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Monday, July 09, 2007
I Was Raised By Wolves
Young Romance #196 teaches all of us some valuable lessons. The chief lesson is that romance comics are way fucking creepy.
Pity poor Debbie...she's forced to bear witness to the most melodramatic divorce this side of a Lifetime movie. Although I do believe that this is the first time I've ever seen a family separate for the sake of the children's reputation.
Fortunately, Debbie's mom has an empty void in her life and an inability to function without thinking of herself as a man's property, so she's right back in the dating scene.
"Such a charming man...why, he even compliments my teenage daughter on how attractive she is. And he's always picking out these fancy clothes for her, wanting to spend time alone with her. What a perfect step-dad!"
Fortunately, before this becomes a "very special" episode of Degrassi, Debbie goes out with her pseudo-hippie boyfriend and discovers what her step-dad gets up to when Mom isn't around, and the marriage is thankfully K.O.-ed.
Of course, Mom's not complete without a man, so...
At least she appears to be marrying into money this time, and not into the Marina.
Is the creepiness over?
First rule of Fight Club: do NOT flirt with your step-brother. Wait, that's not right...
Okay, the kid is probably right, but it can't get any creepier, right?
"It's right for us," in addition to being one of the all-time lamest come on lines, right up there with "Just touch it", only becomes even more disturbing in the context of being spoken to your step-sister. Remember kids, implied incest is WRONG!
Anyway, Debbie briefly comes to her senses and takes up with her boyfriend not related to her by marriage.
"How dare you make out with some stranger boy when you've got a perfectly good step-brother at home, young lady!"
It's at this point that Debbie's step-brother proposes they run off together, but Debbie tells him "no glove, no love." No, wait, that's not right. She refuses to go with him unless they get married. I'm not sure in what state their love is legal, but there you go. So she runs back to Bill, only he wants nothing to do with her because her mom yelled at him. Bill, you're an idiot.
Luckily the story ends on this hopeful and not at all creep-tastic note.
So, remember back at the beginning, when Debbie asked us to judge her?