02/23/16 | by Marcus Orchard
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Comic reviews, Reviews
Writer: Stjepan Sejic
Artist: Stjepan Sejic
The latest volume of Stjepan Sejic’s romance graphic novel takes the series in a new direction, with a bigger emphasis on BDSM culture than ever before. While the previous volumes emphasized Lisa and Ally, this issue brings a few new dynamics to the series as we get to know Anne, the tattoo artist. Sejic also brings in more of the community through a few parties at Crimson, as well as some big conventions.
At its heart, Sunstone is still a love story. Lisa and Ally now live together, but it’s more as roommates rather than romantic partners. Of course, all of this time together has led to not only more escapades, but also more real life issues, as the couple continue to develop feelings for each other beyond their friendship. On top of that, Anne makes her way into Lisa’s stories, causing a rift to begin to develop between our favorite couple. Sejic does a masterful job at further developing the main characters, while also successfully fleshing out the supporting characters as well. Sunstone is character-driven, and every character is a treat to read about.
Of course, around the wonderful character moments are wonderfully drawn, sexy scenes full of leather and toys. Sejic’s art is dreamy, with a great amount of attention and style during intimate spreads and panels. Of course, outside of the bedroom, Sejic still has a fun style with jagged lines, wildly expressive characters, and creative panel layouts. The book has a heavy color palette full of reds, pinks, purples (with plenty of black) that make the panels dazzle, especially during the pin-up style scenes. Of course, as usual, while certain scenes are full of sex-appeal, nothing seems to feel too overdone. The book doesn’t need to rely on the sex to engage readers or have a strong artistic presence. The book simply looks great from start to finish, and aside from some inconsistent facial expressions (which are incredibly rare), it’s hard to find any flaws in the art.
Sunstone is an absolute must-read for anyone wanting to see a love-story that feels real. The characters are incredible, the relationships are authentic, and the book is simply beautiful and sexy. Sejic handles all of the explicit themes well, and continues to educate those who are unaware of what the BDSM community is actually like. The end of the volume is powerful, and fans will find themselves clinging to the final few pages. This is the best volume of Sunstone yet.
Story - 8.7
Characters - 9.7
Art - 8.8
Another fantastic volume to a series that deserves more attention.