+ mature and realistic characters, the comic very well shows that BDSM practMy review pertains to the first 4 chapters of the online version.
+ mature and realistic characters, the comic very well shows that BDSM practitioners are still people, with multiple aspects of their personality, and with an actual life outside of BDSM as well
+ very intriguing plot, full of silliness and drama (you won't be able to put it down at even 3am, "just a little bit more!")
+ highlights the importance of Safe, Sane and Consensual (especially the first two, for consent see below)
+ gorgeous art when the author puts the effort in it (probably a lot more prevalent in the printed version)
+ I really like that it's shown from the beginning that in the "present time" all the characters are happy, and the narrator even in the more angsty points of the plot shows glimpses of this happy present, thus anchoring the undertone of the comic to a happy end. I haven't seen this technique used by other authors, actually Stephen King does the exact opposite with the sinister foreshadowing.
+ I actually liked that they don't really show genitals.
- every single major character has "perfectly" thin, toned and conventionally attractive body. This is especially noticeable with the women, all them has literally the same body type.
- this may be detailed more in the printed version, but in the online comic there's basically no discussion about personal limits before the two protagonists meet for a play session the first time. The Domme gives the sub a safe word, and that's all there's to know O.o
- the cast is overwhelmingly white, 4 chapters in there's a single black character in the whole comic (at least he's badass :D) Also there are no trans or disabled characters represented, and everyone is in the mid-20s to mid-30s age range.
- the protagonists display a severe lack of open, honest and vulnerable(!) communication, which is kind of a plot point, and is criticised by "future themselves" too, but it still gets wall-scratchingly aggravating to read 4 chapters' worth of it.
- the comic only shows a very specific subset of BDSM, with heavy focus on elaborate scenes and costumes, expensive custom equipment, latex, movement restriction, bondage and sensory deprivation. As none of these are really my kinks, I found it somewhat boring.
- similarly the comic is mostly trying to appeal to those who are attracted to feminine bodies, as there's plenty of naked female bodies around, but barely any male.
- the pervasive lip-biting, all female characters bite their lips a LOT, like seriously, there are more types of sexy facial expressions in the world...
- sexual orientations are handled somewhat weirdly, both Lisa and Ally worries and then accepts that their mutual attraction suddenly makes them lesbian, even though both are shown being attracted to men in the past. They seem more pansexual than anything else. Actually most women in the comic seem to show some tendency for pansexuality, while all the guys are straight. (Khm, weird male homophobia?)
Despite my longer cons list, I still recommend the comic for reading, not even for the sexy parts, just the well-written characters and plot :)...more
Wow this book was a lot better than its prequel, more streamlined and entertaining. I grew to like Megan even more as a character, she was badass in tWow this book was a lot better than its prequel, more streamlined and entertaining. I grew to like Megan even more as a character, she was badass in the first book, but here we get to see more sides of her. Her relationship with the protagonist is developing better too than in Steelheart, it's a lot less annoying to read.
With all the new information we got to know about Epics in this novel, their powers finally start to make some systemic sense, showing some kind of underlying logic, instead of what seemed as out-of-the-air random bullshit powers in the previous book.
One of the signatures of the series is the protagonist's horrible metaphors/similes both in dialogues and narration :D Steelheart had some of it too, but this beautiful art really reached its peak in this book :D They were often so bad I was in paiiiin and tremendously entertained.
(view spoiler)[And of course since we realised Prof was an Epic it was expectable that in the end he's going to become the major enemy. (hide spoiler)]
All in all, I enjoyed this book a lot more than Steelheart, and can't wait for Calamity, eeek!
Representation-wise: I'm glad to see more badass female characters in this book in addition to the single Megan in Steelheart. Neither of the four new important female characters are white, which is a nice change to Steelheart's mostly white cast. There's still isn't a sight of any LGBTQIA people, but that's not much of a surprise in Sanderson's books >.> There's both a badass older and younger characters, but there's no representation of disabled people (aside from a brief mention in the end). There's some positive representation of people of faith of an in-world religion.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more