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How do you deal with a broken heart? Junk food? Excessive drinks? Dubious contracts with ancient gods? When it comes to Lauren Thomas, the queen of bad decisions, the answer is always the worst possible choice. She finds herself in a rare opportunity to have her broken heart patched up by the highest rated god of desire. The problem is, it's a contested title. Join us in t How do you deal with a broken heart? Junk food? Excessive drinks? Dubious contracts with ancient gods? When it comes to Lauren Thomas, the queen of bad decisions, the answer is always the worst possible choice. She finds herself in a rare opportunity to have her broken heart patched up by the highest rated god of desire. The problem is, it's a contested title. Join us in this tale of gods and mortals, love lust and death and one woman's bad choice that starts it all with a simple bite on a golden apple.


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How do you deal with a broken heart? Junk food? Excessive drinks? Dubious contracts with ancient gods? When it comes to Lauren Thomas, the queen of bad decisions, the answer is always the worst possible choice. She finds herself in a rare opportunity to have her broken heart patched up by the highest rated god of desire. The problem is, it's a contested title. Join us in t How do you deal with a broken heart? Junk food? Excessive drinks? Dubious contracts with ancient gods? When it comes to Lauren Thomas, the queen of bad decisions, the answer is always the worst possible choice. She finds herself in a rare opportunity to have her broken heart patched up by the highest rated god of desire. The problem is, it's a contested title. Join us in this tale of gods and mortals, love lust and death and one woman's bad choice that starts it all with a simple bite on a golden apple.

30 review for Fine Print, Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    All the characters share the same two or three superficially beautiful faces. All the characters have the same mainstream body types. Sejic's idea of what is sexy is laughable. And then there's the writing. The endless, eeeendless writing. A bottomless ocean of convoluted mythology, that is insanely, mind shatteringly boring. Finally, there's a character who is indicating she probably is asexual, which another character sees as a 'challenge'. That's just embarrassing. In short: run away! Run away! ( All the characters share the same two or three superficially beautiful faces. All the characters have the same mainstream body types. Sejic's idea of what is sexy is laughable. And then there's the writing. The endless, eeeendless writing. A bottomless ocean of convoluted mythology, that is insanely, mind shatteringly boring. Finally, there's a character who is indicating she probably is asexual, which another character sees as a 'challenge'. That's just embarrassing. In short: run away! Run away! (Picked up an ARC through Edelweiss)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    This feels like a bunch of disparate ideas Sejic had and then tried to figure out how to put them all together. It's about a screw up succubus looking for a "golden contract" and a world of succubus and cupids having sex in secret. BTW, there's lots and lots of Skinemax level sex in this. Then there's this model who is unlucky in love and looking to punish herself for some reason. And there's lots of inner thoughts. So. Many. Inner. Thoughts. It's mind numbing. For some reason, Stjepan's wife, L This feels like a bunch of disparate ideas Sejic had and then tried to figure out how to put them all together. It's about a screw up succubus looking for a "golden contract" and a world of succubus and cupids having sex in secret. BTW, there's lots and lots of Skinemax level sex in this. Then there's this model who is unlucky in love and looking to punish herself for some reason. And there's lots of inner thoughts. So. Many. Inner. Thoughts. It's mind numbing. For some reason, Stjepan's wife, Linda's comic, Punderworld, is set in the same universe, even though it's the antithesis of this comic. This is all graphic but unsexy sex while that comic is all sweet romance.

  3. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Damn, what a disappointment. I was so excited to read more of Stjepan Sejic's work after loving Harleen so much (it's one of my favorite graphic novels of all time), and Sejic's art is so gorgeous, plus this plot seemed so interesting, I thought there was no way I would NOT enjoy this. Unfortunately, though, it was surprisingly boring and the plot is all over the place in the worst way. I also really could have done without a panel in the prologue in which a character tells an incubus that she's Damn, what a disappointment. I was so excited to read more of Stjepan Sejic's work after loving Harleen so much (it's one of my favorite graphic novels of all time), and Sejic's art is so gorgeous, plus this plot seemed so interesting, I thought there was no way I would NOT enjoy this. Unfortunately, though, it was surprisingly boring and the plot is all over the place in the worst way. I also really could have done without a panel in the prologue in which a character tells an incubus that she's asexual (in no specific terms, but it's very clear) and the incubus' response is (paraphrasing), "Oooh, a challenge!" I dunno, the art is stunning but this wasn't for me. ——— twitter | booktok | bookstagram | blog

