It's not a question of whether you can rationalize the result - it's that they used pretty much this exact same plot point in MC - main character splitting into two people. It largely destroyed major tensions and character development there, and is likely to do so here as well.
But let's be fair. Maybe those of us in here, with our concern for an interesting story, are the exception. Maybe the average reader just wants to treat these comics as soft porn, and sees plot as getting in the way?
Seriously, I once invited people from what seemed an appropriate forum to read my web novel. Thousands took me up on it... and then stopped reading when they saw that it wasn't porn.