Kassandra did sound a little bitter, didn't she. I think she may have missed the part where Terry thanked Palmiotti for the inking assist - that's why the faces don't quite work sometimes. I do half-heartedly agree with her on that Elf*Quest analogy - the Pinis did get lost there for a while, and with the sprawling epic SiP is developing into, the danger of losing sight is there (God knows I thought that's what had happend with that whole Ashley thing.) But Terry hasn't failed us yet, so I have faith. I'm still a happy fan.
Tambi cannot kill David. Katchoo and David spend the happiest years of her life together in Hawaii in the future, remember? Maybe he dies in the future, but not today.
Terry, I was glad you were back to the main storyline. The Molly thing was kind of an unwelcome diversion. I missed Katchoo and Francine. The people who think your current work is lacking can just stop buying the book and quit their whining. I'm still along for the ride.
I am sure that in the next issue noone will get to see if David died or still lives in his picky egg on a mountains top for u think what else if not this will chain the readers once more to the story- but actualkly u r wrong Terry- I quit- I d say u lost it
Wow Terry u got worse, ur so called Art was hiseous this time, the faces did not fit, characters were hardly recognizeable and the whole scene looked lost for someone with ur standard this was lousy work- the thing that sucked the most was ur David sequel in the end, not only that his house is a never-seen stupidity that should be hit from this planet instantly but his lousy talk while BAD TAMBI is back to kill kill kill ya rite, how stupid was that? Ur ability to show that there is more in a person but black and white worked as long as u had a few more weirdos like Darcy and her clan and now that all these people died, u have to get u another extremely bad one huh? And what was this Presentation of three new characters supposed to be for? The girls getting creepy by findin a scull- well who cares and that guy in the fitness center didnt really hit a spot did he? What was that for? And what was the whole story about anyway? What about the mainplot u did years ago and why do I get moire and more bored of seeing Francine and Katchoo flirting again. Francine might be neurotic but that doesnt make here open up for a deeper friendship with Kat who wants her whole and even a few month apart from each other wont change that so please Terry end this stuff, the story is about to fail complete, stop when it still works to reread the older issues. Remember Wendy Pinis Elfquest? Well she didnt stop, she told stupid stories about nearly every frikkin character in her world and lost the big picture, the quest back to the stars and now nobody is seriously interested in how the story may continue!
A few weeks ago I saw a guy on ebay selling all his SIP-issues for 20 Euro and he stopped reading when u came up with Ashley sittin in front that lector and I think he was right about that. Ur art turns aweful, the storyline gets cheaper and so do the characters- what Sip was to me, wasnt around for 10 issues and maybe u seriously should think about quitting ur quest Terry before it all gets more and more like an oily cheap daily soap.
The first thing I noticed about this issue was Katchoo's blouse. Is it just me or does it look like her nipples are pointing out? I don't figure Terry or Jimmy a perv or anything, I just found this odd.
Cute how smitten Katchoo is with this whole godmother business.
Also, I think that if there is any actual trial that these people speak of, it should be for Monica killing (?) poor Mrs. Dopuey!
The strip search airline security gag was pretty funny, too.
Lastly, did someone hit Dumoni in the nose with a brick? That creep's face is hideous!
Damn you! I loved this issue, and I'm all angsty and hopeful, and you're about to pull the rug from under my feet again, aren't you?
LEAVE POOR KATCHOO ALONE!! I mean, Tambi? Working with David? Going to kill David? (not that I like him, but still...)
Can you do me a huge favour and have Casey run over by a truck or something? Brinks Armoured ought to do it. Gah! If it's not David busting in on them, it's Casey. Though how sweet and just *sigh*worthy was the pinky holding? It's the little details like that that make me love you when I'm hating you with every fibre of my being. And the uncertainty as to who was talking during the airport scenes? First time I read it, I instantly attributed them to Francine, oddly enough. Then thought it was Katchoo, and now... well, now I just don't know. I think they took turn about, to be honest.
Anyway, just thought I'd let you know that I'm still very hooked, I hate you for being so damn good, and I'm in love with Katchoo.