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anniken Haga

    So I did read some of the other review before writing my own, and I have to admit I kinda see their point. I understand how this can seem like a REALLY slow - and at times uninteresting start - to a series. I think what saves it for me, is the relationship I have with the characters from following Sejic on Twitter. He has shared a lot of what is to come in the future volumes, as well as what happens under the surface of many of the characters. I do see that in this comic, and I don't think I wou So I did read some of the other review before writing my own, and I have to admit I kinda see their point. I understand how this can seem like a REALLY slow - and at times uninteresting start - to a series. I think what saves it for me, is the relationship I have with the characters from following Sejic on Twitter. He has shared a lot of what is to come in the future volumes, as well as what happens under the surface of many of the characters. I do see that in this comic, and I don't think I would need all the extended lore I get from following the author to do so. I also want to point out two things that are mentioned in other 1-star reviews: The ''ah, a challenge'' comment regarding Ace people. I get how it can be cringe, but at the same time, we're told that Cale hasn't fulfilled his contract, which means Sejic isn't actually saying Ace people aren't real or valid, but that some people will see them as such. Sejic is, actually, saying that they are very valid, and even the top Incubus in the field can't change that. The other is how a lot of them focus on how this is a sappich love fest - which I have no problem with - but here's also a male/male love story that is super cute compared to some of the female/female stuff. One last disclaimer: I read this originally online when I wasn't going through a depression, and I had a vastly different experience then. I enjoyed it and wanted more. This time around, it was triggering to me on many levels, which isn't really a good thing, but does mean the author touches on some real life subject, which I greatly appreciate - in between my tears. There, now that I got that out of the way. The art is, as usual, gorgeous and expressive, although I have to agree with some of the other reviewers in that I would like to see a bit more diversity in bodytype. At the same time, it makes sense that this is a book about beautiful people. It's literally part of the story! The story is slow, but it does a good job of highlighting the fault and hubris of humanity, which, as I said, I appreciate. And I love how many types of love it depicts. With that, I now have to sit pretty and wait for book 2...

  5. 4 out of 5

    cardulelia carduelis

    Wow what a ride! Another sexy, fantastical story from Šejić! This one is all about succubi, cupid, and their endeavor to get mere mortals to sign onto their contracts. The problem is human relationsips and sexuality are complicated and sometimes contracts are just not able to be fulfilled as.. desired. It's a classic story, with a house divided, with sins aplenty, and a feast for the eyes. Excited to have seen this develop on Patreon every month and looking forward to volume 2! Wow what a ride! Another sexy, fantastical story from Šejić! This one is all about succubi, cupid, and their endeavor to get mere mortals to sign onto their contracts. The problem is human relationsips and sexuality are complicated and sometimes contracts are just not able to be fulfilled as.. desired. It's a classic story, with a house divided, with sins aplenty, and a feast for the eyes. Excited to have seen this develop on Patreon every month and looking forward to volume 2!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 5.0 of 5 If someone were to create a movie rating between an 'R' and 'X' (like 'R-21'), then this graphic novel would fit perfectly in that category. When it comes to making bad decisions, no one does it better than Lauren Thomas. She is currently suffering from a broken heart (due to a bad decision, of course) when she encounters a succubus, Merryl. Merryl is currently disguised as a human but for whatever reason (I don't think we This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 5.0 of 5 If someone were to create a movie rating between an 'R' and 'X' (like 'R-21'), then this graphic novel would fit perfectly in that category. When it comes to making bad decisions, no one does it better than Lauren Thomas. She is currently suffering from a broken heart (due to a bad decision, of course) when she encounters a succubus, Merryl. Merryl is currently disguised as a human but for whatever reason (I don't think we're told just why, yet), Lauren can see her for who she really is. This is a turn-on for Merryl. Lauren is given the opportunity to put aside her sorrow and forget about her break-up and instead get it on with the god of desire. A pretty easy choice for someone desperately in need of some loving. The only problem ... 'the god of desire' title is claimed by two different gods and now Lauren is caught in the middle of an eros and thanatos feud. This book took me pleasantly by surprise. First, the artwork is really just stunning for a graphic novel. Every page, every panel - just gorgeous work. It helps, I'm sure that gods and goddesses are a major part of the story and the art is able to express the lavishness of their station - there are wings, and tentacles, and horns, and of course perfect bodies. What I liked about the story was that it didn't feel like it was just an excuse for a lot of sex (oh ... there is a lot of sex!). As the author writes at the end of the book, this really is about flawed people (with gods also being people here) and mistakes and choices and dealing with the consequences. There are a couple of different stories going on, but author and artist Stjepan Šejić weaves it all together into a coherent, exciting, and really engaging book. There is plenty of nudity and genitalia and lots and lots of sex (those gods have nothing better to do, it seems) so if this would offend, don't pick it up, but if you don't mind and you enjoy well-written and beautifully drawn graphic novels, then be sure to check this out. Looking for a good book? Fine Print is a graphic novel from creator Stjepan Šejić that could stand alone as a written work or as an art book, but having the art and story together here makes it a treat worth buying. I received a temporary, digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Isabella - SnooRegrets

