Sunstone: The Lesbian BDSM love story I didn’t know I needed.
Yes, Of course I’m here to talk about a comic, but first, let’s talk about sex. (Yes, Anytime I can make a reference to a Salt n Pepa song, I’m going to take it and run swiftly into the wind.) When I say sex, I mean BDSM. Not a topic that is mainstream, but this isn’t a mainstream blog and exploring ideologies and hobbies that are unconventional is what we strive for here. This is also a topic that I’m not one THOUSAND percent familiar with, even though I might have dabbled and have a few kinks of my own. I’m no expert. I am but a Padawan.
This Ain’t no 50 Shades.
I’ll start by saying what the BDSM community has been screeching for years. 50 SHADES IS NOT BDSM. There are rules, guidelines, if you will, that should be followed for both participating parties. It’s a lesson in control and submission. When done correctly, BDSM antics are safe and fun and a phenomenal way to explore yourself and others sexually. Do your research. Find the right partner. Have fun.
Sprinkle a little drama and some internet love in there, and you have the premise for our next Hooked on Comics installment: Suntstone. Both a safe word and a simple love story of two women who meet online. One a Domme the other a sub. When they meet, sparks fly, but with them come the trials and tribulations of navigating a relationship based in mutual sexual desires.
I anticipated a few things from Sunstone. I haven’t finished this series, (I’m only through book two) but I anticipated the typical lesbian love story. One person didn’t know they were gay until a stunning woman with a magnificent tongue walked into their lives and POW fireworks. This comic is sort of like that, but the emphasis is not at all on the person of sexual preference here. Instead, this comic is a BDSM comic that just so happens to encompass all sorts of sexual preference, including but not limited to homosexuality. As a lesbian myself, I actually found it impressive that the main characters’ journeys weren’t based in who they love, but rather what they enjoy, and how much they enjoy being with their partner.
These comics are good, great even on the level of understanding BDSM and the sexuality that comes with this concept of lifestyle. It intricately details understanding and agreement in a sensual way while not attempting to hold the reader’s hand if they are new to the concept. It delves into several different circumstances that someone might face as they try to navigate through the community and find the right partner (or partners). Even going so far as to explain the inclusiveness of club culture and how it might not be for everyone.
BDSM beats boring
The love story of Sunstone is basic. Lisa, our sub is new to the concept of BDSM, but has wanted to dive into the scene with both feet for a while. After meeting Ally online, she immediately forms a crush on her during their first session together. Lisa fiddles with the concept of falling for her “Allycat”, but is concerned that it would change the dynamic of their relationship. However, it’s blatantly obvious that these feelings are mutual as Ally struggles with her jealousy and feeling of inadequacy when it comes to pleasing her lover. So they struggle and cry and fuck. Rinse and repeat. Boring? Maybe, but I’m not so cynical to hate on a love story. Especially not one with such a unique premise.
Whips, chains, and handcuffs… Oh My!
If the storyline doesn’t reel you in, the artwork surely will. Stjepan Sejic, artist of Death Vigil and Aphrodite, is capable of creating stunning characters and visuals that have you staring at the details for hours. His outfits are impeccable and impressive, the style soft and lifelike. The characters are beautiful, but not to the point of perfection. Now if only someone actually created these outfits that he teases at the end of the comics.
Sejic’s use of red throughout these comics isn’t lost on him or the reader. It keeps the story steamy and a little antsy. It’s a theme that creates a constant sense of urgency to flip through the pages. Something even the story line isn’t capable of. I’ll be picking up volume three and four and five. I may eye roll a few times, I might giggle. Ultimately I’ll be enjoying watching these women enjoy themselves without worrying too much what others think. Sunstone is cheeky peek into subculture and semi-secretive lifestyles. Sometimes with a little too much emphasis on the ‘will they, won’t they’ and ‘who is that’? But ultimately a pretty decent read.
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