If David's half the spy this new wrinkle suggests he is... well... he could see Tambi coming.
David's not dead. He's not dead.
So help me, if David's been jerking Katchoo around all this time....
Keep us guessing Terry...and we'll keep coming...
thanks a lot...
ps: anyone ever heard of the movie "boys on the side"
if u're looking for sip on screen this is it people.... and forget all the wizard casting calls...whoopie Goldberg is the definititve Katchoo...
After this issue, David calling Tambi a bitch back in Hawaii is cast in an even more complicated light.
Nice work, Terry.
After this issue, David calling Tambi a bitch back in Hawaii is cast in an even more complicated light.
Nice work, Terry.
All I can say... all I can think is... *whimper*
Wowie... Terry, you are an amazing talent. I'm pulling out a few of my graphic novels to send a friend who has yet to dive into this story... the world entire must read SIP! Thank you for your hard work.
I really like the story to this issue. Excellent - new plot lines! Or at least revived plot lines. This is very exciting. The art though... it seems like something is different about it, almost like it's either unfinished or like someone else was working on it. Is something different, or am I just losing it?
It is so nice to get back to Katchoo and Francine. I love to read about all the other people too don't get me wrong, but Katchoo and Francine are like my relationship before it came together and my girlfriend admitted she loved me. I absolutly feel compassion for Katchoo's conversations with herself about Francine. I have done that many times to myself. I used to tell myself, "No, you can't just kiss her, don't do it, you have to wait for her, or you'll push her away." Oh such fond memories. Anyway, thanks for making it so real. Christina.
TERRY!!! This issue was perfect. The art was tight, as usual, and I have to say that I think how you reintegrated the mob/conspiracy thing from years past into the Katchoo/Francie story was just brilliant. I must say, the Katchoo journal at the beginning and after Francie says she loves her was a great touch. One last thing to praise, then I'm done, I think. When Katchoo meets Francie in the airport, there's the narration, and the text-in-the-background on pages 3 and 4. And what I found so entirely brilliant about it was it looked to me that the narration could have been from either Katchoo OR Francine. Maybe from both. And that, sir, was just marvelous. Keep it up, Terry.
Okay, I lied. One final thing. It's about damn time that Katchoo make up her mind. Oh-- please don't kill David. We need him. If Tambi's gun to his head is any indication of his fate, PLEASE just have her pistol whip him. He can't die. You would have to pull a Marvel Universe thing to bring him back from certain death, like they did with Spider-man's Aunt May. She was dead and buried and HOW did they bring her back?? But anyway. Don't pigeonhole yourself into that type of cop-out. Besides, we need the sexual tension that will occur when David stops being spineless (like Francie stopped) and goes to see them, to reclaim 'his' Katchoo, after Francine and Katchoo are wearing rings they exchanged. (Are you going to challenge the catholic church now, with the same-sex-couple issue now? Pleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease??)
Anyway, love the comic. ~Steve B
Well, well, well! Back into SIP with a vengence here! *grin* I loved it!!! A few thoughts...it was definitely worth the wait! The scenes with Katchoo and Frannie at the airport and at Frannie's appartment were EXCELLENT!!! So much communicated through so few words! Casey was a hoot! I half wanted to kill her for not getting out of Kat and Fran's hair, and was also half glad she stuck around, since Kat and Fran were also feeling a little awkward and taking things slow is a good idea. *sigh* Terry, I dont know how much more of this unrequited business we can take out here....of course, every show, or story that has ever made a storyline or plot out of unrequited love generally loses it's dynamic and pace and power the minute the situation is requited and resolved. I tell you this...Terry, I think that should you ever take Katchoo and Frannie off the hook and let them get together, I have faith that you could sustain the story and keep it going even after ending the unrequited suspense part of it. But seeing them together at the airport was sheer heaven! The art by the way was devine! Gorgeous! I loved the way you showed that the girls have matured and grown and changed--they are women in their middle years now and they look great! Especially thought the portrayals of the changes that pregnancy has made in Frannie physically were beautifully handled. You didnt just draw Frannie as ever and then make her fat to indicate pregnancy--you got the little subtle changes in her face and her stance and her body that pregnancy makes in a woman. And you made them beautiful and natural! And you showed the changes in Katchoo as well. Gone are the ripped jeans and defiant t-shirts...that was one beautiful confident woman that got off that plane despite her inner turmoil! Awesome artwork!