    2.5 stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hal

    arc provided by the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review I knew the second that I saw that this was coming out, that I needed to get my hands on it as soon as possible. I adore the Sunstone series by this author and this one definitely held up to my expectations! The Sunstone cameo!!! This was a lot steamier than I was expecting but I loved it— there’s a lot of interconnected storylines that slowly get pulled together throughout this first volume. The drama we are about to wit arc provided by the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review I knew the second that I saw that this was coming out, that I needed to get my hands on it as soon as possible. I adore the Sunstone series by this author and this one definitely held up to my expectations! The Sunstone cameo!!! This was a lot steamier than I was expecting but I loved it— there’s a lot of interconnected storylines that slowly get pulled together throughout this first volume. The drama we are about to witness in volume 2!!! I cannot wait to see it. This volume was more of a development volume— more of the slow climb to the top of the mountain type but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless. I am so excited to see where this story goes! If you’re looking for angst, drama between gods, succubi, cupids and more— sexy scenes, tails and wings and more— definitely check this one out when it is released November 2nd! 4/5⭐️ TW: sexually explicit scenes, heartbreak, blood, drugs, alcohol

  9. 4 out of 5

    ana

    From slightly fuzzy memories of my previous experience with Sunstone, I was already expecting to enjoy this story. Stjepan Šejic's art style is gorgeous and his characters are beautifully and truthfully crafted. This volume was pretty much introdutory to a story that seems to be building up to great things, and it does an excellent job at preparing you for what may or may not come your way in future volumes. At first I was bit bothered by some overlapping plotlines and the shared universe bit bu From slightly fuzzy memories of my previous experience with Sunstone, I was already expecting to enjoy this story. Stjepan Šejic's art style is gorgeous and his characters are beautifully and truthfully crafted. This volume was pretty much introdutory to a story that seems to be building up to great things, and it does an excellent job at preparing you for what may or may not come your way in future volumes. At first I was bit bothered by some overlapping plotlines and the shared universe bit but the author's note at the end was helpful about that. Overall, this was a great read and I'm looking forward to reading volume 2! An ARC was provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    I'm a big fan of Sejic because of Sunstone, Death Vigil, and Harleen. His fantasy stuff has not done as well, and this is another example of why - gorgeous artwork (definitely more of the same-face trend that he's well known for, though), interesting characters, and very sexy spicy scenes, but soooo much writing and a LOT of lore/world building stuffed into just a few chapters. He's very ambitious, but that can lose some readers in the convoluted and often slow-paced stories he tries to weave. N I'm a big fan of Sejic because of Sunstone, Death Vigil, and Harleen. His fantasy stuff has not done as well, and this is another example of why - gorgeous artwork (definitely more of the same-face trend that he's well known for, though), interesting characters, and very sexy spicy scenes, but soooo much writing and a LOT of lore/world building stuffed into just a few chapters. He's very ambitious, but that can lose some readers in the convoluted and often slow-paced stories he tries to weave. Not sure if I'll continue picking this up.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Meerkat

    I expected a lot more from this than a spattering of page and a half sex scenes that aren't really that involved. Only saving grace for this I guess is the tentacle sex scene towards the end but otherwise this is deeply underwhelming. This book is supposed to be feel horny and it fails at feeling horny I expected a lot more from this than a spattering of page and a half sex scenes that aren't really that involved. Only saving grace for this I guess is the tentacle sex scene towards the end but otherwise this is deeply underwhelming. This book is supposed to be feel horny and it fails at feeling horny

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    Well this was.... hot. Holy cow. But not surprising, considering the author. I'll definitely be checking out the second volume. Well this was.... hot. Holy cow. But not surprising, considering the author. I'll definitely be checking out the second volume.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mery ✨

