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Swing, Vol. 1

(Swing by Matt Hawkins #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Spinning off from the universe of SUNSTONE comes a slice-of-life romantic story about a couple trying to regain the sexual energy from the beginning of their relationship by swinging with other couples. An emotional journey of two people fighting to stay in love.
Kindle Edition, 121 pages
Published May 30th 2018 by Image
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was SO GREAT but it ended right as things were really starting to get good! Cannot wait for the next volume bc I have a mighty need
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-other
4.5 stars. A promising start to this spiritual successor to the "Sunstone" saga!

As with Sunstone, this book offers a tittilating (but not "porny") look at the dynamics of what takes to find (and maintain) a relationship.
Skye Kilaen
Eh. After Sunstone's extraordinarily distinctive characters, this was a letdown.
Cathy and Dan, married ten years and with two children, find that their love life is getting a little stale and decide to giving swinging a try.

Like Sunstone (the graphic novel universe this spins off from), this graphic novel is about the relationships, including sex, rather than just about the sex. This is the first time that I've ever read anything that made me think "I guess I can see why someone might give that a try" rather than "no way". I'll be reading the second volume when it's
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
I've not read the series this supposedly is a spin-off of, but that just means I'm living proof that you can jump right into this and have no knowledge of the original. But I guess I'll have to check it out, because I enjoyed this book, and I'm eagerly anticipating more. It was so... refreshing. It approached a couple's love life and their possible solutions with humor and understanding. I'm definitely looking forward to a second volume!
James DeSantis
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really love Sunstone. It's one of my favorite graphic novels. To learn more about that check out my reviews for each volume I posted as they were coming out. Why do I bring that up? Because Swing is almost a companion of sorts to that series. Even the art looks similar but that's because it's done by the wife who did sunstone so there we go.

This is about two people who fell in love in college, got married, had kids, and not kind of in a weird time in their life of figuring out who and what
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you loved "Sunstone" don't pass this series only complaint is that I have to wait a year (or more) to get my hands on the second volume!!
Cathy and Dan are stuck in a rut; they are in love with one another but want more in the bedroom. When Cathy suggests swinging Dan doesn't know what to think or how to act.
What I really loved was how the authors didn't shy away from an often taboo topic, sometimes in order to stay in love you need more than your significant other can provide. Can't
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I would probably give a confused shoulder shrug if anyone asked me if there needed to be a Sunstone extended universe that explored various kinks and alternative lifestyles this volume's early exploration of a young, medium unhappy couples exploration of the couples swinging scene is more successful than Matt Hawkins' Sugar that came out a few months after this in 2018 but it also feels somehow smaller than Sunstone. That may be the subject, or more specifically the stakes of the subject, ...more
Larissa Is Reading
Wow this was so good! There was much happening all the time that this turned out to be a super fast read! The only thing that bummed me out was that it ended when things were getting steamy and I just want more!
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mean, I liked it more than Sugar. Super down to readin' the second volume when it releases.
Nana Spark
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Eh... Yeah, this ain't it, sis.
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the same universe as Sunstone this graphic novel focuses on a married couple trying to rekindle their sex life by exploring swinging. Much like Sunstone this volume isn't shy about the topics being explored, and manages to be sweet and sexy as well as educational for those new to the subject. I really enjoyed the art in particular, and some of the character development was quite good. I'm looking forward to seeing how the story develops in future installments.
Yes! I loved this! Excited for the next one ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so good, but ended just as things were really getting good. Can’t wait for the next volume.
Erin (_everysecondbook)
B- for ending when things were just getting good and steamy
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Coming from Top Cow, the publisher known for soft porn comics, I had to wonder if this would be sensationalist smut or actually had a valid point of view. Fortunately, in this case the authors/artists tackle the subject of swinging (extramarital sex) realistically and without lurid scenes of rampant intercourse. Those looking for the connection to Sunstone, a previous work by the author, will find a loose connection in
I read a lot of comic books and graphic novels, but this is the only graphic novel I have ever anticipated and held out for months waiting for its release. This is both because, as a polyamorous woman, I've been dying to find open relationships portrayed in a mainstream comic publication, and also because I enjoyed Postal and The Tithe, two other comic book series that Matt Hawkins created.

Before I read the book, I worried I'd be disappointed after all that hype, but I was not. The story in
Alex pardey
Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
All round: underwhelming pacing and a really dodgy plot.

The art style is lovely, and Sejic has done a lovely job, but the plot as written by Hawkins and Cheung leaves a great deal to be desired. The pacing is mixed at best, but the real problem is the underlying plot mechanics and its effects on characterization (or lack thereof).