And one comment to a readers letter further down...why do you think it was Katchoo who was doing the whole "kissmekissmekissme" thing in the background? I think it was BOTH of them! "Can I--can I buy you dinner?" indeed! I laughed over Katchoo choking on what she might have said. *grin*
As for all the other lovely little subplots running around the background--whoo! Tambi's either going to have to pull that trigger or lose a lot of face here....But David ain't gonna back down. So we will see...and what is this about getting Katchoo pregnant? Some how I dont think it's just Tambi's burning desire to be an aunt. Also, the other implication is, that for all that David loves Katchoo, he has been aware of whatever subterranean plot this is all a long. That will be the second time he's done something like this to the girls--the first time when he insinuated himself into Frannie and Katchoo's life in the first place at his sister's bequest. I like David and whether he lives or dies, he's got a lot of guts....but I DONT trust him. Katchoo's subconcious is wiser than she knows.
The situation at the health club gives me chills...thank God Casey got out of working that night, but this sucks.
And I am so not suprised at Veronica turning up. Figures she would find a way even in her grave to make life interesting for everyone involved. It is startling that she was found, though. Tambi's way better than that! Makes one wonder...
I treasure seeing Katchoo and Frannie together again! Does anyone else see the resemblance to when Frannie and David picked up Katchoo at the airport years ago when she had taken off to see Emma? David standing there trying to get a word in edgewise and Frannie and Katchoo in their own little world...Somethings never change! You go girls...I hope you get that house with the picket fence in a neighborhood that doesnt mind alternative coulples someday! Hawaii is the logical place by the way since they have partner benefits and so forth at this point...I'm dreaming. Oh well! As always...I see in Frannie and Katchoo the love that exists between me and my partner Gena--blissfully requited in our case!--and seeing that kind of love in a comic book is an incredible thing! Thanks for giving us SIP Terry! Our lives would be poorer without it!
Hanging in blissfull suspense until next issue!
I liked it but I don't want Katchoo and Francine to have a sexual relationship. I know if they both have men it would change the story but can't they just be extremely close friends. I know they're only characters in a story but I quit reading Gen 13 because of the
lesbian leanings in the story. (You're story is much more interesting.) I keep reading wondering what's going to happen next.
Just one gal's opinion.
Terry and of course Robyn,
I must concure with the WOWS this issue! It has been a bit since we have had such a great cliff hanger and story that was packed so tightly with plot info for so many threads. It is definitely a high water mark issue.
It was nice to have so much soft goofy mixed with nasty bad, tastes like my favorite demiglace by boss/friend/chef Pierre. The subtleties of this one are wonderful (with Katchoo's touching of the miracle within Francine and the ultimate sharing experience to come being the best of all) and more frequent than usual. Okay, the look on Tambi's face when she gets of the plane is damn fine too!
I think you should edit film some time. Your skills in this area are exquisite and both #46 and #47 shine brightly in how to pace a story and tell so much with what is not there. Your use of a plethora of techniques to do this is also wonderfully refreshing and keeps me intrigued. Amazing!
Hmmm, the cover though this time...well, uh it reminds me of Sammy Hagar's cover for "Musical Chairs (77)", interesting, but seems a bit out of place. Hey, it is your book though and it does stand out on the stands since there isn't a book that looks anything like it on the racks.
