Love Hurts (SFSX #4 Comic Review)

User Rating: 8

Written & Created by Tina Horn

Drawn by Michael Dowling

Colored by Jen Hickman

Cover Art by Tula Lotay

Lettered by Steve Wands

Edited & Designed by Laurenn McCubbin

“I’m not working tonight. I’m here to have fun.”

In This Issue: George’s “treatment” has started. Other “offenders” are charged with assisting Jones in reforming him, but George refuses to give up the hope that Jones will somehow snap out of her newly-pure state. He does everything he can to resist the tortures being forced upon him and even makes an escape attempt, though sadly that doesn’t pan out.

Meanwhile, the team at The Dirty Mind are planning an Ocean’s 11-esque style caper to penetrate (heh…penetrate…) the Pleasure Center and liberate Jones and George, and in the executive offices of the Center itself, Mrs. Boreman and Dr. Powell are discussing the next step in their plan to purify humanity–though they have differing viewpoints on how the endgame should be accomplished.

My Two Cents: If you thought SFSX was raw and candid in previous issues, the team has stepped it up a notch for issue #4. Art and story are up to their usual standard of excellence, flowing in a complementary fashion and working together to advance the plot in an engaging and concise manner. The extra material at the end of the issue contains a one-for-one co-interview between author Tina Horn and colorist Jen Hickman, which provides further insight into the world they are creating, and also gives the reader a look into their minds as creators and human beings.

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Elizabeth Fazzio
South Bay native turned East Bay resident. Holder of two less-than-useful arts degrees. Human Resources professional by day, creative recluse the rest of the time. Favorite words: Weasel, toast. Mental health advocate--https://makeitok.org
Elizabeth Fazzio
Summary
I appreciate the extras at the end of the issues of SFSX, because they lend an extra layer of grounding humanity to the overall experience. The “Hey, we’re here, and we’re gonna tell you about it” attitude of the book as a whole is highlighted by these little vignettes, and because sex (apart from the run-of-the-mill stuff they teach you about in 5th grade) is generally something society whispers rather than shouts about, I find the little bit of middleground to be a good segue into the story. Yes, I read the back pages first. I’m a grownup. I’m allowed.
Good
  • Extras within the book
  • Layered storytelling
Bad
  • Story is a bit predictable
8
Great
Art - 9
Story - 8
Writing - 8
Predictability - 7
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South Bay native turned East Bay resident. Holder of two less-than-useful arts degrees. Human Resources professional by day, creative recluse the rest of the time. Favorite words: Weasel, toast. Mental health advocate--https://makeitok.org

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