    3.5/5 Nice designs, still trying to figure out what's the point of all this although I can already see it. The model chick is as selfish as they come. 3.5/5 Nice designs, still trying to figure out what's the point of all this although I can already see it. The model chick is as selfish as they come.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vin - bookcadaver

    Greek Gods? Sex? Beautiful Art.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    I loved this TP. It felt like a fantasy version of Sunstone.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Saw this in the Image catalogue and was immediately interested by the cover. And let me just say, this book FUCKS. It’s very much a “set-up” book, I was a little confused by the shift in narrator from Prologue to Chapter 1 but I got it eventually. The art is fantastic.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    I will read pretty much anything either Sejic puts out, but Stepjan's latest is really not the easiest to follow. A human, for unspecified reasons, is able to see through the glamour of the succubus working in a local bookshop, and ends up signing a contract, except it's not the sort of contract you might expect, and succubi really don't like being called demons, despite the look. And then we basically drop the whole angle with the mortal and get into succubus politics, and lots of them having i I will read pretty much anything either Sejic puts out, but Stepjan's latest is really not the easiest to follow. A human, for unspecified reasons, is able to see through the glamour of the succubus working in a local bookshop, and ends up signing a contract, except it's not the sort of contract you might expect, and succubi really don't like being called demons, despite the look. And then we basically drop the whole angle with the mortal and get into succubus politics, and lots of them having illicit sex with cupids, who are also very much not angels, honest, even if they look a lot like them, and even if I was wondering whether this whole thing had started out as a Good Omens fic, but that may just be because I don't really keep up with the whole paranormal romance field so I lack other reference points. That illicit sex, incidentally, being considerably more explicit than in Sejic's Sunstone, which always pulled a very clever trick in terms of seeming like it was much ruder than was ever actually there on the page. But if they get busted doing this, then it could ruin the lead succubus' chance of being promoted to arcubus, which I grant you does sound a bit like a viable contraction of arch-succubus, but so far as I've been able to find, has only ever been an alternate spelling of arquebus, a primitive firearm. But then we're back to a plot with what I think is entirely different humans but it happens over a fair few years so it could possibly be the same woman at another time because she's going through a lot of changes... Oh, and then Hades turns up, and he's very much as seen in Stepjan's wife Linda's Punderworld, so we've got a whole shared universe bit going on too. If you're confused at this point, don't worry, because so am I; I've read it, but I really couldn't claim I followed it, even if the connections between the different strands were eventually made a little clearer. And yet it's all so very pretty that I enjoyed it all the same, not just for the mystical entities flickering between genders on a whim, or the gorgeous butterfly wings, but for that little thing Sejic does so well, the expressions – sexy, awkward, exasperated, whatever – they're always so impossibly human, even when they're on non-humans. The ostensible engine of the plot is a tension between love and desire as perceived opposites, and even if I think I can guess how it's going to get resolved, it feels oddly old-fashioned to go there at all. But sod it, if that's enough of an initial push to get Sejic doing his thing, I'll take it. (Edelweiss ARC)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Hmmm... The books starts with an Everywoman, a true Miranda-Hart-but-way-way-fitter type discovering a succubus is in charge of her local bookshop. She seems to call up her own personal love demon, despite being on the asexual side, only for the "Cue End Prologue" sign. What follows is really quite boring – guy falls for toothy girl, toothy girl becomes model, they wreck their relationship, they wreck the potential restart of their relationship, etc. But it gets much worse, and quickly. For after Hmmm... The books starts with an Everywoman, a true Miranda-Hart-but-way-way-fitter type discovering a succubus is in charge of her local bookshop. She seems to call up her own personal love demon, despite being on the asexual side, only for the "Cue End Prologue" sign. What follows is really quite boring – guy falls for toothy girl, toothy girl becomes model, they wreck their relationship, they wreck the potential restart of their relationship, etc. But it gets much worse, and quickly. For after that gets to a decent mid-point pause, we jump underground to where two love demon things have an argy-bargy, but it only serves to prove the book doesn't even know its own plot. By the time we eventually get back to the model we've long lost all interest, for this has been found out as smut in need of a story. It's the smut a teenager would look at with eyes boggling - "wow, lipstick lesbians do exist?!" - but they'd still hate because the story was rubbish. And it is – it has a "big failure energy", to quote out of context. I mean there's a thing with tempting golden apples, and it so wants to know the truth about love demon lore, and about human desires too, but it's just about sapphic snogging in the finish. This is an adult book that is not an adult book. Many people will not care for there ever being a Volume Two. One and a half stares.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marek

    Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for allowing me to review this book early. Rating and review are my own. Fine Print Vol. 1 by Stjepan Sejic was everything I wanted when I saw this was up to review. The art is gorgeous, the smut is fun, and the story is really interesting and had my attention the whole way through. I am also really enjoying the lore here that feeds in to the story that mixes gods, succubi, human contracts and more. This book starts with what seems to be the ending and then b Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for allowing me to review this book early. Rating and review are my own. Fine Print Vol. 1 by Stjepan Sejic was everything I wanted when I saw this was up to review. The art is gorgeous, the smut is fun, and the story is really interesting and had my attention the whole way through. I am also really enjoying the lore here that feeds in to the story that mixes gods, succubi, human contracts and more. This book starts with what seems to be the ending and then begins to build the setup for the main events that will lead in that direction. The whole time I was left wondering, how do we get there? I love that kind of mystery in storytelling and with the way it left off I have to say I can’t wait until the next one! I recommend this to anyone who is looking for amazing art, sexy characters doing sexy things, while still having a great story that will grip you. Did I mention the art is great? I love it so much. Also - tentacles.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dylan

    Sunstone is a story I stumbled upon by accident and Stephen Sejic is making a heartfelt series about BDSM that yes has lots of sex and nudity, but it also has complex characters. So I try to keep up with everything he does. Fine Print showed up as a drawing exercise for Sejic who always had an eye for fantasy as well. It was of a succubus and Incubus (sex powered don’t call them demons) whose only reason for being is desire both taking on the same woman. Somehow Sejic started thinking and Fine P Sunstone is a story I stumbled upon by accident and Stephen Sejic is making a heartfelt series about BDSM that yes has lots of sex and nudity, but it also has complex characters. So I try to keep up with everything he does. Fine Print showed up as a drawing exercise for Sejic who always had an eye for fantasy as well. It was of a succubus and Incubus (sex powered don’t call them demons) whose only reason for being is desire both taking on the same woman. Somehow Sejic started thinking and Fine Print was born. Lauren is a woman who always seems to make mistakes and the guilt of it is eating her alive, she stumbles upon an earthbound succubus named Meryl who has made her own mistakes and upset her parents who are basically the rulers of the Cubi (not demons!) But Meryl is far from a failure, she has a knack for finding the Golden contracts, the absolute highest pinnacle of Cubi-dom, you’d be lucky if you saw one a century, Meryl has found 2 in 3 years. The 1st one is of an asexual woman who wants a desire cubi to explain why sex is so great, he couldn’t so he was stranded on earth, and was one of the greatest Cubi, hence why Meryl feels like a failure, but Lauren is different, all of Cubi-Dom senses it, but, due to their being a competition for the best desire Cubi (the previous was the one now stranded on earth) Lauren has to handle two Cubi, one succubus one incubus, the one who gets through to Lauren first will be named best in the realm. And that is where volume one ends. Yes it is another series like Sunstone, and I’m all for it. There is way more to the first volume, the job of this review was to get you intrigued enough to seek it out. It has, like Sunstone, graphic sex and nudity, but it is not overdone and it fits the story, much like Sunstone. The book also exists in the same world as not only Sunstone (fans will recognize a location, and yes our Sunstone cast is in the background of a few panels, but Stephen’s wife Linda also has a series called Punderworld that details Hades and Persephone’s loving relationship and That also crosses over but in a MUCH bigger way. This year I was lucky to read new Sunstone, Punderworld, and this, next year Sejic has more stuff coming that is drastically different and I’m all for it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    L. Skyford

