Reviewing is subjective and I'm not exactly shy with my opinions on this here site, so I'll just say it: Twisted Romance was not for me. I didn't like the format, which mainly consisted of one longer comic, one short comic, and one piece of prose per issue. Each piece is not connected by artist, writer, or topic. This combined with the fact that there were four issues in the volume made for a very fractured reading experience. I couldn't settle into any of the stories, and several of them didn't feel like romance at all. I'm sure that a large part of this is because I read genre romance and expect that happily-ever-after, but I was only satisfied with maybe two of the stories in this entire collection.
Remember when we talked about Circadia? The fantasy romance comic series about a ballerina and a nonbinary assassin? It's back!
Body Music is the sort of project that's hard to place in one category. It's a series of vignettes, some connected, some not. Some of the stories are romantic, some are decidedly not. Some of the stories are queer, some are straight, some are monogamous, some are polyamorous. Some of the stories are really quite short, a couple meander around a bit.
If you've read our review of Persephone, you can probably guess that I'm a huge fan of Persephone retellings. If you haven't, well... I am a huge fan of Persephone retellings. Is it the original Bad Boy story? Maybe. But there's something more to be explored in retellings. In most of these stories, Persephone isn't trapped in the underworld when she eats pomegranate seeds, she makes a choice, and it's that agency, her claiming of her own body and sexuality, that pulls me like a magnet to these tales.
The Sun Prince, The Saint and The Changeling is one of those comics that sounds too good to be true: a historical m/m romance with beautiful art. The first two parts are out as of this writing, so the review that follows is based on the first 70 pages of what will be a complete graphic novel at the end. The project is set to be 8 parts, which would mean we're about 1/4 of the way through the story at this point.
Oni Press dropped the first issue of Dream Daddy, a comic based on the indie hit video game of the same name. Dream Daddy the game is a dating sim in which you go round meeting a bunch of other dads and dating them. It's packed with dad jokes and gently pokes fun at dating sims in general. It's silly in a self-aware sort of way, though some felt it fetishized male/male relationships. Others were annoyed that you couldn't get an HEA with 100% of the dads.
Sugar is the second Original Graphic Novel (OGN) from Top Cow/Image as they expand the Sunstone universe. When I reviewed the first spin-off, Swing, I was disappointed in the writing, as it was stilted and awkward. I'm happy to say that I didn't have the same issues with Sugar, Vol. 1. Since this is the same writing team, Matt Hawkins and Jenni Cheung, I'm going to speculate a bit as to why I think the writing was better this time around. But first, let's talk plot and art!
What's it like to write about a grim reaper attending college and falling in love? What's it like to draw super cute artwork that also manages to be super gothy? What cake would you bring into the underworld?
Before we jump in here, I'm going to be honest about a couple of things. First off, I'm a child of the 1990's, so I was about the age of these characters during the Spice Girls and Portishead etc. I wore these clothes and watched these shows and a lot of my love of this comic is likely tied up in seeing myself in this book.
Once upon a time, on Twitter, I stumbled across a tweet that said something like "a comic about a Viking girl punching gods and kissing girls." Of course I had to read it! I'm so pleased to tell you that it's exactly what I hoped it would be.