Wow, you never realize how much you have invested in a character until they are changed at their fundamental core, and then you either come to like them that much more or you come to realize how much you liked them in the first place.
When we had Ace the Girl, it actually brought me around and I found that I really liked Ace, and her fumblings with her identity and determining her sexuality with Brooke was all actually kinda sweet, and for a change I liked Ace, and looked forward to seeing her in the strip. Blam, back to a guy, the curse is off to Kade (and while that did give us more perspective on the curse), Ace's adventures are relegated to 'purchase only' land and pretty much out of the strip again. Sigh.
Now we have Chloe, who I liked from the start, and suddenly she has the Doom Panties... which completely reverses her character. Whereas becoming a girl made Ace's insecurities and neurotic tendencies endearing, Chloe gains control of her abilities and is suddenly no longer a nice, likeable and sweet girl. Instead she is replaced with a cold, heartless %$#@& who imprisons her own mother- until she needs a shoulder to cry on, then when she's had her fix she does it again!- as she coldly manipulates everyone around her.
At this rate the character is pretty much ruined for me... even if she returns to who she was, what she did to her mother is unforgivable- I can't see her ever trusting her own child again after that. Entrapping her once was cruel, but pulling her out to cry, get some perspective then doing it again was downright psychopathic. She shattered Layla's trust- sure, Layla outsmarted her, but she'd be a fool to ever trust Chloe again. And as readers, we can't blame it on the plot device- all it did was give her full access to her powers as a succubus. Not turn her evil, not possess her, not twist her mind- all they did was give her access to the full range of powers of an adult succubus. Which she then used to become a heartless, manipulative and evil. The panties didn't do that- not according to the explanation we were given. These have all been Chloe's choices- a Chloe with more power and control than she knew before.
I'm sad to see one of the characters that I knew and loved from this strip corrupted so, and damaged beyond repair. I'm sure in the long run things will settle back to some semblance of normalcy, and the characters may even turn a blind eye to what she's done and blame it on the artifact. But as a reader I'll know that beneath the sweet and endearing facade of Chloe actually lurks the dark heart of a predatorial creature who will one day return, and that creature has no remorse, no conscience and no qualms about doing whatever it wants to get what it desires.
And when I look at Chloe that's what I'll see... and mourn the loss of the character she was once upon a time. A likeable character who was relatable to her audience... instead of someone you might know who you never liked anyway.
Just my 2 cents, and I wanted to get it off my chest.