As for the assist by Mr. Palmiotti, I am truly impressed. I can be so particular at times that I border on snobbish and I admit that I have never been much of a fan of his work before, but this time I am and I welcome his assistance in the future if it helps you get the Stories out easier and keeps your lovely wife and family happy. I know what it is like having to fulfill your creative needs; personal needs, family needs and feed everyone as an "artist". Would I prefer you to do it on your own sure (more satisfaction that way for someone who richly deserves all he can get), but I wouldn't be saddened if you availed yourself of Mr. Palmiotti's services more. I disagree with the folks who think that they can easily ascertain the difference between your work and that of the both of you. The first thing I asked our friend (and retailer extrordinair) yesterday when we talked about #47 was how I couldn't tell how much, or where Mr. Palmiotti's work appeared. I am very curious though??
Kudos once again and please don't feel guilty for taking so long to get this one out. I would bet my extensive collection of Gaiman stuff that any fan of SIP would rather wait a while for an issue like #47 than get something less satisfing every month no matter what.
Can't wait to see you folks in San Diego and I will have good wine once again!!
WoW!! Terry's written yet another 'set-up' issue for revelation to all of his readers... looks to be a good one. I'm guessing Kat framed for Veronica's death, but we'll see.
KAT AND FRANCINE ARE BACK TOGETHER! YaY!
(Terry, stop threatening David's life. It starting to be almost predictable. =)
AHHHHH! OMIGOD The first issue of the subscription i bought my girlfriend and it's this? This is frightening and yet I couldnt put it down. I was exstatic and then terrified. Whats up with the journal as "evidance"?!? And the whole thing with Monica at the gym.... My first question would be how did he know her name and if that doesnt get a flag up... Very scary. I kinda suspected the whole thing about David. But enough about him lets get back to what Francine was going to tell Katchoo!!! This is the best issue ever!
Where do I start?? The girls are back together!! YAY! And I don't believe for a SECOND David is about to die. I am just thrilled that Terry is going foward with the story line. He can almost always move me to tears, but I love his work. Now we get to wait for another 6 weeks.
I hope David explodes,and does a crying Freeman attack,all over Tambi. !!! :)
David is my Favorite character, i hope you don't kill him,and i hope he stays an integral part of the story.
Okay, just picked up this issue yesterday. All I can say is, you gotta love Terry Moore. What other man can leave you at a major cliffhanger to the point to where you just want to run out and kiss him and throttle him at the same time? LOL, not many, I can tell you.
Just for the record, I am a Francine/Katchoo advocate, so this issue was particuarly hearttouching. Other than that, mum's the word. Go out and read this baby for yourself. If you're a fan of the series, you won't be disappointed. But get ready to be left on the edge of your seat, folks
The new issue was long and eagerly awaited. In my personal opinion, Terry Moore is a gigantic tease, I'm talking about worse than a 16 year old virgin...
I want to know what happens to David!!! He's one of my favorites! And what was up with that brain issue thing? What was that all about? One issue he falls to the floor clutching his head and in the next, he's jogging? Ah, well...
Just a little background...I only started reading SIP a few months ago at the suggestion of a friend. I was upset by the lack of "smart" comics, you know, something other than big, beefy guys and anorexic sex-kitten women. This comic was so real and intense, I ran out and bought all of the trades available as fast as my aching wallet could allow...now I'm to the point where I have to wait for each issue like the rest of the informed world. But, I have to say, you have me hooked worse than I could ever have imagined! And I would like to thank you, Terry, and Francine and Katchoo and David and the rest of the gang for making me look forward to comic shipment day again!
Terry, I keep wanting to ask you how you portray female characters so well... but I have this aweful fear you are going to give me a response like Jack Nicholsen did in "As Good As It Gets." But I'll probably ask you someday at a con anyway....
I also must say that I am insanely jealous of the fact that you can both write extremely well and draw extremely well. Some of us are only blessed with one or the other of the talents... but I am in awe of your abilities. Thanks for a great issue!
And this is coming from someone whose been living under a rock for the last several years and was just recently turned on to SIP... and I've been fanatically trying to read all the TPBs!! I was only up to "It's a Good Life," when I decided to just read the recent issues anyway... I'm a little lost, but not terribly so, and I imagine I will go back and read all the issues I've missed as money allows me to buy more TPBs. But your writing and art is so brilliant that it's very easy for someone to jump in the middle and get caught up in the action! I am so glad I found your series!!