Spoilers from here:

The storyline involves such things as the leading lady inviting a friend into her previously monogamous marriage bed without asking her husband
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-stuff, erotica
When I first read that Swing was a spinoff of the Sunstone universe, I was super excited. I absolutely loved Sunstone. The art. The story. The BDSM sex. All of it. Judging a book by its cover Swing had the same feel from the artwork presented there. Turns out the artist, Linda Sejic, is the wife of the writer/artist of Sunstone and they apparently have very similar styles.

Definitely read the intro “Into the Lifestyle” at the beginning of the book as it gives you some background into the story
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
When is perfection too much? Love, marriage, two kids, house with the picket fence and alarm system, coupled with careers and Responsibility can make stability the enemy to passion. We've all heard how that can end. Someone grows restless, cheats, and the walls of a loving home close in and collapse. What if that wasn't the case? What if a little open communication cracked open the door to new possibilities?

That's where Swing takes the reader. Two imperfect adults, wildly in love, but bored and
Mercedes Lopez-Raul
I'm a long-time fan of Sunstone and was keen to get my hands on Swing when I recognised the style and realised it was set in the same "Sejic-verse".
Volume 1 shows how can two people fall head over heels and get stuck in parallel ruts, occupying the same zone but no longer connecting. It then shows how they bravely set out on an adventure to rekindle the magic, venturing into territory that many might feel would threaten the foundation of their relationship.
The book is sweet and the couple are
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is both a very evocative look at a relationship that deserves to stay the monogamous, loving course, and also a very airbrushed approach to the swinging lifestyle. If erections, sucking cocks and pubic hair offend then stay very much away, but if you want a gentle look at sex inside and outside a marriage at the same time, then here might be a decent form of entertainment. I still wonder why the bloke is given such a weak, ineffective voice, and one we only hear very late in the day, but ...more
Paul Decker
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received this book as an eARC from Image Comics via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

This graphic novel has nudity and sex. It follows a straight couple as they meet in college and continue their relationship through marriage and kids. After being married for awhile, their sex life stagnates and they try out swinging to see if it can aid their relationship.

The graphic novel opens with a story about a first time swinging experience as well as vocabulary and a basic introduction to
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
I love Linda Sejic and anything she does is awesome but I have to be honest, this isn't my particular kink, so while I care about the main characters, the story didn't resonate with me. I know the underlying message is keeping a marriage together because they love each other and don't want to leave. The writer did a great job at exposing the intimacy of the thoughts that a long time married couple have and the lengths that you would go to keep a good marriage exciting.

Again, the mechanism in
Liam Underwood
Much like The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 1: The Faust Act , we discussed Swing, Vol. 1 by Linda Šejić on Nerd on Nerd, so go there if you want my rambling thoughts. If you want the short version, basically I picked this up because I adore Sunstone, Vol. 1 (and subsequent volumes) and this is set within that universe. Unfortunately I found I didn't connect quite as immediately or as deeply with the characters here. I would consider giving a second volume a chance, but my hopes are not high.
Anniken Haga
The Sejic—couple are my first — and so far only — auto—buy comic artists, and now Linda Sejic is out with another story.

SWING is a comic about a couple struggling in the sex—department, and turning to swinging as a means to get things heated up.

The story is quickly on point, with just enough backstory before it gets to the actual point, which is good. I am already interested in seeing what happens next — even if I have to wait until nect year, which is not OK!
I also liked the characters and
4/5 stars

I've always been interested in picking up Sunstone, my store didn't have that. But it did have this which is set in the same world, so I figured I'd give it a try.
The art is absolutely gorgeous and the characters and their love story and seeing what leads couples to a swingers lifestyle and how one half of the couple is usually more enthusiastic about it than the other... Exploring how it's an alternative to cheating and still maintaining a relationship. It really makes you think
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was not a bad story, but it was lacking in desperation, or so to say. The way the couple is trying to rekindle their relationship left me a little bit cold because in my opinion she took the easy way out, as a woman I'm not so sure it would have been my choice of election.

Non é una brutta storia, ma in qualche modo mancava della giusta disperazione, per cosí dire. Il modo in cui la coppia sta cercando di riprendere il mano il loro rapporto mi ha lasciato piuttosto freddina, perché in qualche
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-adult
An adult erotic/romance about a married couple (Cathy & Dan). They have been married about ten years hand their relationship has fallen into a rut. In an attempt to put a spark back into their marriage (sex life) they explore the world of swing. Their first foray doesn’t go well.

This was an adult slice of life tale. The story and subject matter were tastefully rendered (narratively and visually). It’s was like reading one of my smuttier urban romances but with illustrations.

I really liked
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