Clearly labeled as not for children, Jack Forbes adult, sci-fi fantasy, graphic story, Yiffing the Stars, is about the tragedy of the life and times of its lead character, Lesli Firecracker. Lesli is a young woman whose job it has been to hunt down and kill space monsters. The one day, she looks in the mirror only to realize that she herself has become a truly monstrous person and then (unfortunately for her) follows this thought to its only logical conclusion.
As if the very title of Forbes erotically-illustrated and very compelling adult comic isn’t enough to clue you all into what is occurring her in this tome, let us refer to the Urban Dictionary:
Yiffing: Usually refers to cyber sex between two or more members of the furry fandom. Originally refers to the sound that foxes make when mating. Members of the furry fandom may use the term to refer to actual sexual contact, usually in a lighthearted manner.
So, yeah, this is clearly not a book for kids, but that is okay, as it is a very dark and thoroughly engrossing tale of a conflicted young woman who has come to hate her life even though she seems to be enjoying what she does. Lesli Firecracker clearly has issues. We get that right at the get-go of her tale as she says:
“I am Lesli Firecracker I have two pets I have a boyfriend and I kill monsters for money but sometimes for no reason at all I kill myself.”
Yes, this girl is seriously screwed in the head, and is well on her way for the train wreck we can all see in the near future. When first we see her she is in deep space hunting down and killing monsters. Our next view of her is in a flashback sequence where her boyfriend walks in on her having sex with someone else. And this is the way the rest of the book goes, bouncing us back and forth between the self-destructive acts of her immediate past and equally devastating professional acts of her near future. Lesli Firecracker is a supernova anticipating immolation. When not slaying space creatures she is washing herself in a sea of drugs, alcohol, and depersonalized, anonymous, and demeaning sex. She sees what she is doing and knows it for the self-destructive acts that it is, but can’t stop herself, because she only feels alive when she is bent on destroying her very self.
Forbes’ art is sharp and highly detailed and his story cuts right through all the lies we tell ourselves to get out of bed in the morning. He has crafted a compelling tale of aggressively self-brutalizing behavior that is stark, realistic, and (even though it is about a bipedal woman with a furry tale set in the future of an alternate reality), could have taken place in the here and now and been about any of us. She pushes everyone — especially those she loves the most — away while choosing to spend her time with those who care nothing for her and are only interested in either using her for their own pleasure or in killing her.
If you are looking for a short tale that challenges you, invites self-awareness, and demands to be read, then you would do yourself well to seek out and acquire Jack Forbes very readable and disturbing, Yiffing the Stars, you’ll be glad you did.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.