Sunstone Vol.1 by Stjepan Šejić

Sunstone was everything I wanted and oh so much more! I’m so pleased, I’m actually grinning writing this review. I laid on the floor in front of my bookshelves, read this, got up, came to my computer and started typing this review with a goofy grin on my face. It just won’t go away! I’m so impressed!

Stjepan Šejić worked on the end art of Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth, and I have to say that I wasn’t that impressed with it. I was a little apprehensive to go into this, but when I finally found a F/F BDSM graphic-novel (thank you, Chelsea) I really couldn’t pass it up. I ended up not only loving the content of this, but also Stjepan Šejić’s art. It was so beautifully done, without ever feeling like porn. The whole thing just felt like a positive celebration of female sexuality. Oh, and the entire color pallet of this comic is actually to die for, too.

Obviously, by now you should get the idea what this is about and how this is totally for adults with open minds. If you can’t admire the female body and you don’t want to read about BDSM themes, then this probably isn’t the graphic-novel for you.

This story is about two adorable girls that meet online because of a particular itch they both want scratched, desperately. This story is actually Tarantino-ed a little bit, where we see our sub, Lisa, writing a story about the love of her life. We are then transported into the past where Lisa is meeting Ally, her Dom, online. They talk for over two months and become fast friends. One night, Lisa ends up asking Ally if she would finally like to meet so that they can scratch that itch I talked about previously.

The rest is about the beginnings of their BDSM relationship. And can I just say how freaking adorable and heartwarming it was to see how nervous both of them were to dive into this world for the first time? Like, it was the cutest thing I’ve read in forever. Hence my still stupid grin.

This comic portrays BDSM so healthily and highlights how important trust and communication are. Open lines of communication and asking questions were both such pivotal plot points in this story, and so important to be represented. Stjepan Šejić is doing the Lord’s work with this comic, I swear. They even touch on the importance of aftercare and how it’s not just for bodies, but for minds, too. Honestly, this graphic-novel impressed the hell out of me and I cannot wait to order the rest of these.

Also, I loved Stjepan Šejić’s drawn out note in the back. Like, can I please have creative blocks that end up developing into something as amazing as Sunstone. I loved this personal touch, and it made me want to read everything he has ever touched. He also made me fall in love with his wife, and now I need to read Blood Stain . Also, let’s talk about how they are totally the pinnacle of relationship goals.

Sunstone is, to date, the best graphic-novel I’ve ever read. I wish I could give it all the stars.

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