I found it pretty disappointing, in the end? The relationship between Gyre and Em is the heart of the book, and I just was never sold on Em as a character. The two strands of "broken but caring person" and "grief-stricken monster" never came together into someone that felt like a real person to me. The book was also way too long; it could have last a quarter of its four-hundred-page length easily. But I was okay with that while reading, because I was waiting for all this tension to come to a head and hopefully for us to find the answers to a bunch of important mysteries.
( Collapse ) In general, a disappointment.
Alfie. Okay, this is a porn comic in a fantasy world about... a hot middle-aged hobbit trying to start her life over, learn how to form relationships with other people, and reconnect with her daughter?? The daughter is actually Alfie, the mainest of main characters in the comic, but her mother Vera gets second billing, and I LOVE her. She's kind of an awful person a lot of the time for reasons that are really understandable and yet don't get her off the hook at all, but also she's so miserable and has been for so long, through no fault of her own. And she's trying to be better! She's just fascinating, and she also makes THE BEST grumpy faces.
The faces in this comic are great. The character designs in general are great, especially most of the women - Vera, Alfie, a hot guard woman named Lydia, and the gray-toned Na'avi-alike Ozge are my favorites. The porn is mostly not my thing - boobs like water balloons, too much emphasis on dicks, lololol internal come shots - but I do very much appreciate how much the comic appreciates vulvas.
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