Succubus: Issue #3 by Rob Hicks
It’s been a while since I last read an issue of the comic book series Succubus by Rob Hicks. I had previously written about the premiere issue of this comic book series in the Tale here and I reviewed the second issue in the series here as well.
The one question that has been bothering me from the start has been the question about Ximena’s family, mainly her mother, but also her sister, both of whom appear in Issue 3 for the first time.
There’s also the question about Ximena’s powers, her fully transformed self, horns, tail and all, and just what she’s capable of. In the same way, how succubi feed, what their powers are, haven’t been quite clearly defined so far in the series. Issue 3 clears up a lot of that by far.
Issue 3 focuses most of all on the question of family, what it’s like to have a sister who’s just a few fries short of a happy meal and just how messed up things become when she’s present. Beyond that, Ximena’s own view of right and wrong comes into play and in the midst of that also appears the answer as to what matters to her. But along the way there’s a reveal about Ximena which, while not that surprising, puts into a new light her own family, what they want and what they are willing to do.
The summary of this issue is a little thin, so, from my perspective, I think it can be summed up as:
Ximena’s family is a bit dysfunctional. Her sister Luna is crazy, her mother Lilith schemes and Ximena finds herself caught between fighting for her life and that of her friends. One’s own blood is important, but sometimes you have to spill blood for a good reason.
In the third issue, the two things that have the most impact are the appearance of Luna, Ximena’s sister who gets into a long, drawn out fight with Ximena that puts a lot of people in jeopardy. As well Lilith, Ximena’s mother, finally makes herself known and that brings in a new plot which puts things into another perspective.
There’s a lot of misdirection and plotting going on around Ximena in this issue, much of which comes to a head and drives her towards really only one choice, that being dealing with Luna and facing her mother. There’s a sharp contrast between the two, but as violent and insane as Luna is, it’s Lilith that gives me the shivers.
There’s a few scenes in which the powers which Ximena and Luna have as succubi appear and those are especially well shown in their feeding on others. It’s a bit messy, but makes perfect sense all things considered. Ximena’s transformation into her real form is delicious and the contrast is really something I’m coming to like more and more as the series goes onwards.
There are two points at which I found myself wincing at what happened in the story. One is something really terrible that Luna does to someone in front of Ximena and it didn’t sit right for two reasons. One was what physically happened, I think it might have been a little too far over the top, but then we are taking about an insane succubus, so it makes sense, even if it didn’t appeal to me. It also didn’t make a lot of sense to me as to how Ximena reacted to that, when she could. It seemed a little too cold and I don’t think it worked. It felt like there was a moment missed there for some reason.
The other point that I had a problem with was scattered over the story. I found that Ximena’s tendency to giggle, a lot, started to get a bit old, a little worn and at times didn’t quite fit I thought with the moment at hand. I know she’s a free spirit, really only caring about the sex and fun for the most part, but perhaps some more of the darker emotions need to appear sometimes along the story as things go.
There’s a lot of sex scenes in the issue, but there’s still enough time for some character development, some background to be explained and more of Ximena’s world to be brought into focus. I liked all of that, though the first erotic scene with Ximena wasn’t actually as hot as the first thing that Luna did in the issue. That might sound odd, but it’s the difference between brooding evil and unrestrained sex. Both have their moments, but the latter, at some point, seems to have missed something.
The series continues on, there’s a lot of new questions, some cliff-hangers and a mystery about Ximena’s mother and sister left open to be told. It should be fun to see what, and who, comes next.
I’ll give the third issue of Succubus three and a half out of five pitchforks.
Overal I liked the layers of story about Luna, Lilith and Ximena’s friends that stand with her. The one part that made me cringe, and almost lost me, was what Luna did to at one point and how Ximena reacted to it. I felt like there might have been something done to make that more revealing as to Ximena’s powers, but it was sort of left to the side.
That said, I liked the character reveals, how they seemingly connect to each other. There’s a lot of story in the characters that surround Ximena and that will be interesting. But it’s still a story about Ximena’s life, her family and what the future holds for her.
Lilith has something planned, Luna is lurking and then comes the question as to Ximena’s place in it all and what it all means. Going forwards, I think that’s something that needs to be explored a little more than it has been. The erotica, succubus and otherwise, tells its own story, but there’s all of these other things to be told that are waiting I think.
It would be nice to see the aftermath from what happened in this issue next, perhaps there’s a bit more shown about what Ximena is capable of, things she didn’t know she could do. Her true form has been seen, and it’s clear that Ximena’s not the normal sort of succubus. That still leaves the question as to why that matters and what happens when she either discovers the truth, or it is forced onto her.
Whichever comes, I wouldn’t like to see Ximena’s personality change from who she is. It’s a sharp contrast to her sister and mother. That again is a story to be told I think, what made her decide to walk the path she’s on and what Lilith really thinks about that.
Still lots of story to tell, which I love, and Ximena’s different, which I think is interesting. What comes next will be telling.
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The first three works in the series have been released as a single volume, which you can find on the Spiral Inks website, along with some poster art of Ximena which are wonderfully succubus in nature.
It’s been a bit of a wait for Issue 3, I’m hoping that Issue 4 will appear a little sooner. Ximena’s story is changing and where things are going will be quite the unique storytelling ahead.