    Thank you thank you thank you to @stjepansejic and @this_is_edelweiss for this INCREDIBLY STEAMY COMIC. Is this the sexiest comic I’ve ever read? Yes. Did it immediately burn off all my clothes with how hot it was? Yes. Am I grabby handsing for Vol. 2? Yes. Yes. Yes. Fine Print is an erotic comic about the world of Gods: Hades, etc, and the Cupids and Incubi/Succubi that exist in it, who are fearing for their immortality because ambrosia is becoming rarer and rarer. The Cubi have found a way to g Thank you thank you thank you to @stjepansejic and @this_is_edelweiss for this INCREDIBLY STEAMY COMIC. Is this the sexiest comic I’ve ever read? Yes. Did it immediately burn off all my clothes with how hot it was? Yes. Am I grabby handsing for Vol. 2? Yes. Yes. Yes. Fine Print is an erotic comic about the world of Gods: Hades, etc, and the Cupids and Incubi/Succubi that exist in it, who are fearing for their immortality because ambrosia is becoming rarer and rarer. The Cubi have found a way to grow ambrosia, by offering Golden Contracts to rare people who can see through their glamour. Lauren Thomas, human, is one of those rare people, but she is also a huge hot mess. Volume 1 sets up the whole world. Think of it as an Act 1. The first handful of issues follow different main characters and I was worried there wouldn’t be a through-line to tie them all together, but by the end you see all the strings start to come together. AND BOY DO THEY COME TOGETHER (if you know what I mean 😜). This comic has sex in just about every issue. I wasn’t really tracking it because it was so hot I just kept reading. The Cubi can change binary appearance, from male to female or vice-versa, since they are made to cultivate desire. They have tails and horns. They are enthusiastic. Volume 1 also begins and secondary plot of a Cubi who is stuck with a Golden Contracted asexual human. I’m very interested in how this develops since Cubi don’t feel love, which is what I suspect the human needs in order to feel arousal. I’m also interested in the possible exploration of Cubi who present female (female facial features, breasts) and have a penis or male and have a vagina. There could be some very interesting trans explorations here. Also, bonus points because the writer and artist of this comic is married to the author and artist for Punderworld and they are in the same universe! Hello, cinnamon roll Hades! I will give this comic two enthusiastic thumbs up, but quickly because they are needed elsewhere. -Ford

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    This is totally bonkers and I’m obsessed. Fine Print’s first volume mainly sets the stage and introduces its many colourful characters: succubus Merryl and her doomed track record of divine contracts, broken-hearted mortal Lauren who’s spiralling into depression & destructive behaviour, and two top-tier “cubi” who are battling it out for the hierarchy’s top spot while keeping their forbidden romances with “cupids” secret. (Well, one cupid and one cupid-turned-incubus who I love even if he was onl This is totally bonkers and I’m obsessed. Fine Print’s first volume mainly sets the stage and introduces its many colourful characters: succubus Merryl and her doomed track record of divine contracts, broken-hearted mortal Lauren who’s spiralling into depression & destructive behaviour, and two top-tier “cubi” who are battling it out for the hierarchy’s top spot while keeping their forbidden romances with “cupids” secret. (Well, one cupid and one cupid-turned-incubus who I love even if he was only around for a handful of pages.) The hook from the blurb is actually the cliffhanger for the next issue: Lauren signs one of those contracts with Merryl, and now she’s got an incubi and succubi vying to win her over. Šejić‘s art is as stunning as always. Everyone is so effortlessly expressive and drawing demons/magical folk is a huge strength of his. I honestly wanted a copy just to look at the panels but found a pretty fun story inside too. And it’s certainly a treat to see such incredible anatomy art skills on display. Uhm, really, really on display… (view spoiler)[For some reason for a story about succubi/incubi, I didn’t expect quite so much sex. (hide spoiler)] It has some things that are typical of his storytelling style that I don’t personally jive with, like endless circular introspection about feelings and regrets that drag the pacing to a halt. Lauren’s plot was really at a standstill but I have high hopes that we’ll learn way more about her now that she’s integrated with the far more dynamic stories of the cubi & cupids. Also, I really appreciated like…just how gay it was? I mean, that sounds reductive, but really, succubi/incubi have so long been a trope for hetero love stories, and it was cool that there was nary a straight in sight. Even with the cubi being able to shift bodies at will, both their main romances are same-sex, and Merryl’s original contract being doomed because she signed on an asexual woman got a smirk out of me. Now, to scurry on over to the author’s Twitter to check out more of his concept sketches…

