Series: Sunstone #2
Published: May 12th 2015 by Image Comics
Genres: Graphic Novels
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I had hoped that the second volume of Sunstone would be as good as the first, and was not disappointed. For anyone who hasn’t heard of it, Sunstone is a graphic novel series about two women who enter into a BDSM relationship and fall in love in the process.
Volume 2 picks up around a week after the first book ends. It’s still relatively early in Ally and Lisa’s relationship. Lisa is introduced to Ally’s friend Alan and some of his kinky friends, and they propose an excursion to the local BDSM club. But Ally’s enjoyment of the club is overshadowed by memories of an incident in her past, and visiting the club brings back a lot of painful memories. Ally realizes that the trust that’s necessary in their relationship dynamic goes both ways, and that she can open up to Lisa and make herself emotionally vulnerable. It brings them closer together as a couple.
One of the things that I find interesting in the Sunstone series so far is that the actual plot of the story is slow, and most of the drama in the story isn’t even happening in the present tense. Sunstone is the story of a relationship, and as such it isn’t about who did what so much as about the scary feelings of entering into a new relationship and opening up with each other and realizing that falling in love means that you risk getting hurt but that for the right person it’s worth it. And even though Ally and Lisa are into whips and rope and ball gags, the core ideas of the story are applicable to all romantic relationships.
Šejić is masterful in conveying emotional nuance, and I recommend Sunstone without hesitation. Sappy as it may sound, with everything going on in the world right now, it’s nice to read something that’s such a joyful celebration of love.