*Basks in the glow of a fantastically satsifying dose of SIP*
I have missed seeing issues like this one. This has got to be the best that Terry has done in a long time. That's not saying that he hasn't done anything good, but this one was particularly funky.
Reading Katchoo's journal is like listening to myself. It's so realistic, and familiar.
The way this issue flowed was like beautifully orchestrated music.
What the heck is going on with Tambi and David?!
I'm not sure I can hold on till April for this...
C'MON, MAN I NEED A HIT!!!
(I have to get out more).
OMG... if she kills David.....
What have I learned, after all the noise and dying kings?
I love her.
I love her.
It may not matter to the rest of the world, but it matters to me.
It matters to me, dammit.
(And if she kills D-boy I'll be sad, but I'll love her anyway.)
This was one of my favourite issues in a long time, maybe of all time. (I will have to remember this when my SIP friends ask the token, "What is your favourite issue?" question some time.
Thanks for this wonderful issue! It was amazing and I was most impressed with the style more than anything. It was very different with all the different cuts, and side stories, as well as the use of prose and the journals.
I saw someone comparing this issue with an episode of 24, and I have to agree. bBoth 24 and this issue had me tense with anticipation.
Thanks for the two major cliffhangers as well. This comic just gets better and better. I loved the humorous moments when Casey just wouldn't go away, and I am very intrigued at how you are tying in some of the periferral stories about the rapist, and possibly Molly and Poo.
The part about the woman having a heart attack at the gym and vomitting while being completely ignored by Monica...
Your endings are killin' me! You constantly do this to us. The story line is just awesome and you shape your characters like no one I've seen since Claremont and the '79-'80 X-Men. You must be getting some every night with these skills! (Pleez, with all due respect!) Cheers! Kung.
Wahoo! I've been waiting for that last panel for two years! Don't wimp out on me now, Tambi! Stay true to your inner self!
But it seems that Tambi has been careless. Why? Contempt for the investigative powers of the police or hatred of her victim intoxicating her to the point of ignoring precautions? In either case, she has loosed the hounds that may bring her down. In this respect, as in many others, she is coming to resemble Darcy Parker.
A double cliffhanger, how nice. That one word, "Dumoni", made my heart skip a beat. Does Casey realize she is missing a dream date with Dumoni?
I love the little background jokes at the airport and the health club.
Palmiotti is competent. The closeup in panel 6 of page 2 is done well. But the figures in the middle distance miss Terry's delicate touch, for example on page 15. Terry's hand with the pen or brush remembers where it was with the pencil. I hope Terry will return to inking.
But are we going to have to wait two issues before a resolution? I'm tired of holding my breath that long.
I have to admit you are a master of pacing and suspense. I picked up the issue today and read it cover to cover.
Glad to see that Katchoo finally got some psychological help, it's been a long time coming.
Casey, hee hee, what a doll. She's like a 16 year old jumping around all the time.
Loved the "Kiss me kiss me kiss me kiss me kiss me" train of tought from Katchoo, that was priceless.
And you brought back Veronica, just like I was hoping lol...You're an EVIL EVIL man Terry Moore!
I fear for the girl, though it's interesting...if she lives she can tell off Dumoni to Casey and to the police, too bad she and Freddie don't talk anymore because he'd be able to nab him that much easier. This epsiode may cause severe trauma for Casey, imagine knowing YOU would have been raped.
Tambi...SIGH...interesting that she wants David to make a baby with Kat, and that David has his principles to the end. I don't see David getting out of this one outside of a Deus Ex Machina, which is too bad cause David is cool.
As for the FBI section, I loved that too, the series is getting back to a gritty setting, it's all good.
Thank you Terry!!!!