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carissa Valentine

    I follow this artist/writer (my favorite artist) on patreon and knew that I had to read it once I saw the concept art! I wasn't disappointed. I was captivated by this world that the author was building from the first mini-arc. It's a new take on succubi/incubi and cupids with an ancient Greek flair. It's refreshing to read about demons/angels (or what we think are demons/angels) without a Christian filter. The main character is the opposite of a Mary Sue and her lover only takes her so far. The r I follow this artist/writer (my favorite artist) on patreon and knew that I had to read it once I saw the concept art! I wasn't disappointed. I was captivated by this world that the author was building from the first mini-arc. It's a new take on succubi/incubi and cupids with an ancient Greek flair. It's refreshing to read about demons/angels (or what we think are demons/angels) without a Christian filter. The main character is the opposite of a Mary Sue and her lover only takes her so far. The rest of her success was all her, but she is ridiculously human -all of the characters are human. They have flaws and envious traits. The plot is a bit like watching the first 3 episodes of a dark fantasy anime. It throws you in and it can be a little jarring since the usual lore we're used to is mostly thrown by the wayside. Once you get to the end, it makes sense and leaves you wanting more - an absolute pun on the sexual themes this comic entails. The best part - It's LGBTQ+ friendly! Gender is fluid but sexual orientations are seemlessly established in the characters. There's hardly commentary either, so these relationships and identities truly reflect how normal they are irl. There's no need to comment or defend them because they just are. To see queer media without using the struggle that community faces as a plot device is so beautiful and unique in comics. Absolutely will invest in the next installment as well!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dafydd Mac An Leigh

    Fine Print; or, How a Divine Contract May Not Be the Best Cure For a Broken Heart is Stjepan Šejić's most explicitly erotic title to date — even moreso than his wildly popular Sunstone. The premise is fairly simple: lovelorn model Lauren Thomas is given a magical contract that would summon the greatest of all cubi (gods of desire) to service her every need. Unfortunately, the title of "greatest" is currently under contention, and now both the finalists are fighting over her. And she really shoul Fine Print; or, How a Divine Contract May Not Be the Best Cure For a Broken Heart is Stjepan Šejić's most explicitly erotic title to date — even moreso than his wildly popular Sunstone. The premise is fairly simple: lovelorn model Lauren Thomas is given a magical contract that would summon the greatest of all cubi (gods of desire) to service her every need. Unfortunately, the title of "greatest" is currently under contention, and now both the finalists are fighting over her. And she really should have paid more attention to the fine print on that contract... The full story, of course, is much more complicated, with supporting characters and side plots galore, and Volume 1 spends nearly all its time setting these up. Unfortunately, that means a bunch of disconnected chapters in a volume that doesn't get quite far enough into the story to tie them all together. This is really the sole reason I can only give the book 4 stars instead of 5. The artwork is wonderful, and the characters engaging enough that I am eager to see more. It is also quite LGBTQA+ friendly, like much of Šejić's work. As Šejić is currently writing and drawing several titles at once (including Sunstone, Death Vigil, and the upcoming Achilles Shieldmaidens), it will likely be close to a year before we get Volume 2, but I have no doubt it will be worth the wait.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I'll be honest with you. I'm struggling to write this review for the latest addition to the Sunstone Universe by my favorite comic artist/author, Stjepan Šejić. I'm struggling because I honestly don't know how to phonetically spell the unholy fangirl squeal that, try as I might, I could not repress for the entire time I was reading. Then there's the added struggle not to gush like a demonically crazed groupie about the glorious perfection of the artwork because Šejić's style shines like the unf I'll be honest with you. I'm struggling to write this review for the latest addition to the Sunstone Universe by my favorite comic artist/author, Stjepan Šejić. I'm struggling because I honestly don't know how to phonetically spell the unholy fangirl squeal that, try as I might, I could not repress for the entire time I was reading. Then there's the added struggle not to gush like a demonically crazed groupie about the glorious perfection of the artwork because Šejić's style shines like the unfiltered sun with fantasy elements. I'm further struggling not to laugh maniacally like a fairy tale witch at the ridiculously funny and heartbreakingly relatable writing that fills the characters overflowing with life and soul until they're practically getting up off the page. And I am desperately struggling not to salivate in a most undignified manner at some of the salacious, delicious (another sound I don't know how to spell) of which there is a plethora. Dear readers, the struggle is real!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mirely

