to Flame contains some heartrending moments (not least of which is Katchoo's reaction to her stepfather's death). But a Snow White fantasy sequence helps to lighten things up, and Moore also includes two helpful flowcharts that list Francine's and Katchoo's ever-growing string of relatives and friends.