After a bit of a delay, the second issue of the comic book series Succubus by Rob Hicks was published at the end of May 2015. I had previously written about the premiere issue of this comic book series in the Tale here and I thought the series had a lot going for it and wondered where it was going next.
Some of the questions that I had at the time were: What does Ximena, the main character of the series, look like when she transforms into a Succubus? What is the story about Gigi, her roommate, friend and webmistress? What was Ximena’s mother like?
The first issue left a lot of questions behind after introducing Ximena and her world, and I was wondering where the story was going to turn to next.
There isn’t a good summary of this issue available as such, so, from my perspective, I think it can be best summed up as:
Ximena’s webcam show goes all out, but then her past comes calling and things turn from heated to hunted. Payback can be a bitch, and Ximena knows her far too intimately.
In the second issue, there’s really a lot that happens in a very short period of time. We see Ximena and her girlfriend Gigi doing a webcam show, Ximena’s mother appears, as does Luna, Ximena’s sister and then something unexpected leaves the issue at a cliffhanger.
What’s more interesting is that, for a moment, we see Ximena looking more Succubus-like, thanks to a spell her mother put on her, but I’ll get back to that a little later. What I thought was interesting about that was the question of which form is her real one? Is it human looking Ximena or Ximena the Succubus? It is a bit of a mystery and one that I hope will be explored further.
Getting back to the content of the issue, the webcam show tells quite a lot about Ximena’s past, mainly that she’s had only eight camshows at this point, but also it tells a bit about Gigi, her personality and that she isn’t quite what you might expect her to be. The show takes up a good part of the issue and when it is over with, a call to Ximena’s mother comes next.
There’s not a lot really told about her, her name isn’t revealed, it’s clear, at least to me, that she is a Succubus as well, and she seems to be a Domme of some sort, and a wealthy one at that. Ximena gets the news that her sister, Luna, has gotten loose and this puts Ximena into a panic. There’s a hint that Luna isn’t exactly little Miss Wonderful by any means, and the little tease of her that is seen before the end of the issue leaves a lot of questions about her.
The issue ends on a cliffhanger, really one that I didn’t expect, and considering a comment by Ximena’s mother, I’m not quite sure to take what happens as it is… I’m expecting something is going on, not sure how that unfolds exactly, but I expect it will be interesting.
I have to admit that Ximena’s Succubus form, horns, tail and all, is very unique and as a whole she’s very sexy and the entire look really works well… save for her horns. For me, they are a little too small, they look a bit odd, but that might be the angle of the image. We’ll see I suppose in the future about that.
There was a lot in this issue that was covered, a lot of characters brought out and a lot of plot lines started. I think there might have been a little too much done in that, the issue seemed really packed with things going on, more so than the first issue and I think that hurt things a bit.
The art is wonderful, some of the settings and moments were really well shown and in being so it brought for me a little bit more about each of the characters. Each of them is unique, and the art plays upon that really well. I will admit that the webcam show was, in an amusing way, a little over the top, but considering the two characters, who they are, and more importantly, what makes each of them special, it worked as a whole.
I’ll give the second issue of Succubus three and a half out of five pitchforks.
Compared to the first issue, there was a lot of plot and characters that appeared in this one and I felt that hurt things a touch. I do know that everything was to set up the series going forwards, but somehow each of the characters, especially Ximena’s mother and her sister, needed to have more fleshing out than what happened.
I’m hoping to know more about Ximena’s mother especially, and yes, I know a little tidbit about her which Rob shared with me. When that comes out, eventually, it has a rather special meaning to me, one that made me smile, considering the name. I’m hoping to know more about Luna, Ximena’s sister, what her story is, and why she turned out the way she did.
Lastly, I’d like to know more about magic, about the Succubi in this universe, and most of all, I’d like to know just how close to the mythology of Succubi they are. I expect, as a whole, they are not stereotypical, at least all signs point to that, and in being so i think there’s a lot of interesting stories that can be told.
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As an aside, the second issue will be the last individual one that is physically printed. Going forwards, the individual issues will be available as PDFs only. Current plans are to produce a collected physically printed edition of the series every four issues.
I would like to thank Rob again for answering some of my questions about the series and allowing me a peek inside. I’ll be watching for Issue Three and wondering…