lordoffiling wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:57 am
Time to voice an unpopular opinion. Brace yourselves.
I think this comic has been brilliant.
Let me qualify that before you fly into a key clacking frenzy, okay?
There are a lot—and I mean a LOT—of anime and manga about a succubus falling in love with a human. Just, so many. If you factor the hentai in, there might be a metric shit-ton of them. It is thoroughly explored ground.
All of the ones that end happily have one thing in common: The succubus always changes herself to suit her human lover. She becomes monogamous for him, or magically transforms onto a human, or something along those lines.
In other words, they’re all about, “How must the succubus change in order to love a human?” This is the only one I’ve ever even heard of that comes at it from the other direction. How must the human change to love a succubus?
So, thank you, Dave and Jason, for giving us something different in this crowded genre.
It’s an interesting question, by the way. Seriously, put yourself in that position. Say you wanted to be the twue wuv of a succubus.
Now, your knee-jerk reaction is to say, “I wouldn’t!” And you’d be right! This is a terrible idea for all sorts of reasons, you should reconsider! Plenty of fish in the sea and all, especially in this universe.
But let’s say you’ve set yourself on this path and there’s just no changing your mind. You are going to love a succubus. And not just any succubus, a virgin! Let’s also say that you have decided it would be wrong to ask your succubus girlfriend to radically change herself to suit your needs. What would you need to be, yourself, to make this work?
You’d need to be...
If you’re gonna go whole hog on this and insist on being her first, by this universes’ rules you need to be invincible. Able to withstand *both* her ravenous hunger and the unholy violence of the act of coupling. So you need to be a demigod at minimum. (A werewolf might also pull it off. They have demonstrated having plenty of life force to spare. It’s unclear if they’d survive the physical act, though. If they follow standard werewolf rules they can’t die to anything other than silver, so, maybe...? I dunno how they work in this universe as far as that goes.)
Or good with a vixen/stag relationship, at minimum. Your succubus girlfriend is not gonna be monogamous for you. She has a job to do, and that job is having demonic lust sex with lots and lots of men. She’s purpose-designed by the forces of evil for this role, it’s unrealistic and selfish to ask her to change so fundamentally for you. So, you need to be good with her doing what she was born to do. Oh and by the way, just about all of the men she’s gonna do this with are going to die horribly. Which brings us to...
#3: Morally Bankrupt
You’re basically placing yourself into the loving embrace of a sexual serial killer, here. There’s just no getting around that. She’s literally going to be coming home every night with blood on her hands, it’s her job. You need to be okay with this.
It is worth noting that if you have gained mastery of #2 and #3, there, and you’re good with letting a bunch of randoes take the heat of her virginity rage, you can skip #1. It probably wouldn’t hurt to look into some manner of supernatural enhancement to yourself anyway, unless you want to live your life on the cusp of death by soul draining.
I bring all this up because if you look at it through that lens, the comic has been what it needed to be. Teddy had to reach this place where he’s a morally flexible polyamorous deity, because loving a succubus *won’t work any other way.* Their relationship now has a real chance, whereas before it would have been over the first time Chloe came home covered in human entrails.
Does the comic have flaws? Absolutely. The big one for me is how absent Chloe is, when you consider that it’s her name in the title. But overall it has been a new take on the succubus what-if, and I’ve enjoyed it.
I wonder how many pages are left? What’s left to wrap up?