In the textbook way. All the alpha males (Kade, Dio) want her. Most other males and a lot of girls want her too. Even sworn enemies (Tiff) fall for her. Her love life is an "embarras du choix" québécois soap opera. In the last two crisis arcs (Doompanties, Quintessa) she's the heroine who, supported by her friends, triumphs over adversity and saves the day. And looks so cool doing it, too.
No, really? Then tell me: is she straight? Bisexual? Lesbian? Fluid? No-sexual? Does she loves Ace? Layla? Chloe? Tabby? Someone else? Noone at all? Can you answer any of these questions with certainty and conclusive proof? What you call character development was just showing again and again how confused she was about herself and how her sense of identity as a sexual person was a total mess. None of these issues were ever resolved in EC.Gotoh wrote: ↑Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:57 pmHuh? Brooke was one of the most fleshed out characters in EC, she had just as much focus and character development as Ace. Entire chapters worth.
We had to wait until recent Ma3 for elucidation. Ma3 finally gives us, through Brooke's adult version expy, a clear and conclusive answer: Brooke is a lesbian, period. All that confusion of hers in EC was just adolescent experimenting.
In fact, judging by Annie's infatuation with Didi, I'm tempted to posit that Brooke's one true serious crush in EC was probably Chloe, as many early hints suggest... but this would be pushing speculation a wee bit too far.
Yes, it was. I've just finished reading the whole comic, so my memories are probably fresher than yours. Look here:Gotoh wrote: ↑Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:57 pmNo, it wasn't. It was always about Layla and Nina, which is why they're in the foreground of the cover for Vol.Ø. It's also explicitly stated in the page summary at TV Tropes.
This is the strip were Layla starts assuming a leading role in the story... and, at this point, we are already a hundred strips into the comic. This strip is the turning point of the story. Up to here, Layla was the straight man for the main trio's antics. Nina's gang created the problems and solved them, while Layla played the role of the foil. Starting with this story arc, everything changed. From here on, she got to steal the spotlight all the way to the end.
(Incidentally, next strip, she and Tiff meet for the first time. Not coincidence.)
And also, come on: TV Tropes?!? Seriously?