    I don't even know how to rate this or review it. The artwork is fantastic, the actual people and what the author considers attractive is lacking; the storytelling is disjointed. There were just parts of the story line that was disjointed. We get unfinished thoughts and then have to surmise what actually took place between one panel and the other. In fact, it wasn't until I read the author's summary in the end that I figured out what happened to the succubi that was assigned to the Ace individual I don't even know how to rate this or review it. The artwork is fantastic, the actual people and what the author considers attractive is lacking; the storytelling is disjointed. There were just parts of the story line that was disjointed. We get unfinished thoughts and then have to surmise what actually took place between one panel and the other. In fact, it wasn't until I read the author's summary in the end that I figured out what happened to the succubi that was assigned to the Ace individual. I thought they died or something because they didn't complete the assignment but no. It turns out he became the roommate to the Ace individual. I think I would have liked to see more of that play out. I didn't find the story telling boring but more so where is this all going because it was hard to follow the disjointed parts so that you could be like "ah ok. I get it." Not sure if I will continue.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Really disappointed that this ended up being completely focused on Lauren and her story. With the prologue being used as promo material online I thought the premise of an asexual character in a contract with a succubus/incubus would be really fun to explore and I was excited to read about it...only to have it end there. It's used as an intro to the idea of the contracts, and as a joke for why one of the cubi have been gone for years, and that's it. While not the best, I do like that it's implied Really disappointed that this ended up being completely focused on Lauren and her story. With the prologue being used as promo material online I thought the premise of an asexual character in a contract with a succubus/incubus would be really fun to explore and I was excited to read about it...only to have it end there. It's used as an intro to the idea of the contracts, and as a joke for why one of the cubi have been gone for years, and that's it. While not the best, I do like that it's implied that even though he viewed Rachel as "a challenge," it's clear he hasn't succeeded. I just wish we got to see that! It was hard not to resent Lauren's character or story once I realized Rachel wasn't going to be coming back into the story. I might check in next volume to see if that changes but if not...I think I'm done with this series. I just don't find Lauren's character relatable or likable enough to care in following her story alone.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I came into this book because I loved Stjepan's other comics like Sunstone and Death Vigil so I knew what I could have expected in this volume, and he didn't disappoint but what I wasn't ready for was the cameo appearance which was such a fun surprise. The art style is beautiful and it shows on every page the thought and care that went into it, and not to mention the coloring! Bright and vivid and speak louder than words on the full page panels! Seriously fantastic work. This first volume shows a I came into this book because I loved Stjepan's other comics like Sunstone and Death Vigil so I knew what I could have expected in this volume, and he didn't disappoint but what I wasn't ready for was the cameo appearance which was such a fun surprise. The art style is beautiful and it shows on every page the thought and care that went into it, and not to mention the coloring! Bright and vivid and speak louder than words on the full page panels! Seriously fantastic work. This first volume shows a lot of different arcs starting so if this is anything like his Sunstone series, I can't wait to see how all of these characters are going to intersect and eventually connect with each other. Since this first volume is really setting up the world and the arc builds for the next volume, I'm going to give it a steady 3 stars because I can see the start of a few possibilities but I am excited and can't wait for the next one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bernie Gourley

    This erotic graphic novel intertwines a “real world” star-crossed love story with a storyline set in a fantastical realm that mixes Greek Mythology, the lore of incubi and succubi, and elements from the author’s imagination. The central premise is a Faustian bargain, but with some twists. The artwork is beautifully done, colorful, and in some cases quite explicit. Readers who are a bit prudish or who are considering buying this for someone as a gift should beware that there are many graphically This erotic graphic novel intertwines a “real world” star-crossed love story with a storyline set in a fantastical realm that mixes Greek Mythology, the lore of incubi and succubi, and elements from the author’s imagination. The central premise is a Faustian bargain, but with some twists. The artwork is beautifully done, colorful, and in some cases quite explicit. Readers who are a bit prudish or who are considering buying this for someone as a gift should beware that there are many graphically explicit scenes of nudity and a wide variety of sex acts. It’s best read in a single sitting because the non-linear depiction of events combined with the crossing between two different story worlds can result in the read being a bit disjointed / confusing. I found this story to be engrossing and evocative with likable characters.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ange Louise

    Like expected, the art was great 😍 5/5 stars. But the story was a little too slow and all over the place. Kindof messy and incoherent: 3/5 stars. I felt we could have done with 50% of the background stories, while other stories were lacking background or explanations. What happened to the girl and succubus from the beginning? Why do some people see succubi? What's the reason for the rivalry between the last two incubi that were introduces? That would have been more interesting to learn then the Like expected, the art was great 😍 5/5 stars. But the story was a little too slow and all over the place. Kindof messy and incoherent: 3/5 stars. I felt we could have done with 50% of the background stories, while other stories were lacking background or explanations. What happened to the girl and succubus from the beginning? Why do some people see succubi? What's the reason for the rivalry between the last two incubi that were introduces? That would have been more interesting to learn then the long background story from the model. And many more questions that were left unanswered. But i have to say... when shit finally goes down it's glorious and leaves you wanting more and more. Can't wait for part two. Hoping for a bit more R-rated material though.

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