Wow. All things considered, after a 12-week wait, this was the kind of issue I was waiting for. We're back to the Francie-Katchoo storyline, we get to see Tambi, we found out what David's been up to the last few months, and we get introduced to a new character, albeit through the text passages. Everything the hard-core fans have been asking for. So, before I write anything else, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for getting back on track. Now, on to the opinion:
The Good: 1. The storytelling was great. All the little nuances we've come to love and expect were there in abundance - Casey jumping in the air at the airport, "Don't talk to the Dadaist, dear", the Atomic Aerobic Deathmaster - it's the attention to the little details that make this book such a pleasure. And you are the master of the understatement - if SiP was published by one of the Big Two publishers, the final panel would have been blown up to a splash page to artifically heighten the suspense. "Less is More" is never more true than in the pages of SiP. 2. The use of text pages to further the story still manages to work for me. Anywhere else and I complain about using text as a shortcut. Here in SiP it works beautifully, mainly because the prose is so well written. I would highly recommend that you attempt a novel or screenplay sometime in the near future. 3. Lastly, the photo of Katchoo's journal was an excellent storytelling device. The characters already feel like family - to see an actual piece of
Katchoo's life, especially in such a negative light, was stunning. I was chilled. Great work.
The Bad: 1. I don't know what you were going for with the cover, but it comes across as uninspired, especially compared to the striking graphic work on #38, #39, #41, and #45. You've set the bar pretty high, Terry, so I hope after you get back on your timetable you're able to spend more time on the cover. 2. I'm sure Mr. Palmiotti put his heart and soul into inking the pages, and he did a good job, but I missed your inks. I guess I never realized how much of the warmth came from your finishes. 3. This is a weird complaint, especially since I just praiseyour technique above, but I'm getting tired of cliffhangers. Granted, nobody does a cliffhanger better than you, but sometimes I just want that feeling of satisfaction that comes from a great ending. Sometimes I don't want to be tortured. Go figure.
The positive far out-weighs the negative on this issue. Can't wait to see what's up Tambi and David.
The thing I loved most about this issue is the thing I love most about all SiP issues. It isn't the mega-storybuster plotlines involving near-death experiences and Mafia plots, it isn't the rich back-and-forth, almost chaotic nature of the characters emotional developments that seems so lifelike, it isn't even the hope that Francine and Katchoo will eventually get together and live happily ever after... and that we might get another cameo from Captain Walsh (Officer Walsh? The cop with the mustache who had great bedroom talk. ^^)
No, the real heart of SiP for me is the absolutely PERFECT way Terry Moore manages to capture the meaningful moments of life through pictures that seem more like snapshots than drawings. Katchoo gently touching Francine's stomach on p. 4 is worth more than a million, million words...
He's the best, hands down, at capturing what is really in the heart of the characters, and it just takes my breath away.
Dear Mr. Moore:
A few minutes after reading, and rereading and I'm still taking in the possibilities. I don't think I've seen so many plot points woven into so few pages so well. If they made the TV show "24" into a comic book they could use this issue as a template (Complete with a nice and obviously deceptive, cliffhanger).
This plot looks to be more twisted than any previous (if that's even possible). However, the climax seems to have a direction. Everything seems pointed toward a run in with Molly for someone (unless the incorporation of Molly into this part of the story is just a device for summarizing the murderous twists that started in this issue). Random related thought: I wonder if the guy (I forget the name he used) from the gym is the same person who all but flensed Freddie's client? As I've said before, I'd love for him to meet either Katchoo or Molly.
Nice to know that Tambi had some use for David. I hope they have an interesting conversation in the upcoming few issues (although knowing Tambi she may simply walk off in a huff after the obvious bluff of shooting David fails).
Bravo as well for signs of actual growth that Katchoo is showing. She's actually seeking help for her behavior! It's strange, and endearing, to see (or read in Katchoo's journal) that once you strip the anger away, despite all her experiences and intelligence, Katchoo thinks like a love-struck teenager (unfortunately she also still rebels and vents her frustrations like one). She really is still, emotionally, a 16 year old rape victim. But at least now there's hope of maturing (or at least coping more effectively).
Katchoo also has some hope romantically as well, although, it will probably still be quite a while before she gets more than hugs from Francine. If she manages to let Francine continue to make all of the moves, it may well come.
It's going to be a tough wait for #48 and its only a few weeks away. :)