Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Doublecross by Shadoman (feminization erotica thriller)

My admiration for illustrated delights took a brief hiatus while I was on vacation, but I am back and so are they, courtesy once again of Shadoman and Amazing Transformation Comics.

The Doublecross is an interesting comic, in that it is Shadoman's first foray into the world of gender-bending, a story conceived during his Renderotica days. Its focus is primarily on the crime story, with the gender transformation more a catalyst than a plot thread, but that actually makes it more interesting.

Visually, the lettering is a little more basic than Shadoman's more recent work, but that is really the only difference a new reader is likely to notice. The comic book style sounds effects still stand out, the backgrounds are nicely detailed, and the figures are well-rendered. Clothes hang nicely, complete with wrinkles and seams, and shadows give the panels the illusion of depth.

As for the story, there is some dark stuff here, both in the story itself and in the character's shared pasts. When Donnie comes to his sister for help hiding from the mob, she could have just altered his appearance, but she is more interested in revenge for her own past abuse than in helping him escape future harm. She decides that turning him into a woman would be an act of suitable revenge, and a timely break-and-enter by a mob boss means she can even shift the blame.

The story is even darker than that, though, with motives hidden within motives, and a much larger revenge scheme at play. It is cleverly sinister, and I love how it turns the tables. Of course, if any of it is to be a success, the newly christened Donna will need to learn how to act and dress like a woman, and that includes pleasuring horny men! That is far from the end of the story, however. In fact, it is not even the first half - like any good mob story, one with feuding families and jealous lovers, there are plots, betrayals, and conspiracies aplenty.

Word of caution, there is some talk of abuse within the story, some issues of dubious consent, some rough bondage, and some brutal violence, but that is part of what makes this an erotic thriller and not just an erotic genderswap fantasy. All of that darkness plays a role, and leads to an incredibly exciting finale. As for the alternate ending, I think I prefer the original - the erotic thriller ending - simply because it ties everything up so nicely, but the alternative - the genderswap fantasy ending - is happier, for those who need it.

Shadoman is a CG artist who enjoys telling stories through 3D comic art. Originally from the Mid-west, he now resides in Southern California. He is a Viet-Nam vet in his mid-60’s, married to a wonderful gal who is also his best friend and text editor. A film buff with an extensive library, it was his passion for film as a young teen that was his vehicle to escape and expand his own creative mind and become a storyteller.

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