My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
When Brandon’s father is found dead from a massive heart attack, Brandon is forced to confront his dad’s career drawing Dex Dart—a comic strip that he’s always found awkward and outdated. When Dusty leads him into the world of the comic, however, Brandon discovers there’s more to Dex Dart than he ever realized, and that true love might be waiting for him on the other side of the page.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Cartoon Logic. I’ve enjoyed Speed’s other works and her wonderful sense of humor, which shines through here in this unique little piece about a comic book creator’s son who finds himself literally pulled inside the world of the comic his dad used to draw.
It’s a cheesy overdone concept that the author manages to actually do a lot with in just over five thousand words. I can’t say I’ve ever seen this plot in an M/M romance before, though I felt the romance aspect was an afterthought. I really didn’t feel much chemistry between Dusty and Brandon, who got together too fast for me to really become invested in their relationship. I never felt Dusty had much personality, but I think that was part of the author’s intent.
That said, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy this short story. It made me laugh out loud a few times. Brandon’s obvious discomfort at his dad’s status as a furry is particularly hilarious and the opening lines really grabbed me. Cartoon Logic is definitely a unique work in a genre that sometimes suffers from stale, overdone romance cliches and it’s worth the short read if you’re looking for a bit of humor with your M/M.