Sunstone (TPB Volumes 1-5) / Stjepan Sejic
Sunstone is a beautiful story about two women who fall in love with each other, as well as some of the misunderstandings that get in the way. When I say beautiful here I mean that in more than one way. The artwork itself is stunning and sexy, and for all of its erotic content, manages to appear more like exotic pin-up artwork than erotica. The story is just so human in its emotions and developments.
At the risk of a spoiler, the story arc does have a happy ending, but they have to work to get there.
The story starts with Ally and Lisa going from an online friendship (and flirtation), to meeting in real life to explore their kinks and fetishes, to navigating the difficult transition from friends-with-benefits to an emotional relationship. Along the way we meet new and old friends, learn about skeletons in the closet, and get to learn Ally and Lisa beyond the faces they present to the world and each other.
I loved this graphic novel, and eagerly await the next story. For readers who want more right now, Sejic originally published the strips and various extras on a DeviantArt page.
Advance Reader Copy courtesy of Image Comics in exchange for an honest review; changes may exist between galley and the final edition.