Writer: Stjepan Sejic
Artist: Stjepan Sejic
It’s rare to find well-written stories that depict BDSM in an accurate and positive way. Quite a few works of fiction recently have faced backlash regarding the depiction of the humans in this community, but one series that has so far gotten it right is Sunstone by Stjepan Sejic. The series has been loved for not only accurately portraying BDSM, but also for its wonderful characters and quirky humor.
Sunstone Vol 3 continues to develop the relationship between Lisa and Ally as they continue to enjoy their relationship both in and out of the bedroom. It’s been clear that there is potential for the couple to be more than just friends with benefits, and this volume finally begins to truly explore that. In addition to the emphasis on the two main characters, volume 3 also takes a look at a new character who is completely unfamiliar with the culture surrounding the other characters in this series.
The new character allows for Sejic to teach readers who are unfamiliar with certain elements of BDSM and dispel any of the false rumors of about BDSM. The character doesn’t seem to be just a device either, and her search for answers as a sincere attempt to understand something so unfamiliar is something that just about every reader can relate to. Who quest for knowledge leads to quite a few jokes (mostly at her expense) as she accidently stumbles into unwanted areas and grow even more curious.
At the end of the day, while Sunstone can be classified as erotic literature, it is a graphic novel about the characters, Sejic does well at avoiding excessive sex and more than half of the book simply allows for the readers to learn about all the characters here. The dialogue feels genuine and every emotion depicted can resonate with readers.
As usual, Stjepan Sejic continues to draw for the series and those who have read the first two volumes will find that there is more of the same. Some of the panels are drawn a little more gratuitous than they need to be, and there are a few pinups throughout, but this is still a genuinely sincere look at BDSM and never comes across as overwhelming. There are still some issues with some characters looking way too similar, but it appears that even Sejic has taken note of this with a joke about everyone in Ally’s life being a redhead. There is also some creative use of lettering and word bubbles, which only amplify the emotions already well depicted, and allows for more humor to permeate through the pages.