Mini Reviews: Graphic Novels – Lint Boy, Starfighter Ch. 2, Starfighter Ch. 3

 
 

In Lint Boy, a little boy made of lint has a harrowing adventure to save his brother. In Starfighter Ch. 2, navigator Abel learns some questionable info about his partner, Cain, and Cain confronts fellow fighter Praxis for talking to Abel. In Starfighter Ch. 3, Cain and Abel get their new assignment on a new ship and grow closer while going on more missions and dealing with other navigators and fighters. Enjoy my mini reviews for these three graphic novels!


Lint Boy by Aileen Leijten

Book Cover - Lint Boy by Aileen Leijten
Title: Lint Boy
Author: Aileen Leijten
Publisher: Clarion Books
Pages: 128
Rating: 4 stars
 
Review:

This was a whimsical children's book, but one that is easily enjoyable for all ages. It's absolutely beautiful. A feast for your eyeballs. The artwork reminds me of Tim Burton's, but cuter and more colorful. It's a somewhat unsettling story at times, but still plenty appropriate for kids. It's worth reading for the gorgeous artwork alone, but it also has a cute story.

*Rating: 4 Stars // Read Date: 2018 // Format: eBook*

Recommended For:
Anyone who likes cute and colorful Burton-esque art and unique all-ages stories.

 
 

Starfighter Ch. 2 by Hamlet Machine

Book Cover - Starfighter Ch. 2 by Hamlet Machine
Title: Starfighter Ch. 2
Author: Hamlet Machine
Series: Starfighter
Pages: 69
Rating: 3 stars
 
Review:

You can find my series review in my review of Ch. 1! Below are my thoughts for this chapter specifically.

First Read Thoughts (Ch. 2):

Cain was still awful, but I'll take me some Praxis ;-) Anyway, there was at least a tiny bit of story before the sex this time, so that's something, I suppose. And I liked the scene after the sex when they kind of had a moment and started laughing together. But it was still pretty much just about sex and an abusive sociopath. I'm not quite seeing what everyone else seems to see in this series. Nice artwork though (it seemed better this time even), I will not argue with that. And it works as a distraction since I'm not feeling great and could not for the life of me figure out what book to start next or concentrate on any of the books I tried.

*Rating: 2.5 Stars // 1st Read Date: 2017 // Source: Free Webcomic*

Second Read Thoughts (Ch. 2):

Chapter 2 was better. I'm definitely getting more into the story again. I liked getting to see some other characters (Praxis and Deimos), who also seemed interesting and unique. Especially Deimos, being all sneaky, giving info to Cain, pulling a knife on someone who groped him, clearly wanting Cain but also being afraid of him. I also started to feel something forming between Cain and Abel, beyond just fucking, when they had a moment of laughter together. There was still sex though, albeit much more consensual (not dubcon) this time.

*Rating: 3 Stars // 2nd Read Date: 2020 // Source: Free Webcomic*

Recommended For:
Anyone who likes erotic comics, manga-style artwork, space battles, m/m romance, and romance that starts a little fucked up but ends cute.

 
 

Starfighter Ch. 3 by Hamlet Machine

Book Cover - Starfighter Ch. 3 by Hamlet Machine
Title: Starfighter Ch. 3
Author: Hamlet Machine
Series: Starfighter
Pages: 89
Rating: 4 stars
 
Review:

You can find my series review in my review of Ch. 1! Below are my thoughts for this chapter specifically.

First Read Thoughts (Ch. 3):

Well, well, well, I think there was actually more story than sex this time! Still plenty of sex though, so nobody panic. I also liked Abel more---he had more of a backbone---and if only Cain hadn't been so abusive and sociopathic in the beginning, I think I might actually like him. Apparently he likes cuddles (he moved their mattresses next to each other on the floor so they could sleep together instead of in bunk beds), and he even shared his food with Abel at one point. And that scene after the mission when they hugged <3 There were also a couple pages in the beginning that showed how they've been getting along with each other, which was cute, but it was so brief; I wanted more like that. I liked seeing how all the different teams worked together on the mission though. It's still not exactly the deepest thing I've ever read, but this comic is growing on me.

*Rating: 3 Stars // 1st Read Date: 2017 // Source: Free Webcomic*

Second Read Thoughts (Ch. 3):

Oh, Chapter 3 was definitely better. So much better than the previous two. I feel like I got to know the characters more in this one, and this was definitely when the relationship started to become more. Cain and Abel spent a lot more time together, and even though we didn't see all of it, the author/artist did a great job of showing us bits and pieces and just the right moments and interactions to make it feel real. Their relationship has also clearly reached a much more healthy and equal place. It's no longer just Cain being a dominant asshole. Cain listened to Abel about things. He worked with him instead of arguing against him. He went over to his lunch table, even though fighters and navigators apparently never sit together, and let Abel try his food. He hugged him, this big attack of a hug, in front of a whole group of people. The relationship has evolved so much, into one I actually ship and like and find cute. And oh gosh, how Abel was the complete opposite of Cain when they switched places in the bedroom was so funny. *SPOILER* "You're doing really well!" "Would you stick it in already?" 😂 *END SPOILER* There was also some mysterious stuff starting to happen with whatever abilities Abel has, and more hints at the higher-ups' bigger machinations.

*Rating: 4 Stars // 2nd Read Date: 2020 // Source: Free Webcomic*

Recommended For:
Anyone who likes erotic comics, manga-style artwork, space battles, m/m romance, and romance that starts a little fucked up but ends cute.

 
 
 
 

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  1. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Lint Boy sounds so cute! I am intrigued by the art style being Tim Burton-esque. I’ll try and check it out for that alone. Sounds like Starfighter got better the further in it goes. Chapter 3 had more story so yay! I was ready to say I wouldn’t check out Starfighter at all but given the higher rating for chapter 3 I might change my mind.