C-23 (1998) #7 Review

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Plenty of time, my sweet. Plenty of time.

C-23 #7 (1988): Comic 3 out of 10: Cover 4 out of 10: For a review of the overall C-23 series and issue #3, please click on this link first. We are all caught up? Good. The Bad guy is even more bad going full genocide with a scheme that is both pedestrian and silly. (You get a bomb and you get a bomb and you get a bomb.)

Meanwhile, our good guy, secret insect prince Corbin, is in line to become king as soon as he kills and eats his siblings (I am guessing. It is an insect society after all.)

The Good

The Good: A short story at the end of the comic involving a hook-up encounter between a married insect woman and a human stranger. Leagues better than the story the actual comic is about. Don’t get me wrong, it is more a PG Penthouse Letter than Pride & Prejudice. Still, it highlights the dearth of both world-building and character development in C-23.

The Bad

The Bad: Wow a Planet of the Apes twist? Really comic? (For modern readers, think Horizon Zero Dawn). And honestly, that is not even the worst or hoariest trope dragged out in this thin issue. No, the brothers fighting to death for the ascension of the throne while their queen mother is dying takes the crown. (Pun unintended). Think Black Panther movie stupid with our “hero” Corbin, the Killmonger of this particular story.

In Conclusion

In Conclusion: The short story at the end C-23 #7 almost makes me want to recommend picking this up. In reality, as entertaining as the story is and as curious as I am about the stories include in the issues I have not read, I just can’t in good faith recommended it. It would be like recommending Skyrim just on the basis of the books you can read in the game. And as good as the insect/human flea market hook-up is, it is not The Lusty Argonian Maid.

The Lusty Argonian Maid Vol 1

The Lusty Argonian Maid
Volume 1

By:
Crassius Curio

Act IV, Scene III, continued

Lifts-Her-Tail
Certainly not, kind sir! I am here but to clean your chambers.

Crantius Colto
Is that all you have come here for, little one? My chambers?

Lifts-Her-Tail
I have no idea what it is you imply, master. I am but a poor Argonian maid.

Crantius Colto
So you are, my dumpling. And a good one at that. Such strong legs and shapely tail.

Lifts-Her-Tail
You embarrass me, sir!

Crantius Colto
Fear not. You are safe here with me.

Lifts-Her-Tail
I must finish my cleaning, sir. The mistress will have my head if I do not!

Crantius Colto
Cleaning, eh? I have something for you. Here, polish my spear.

Lifts-Her-Tail
But it is huge! It could take me all night!

Crantius Colto
Plenty of time, my sweet. Plenty of time.

END OF ACT IV, SCENE III

The Lusty Argonian Maid Vol 2

The Lusty Argonian Maid

Volume 2

By:
Crassius Curio

ACT VII, SCENE II, CONTINUED

Lifts-Her-Tail
My goodness, that’s quite a loaf! But however shall it fit my oven?

Crantius Colto
This loaf isn’t ready for baking, my sweet. It has yet to rise.

Lifts-Her-Tail
If only we could hurry that along. How would I accomplish such a task?

Crantius Colto
Oh, my foolish little Argonian maid, you must use your hands.

Lifts-Her-Tail
You wish me to kneed the loaf? Here?

Crantius Colto
Of course.

Lifts-Her-Tail
But what if the mistress catches me? Your loaf was meant to satisfy her appetite.

Crantius Colto
Don’t fret, my delicate flower. I’ll satisfy the mistress’ cravings later.

Lifts-Her-Tail
Very well, but I’m afraid my oven isn’t hot enough. It could take hours!

Crantius Colto
Plenty of time, my sweet. Plenty of time.

END OF ACT VII, SCENE II

I am not sure why the Queen is on the cover and why she is rendered so dark with such a weird facial expression. As if she is having a bad time on a different type of throne. Really weird facial expressions seemed to be a cover theme for C-23.
This is a top quality story and a much better plot than the silliness going on in the comic.
Honestly, it is borderline C-23 romance novel (erotica)
Credit where credit is due. Both the “In Case you’re just joining us” synopsis and the character sheet are things that more comics really should have. As I have stated previously, there are some good quality of life appendices included in every issue of C-23. It is a shame the actual comic part is so disappointing.
Not to call out anyone. But these panels look like they were done on a Friday afternoon.
You know “are we the baddies” might be an appropriate question to ask when your leader is a green glowing skull.
Nothing ruins your post apocalypse faster than the Twin Towers still standing. Comics are not the only medium to suffer from this, of course. Cinema is filled with examples with A.I. — Artificial Intelligence, released in June 2001, probably the last theatrical version of this trope.
And the Tropes keep coming hard and heavy. Here two brothers fight over who is to be prince. Different fathers I am assuming?
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