Steven Universe Comic #2 (2017) – Outline & Review

love-takes-work:

The Steven Universe franchise’s ongoing series smashed boundaries with #2. This second issue of 2017 focuses on Stevonnie going to a
dance with Kiki!

This issue was easily the best I’ve read in the comics. The paper issue I own has the cover by Missy Peña!

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Plot:

Steven and Connie are dismayed to find that the movie they want to see
is PG-13, so they can’t get in without an adult.

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They attempt to get
around the rules by fusing into Stevonnie, but are still unable to
produce appropriate ID.

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So they leave disappointed and end up running
into Kiki, who’s supposed to be shopping for prom dresses. Stevonnie
gets very caught up in the enthusiasm of trying on outfits.

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They end
up getting invited to be Kiki’s date to the dance.

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Steven and Connie
are excited about planning the event, but when Stevonnie and Kiki end up
in situations that feel pretty heavily coded romantic, they start to
panic a little, unsure of their role and how they feel about being with
Kiki.

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Especially considering she doesn’t appear to know they are two
younger children fused together. 

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Steven and Connie must talk out the
best solution to be kind to Kiki while also not betraying their own
interests, and Stevonnie is able to find a solution everyone likes.

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Notable bits for fans:

1. The movie the kids see is Unfamiliar Familiar,
and you can definitely see how upset Connie is that they’ve destroyed
one of her favorite franchises by shoehorning the romance in right from
the beginning.

2. The movie clerk is still Jane.

3. Stevonnie does not know how old they are.

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4.
It’s canon now that Stevonnie is really excited about clothes. (And
they are happy to try on dresses, suits, and any kind of clothing that’s
around.)

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Later, when they go on a date, Kiki and Stevonnie are both
wearing corsages, and Stevonnie’s clothes are a sort of skirt-suit
mixture.

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(When they unfuse, Steven is wearing the dress and Connie is
wearing the suit.)

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This is also the first time Stevonnie has worn shoes
in canon material.

5. Despite that Stevonnie’s gender is a bit
indeterminate, they seem to be fine going into dressing rooms and
bathrooms that are mysteriously not marked for any gender. It’s possible
these spaces aren’t gendered in the SU world, even though clothing
options seem pretty traditional. Stevonnie is shown in the same changing
room with Kiki while they’re trying on outfits, and later Steven and
Connie are hiding in the same restroom.

6. Kiki blushes subtly on
several occasions while interacting with Stevonnie, suggesting that she
is susceptible to Stevonnie’s charisma. They really seem to charm
everyone.

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7. After researching dances by watching teen movies,
Steven and Connie are prepared for the dance, but Connie says she’s not
allowed to be out after dark without a chaperone and they employ Pearl
to provide this service. Pearl also wears her tux, which is implied to
be the one she acquired in the episode “Mr. Greg.”

8. When
Stevonnie and Kiki have a snack at the Big Donut before the dance (with
Pearl), Lars and Sadie are seen pressing their faces against the window
entranced by what’s going on.

9. While introducing Stevonnie to
her friends, Kiki specifically uses the “they” pronoun. They’re really
knocking it out of the park with the appropriate pronouns in this comic
series.

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10. Steven and Connie’s discussion of how to go forward
in their lives when they’re fused is really fascinating–and has many
parallels to people who live with unusual variations, including queer
genders and orientations. Connie’s “Do we have to start telling everyone
right from the beginning?!” comment is particularly relevant.

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It’s
impractical to blurt it in an introduction that you’re secretly two kids
fused together, but it’s also difficult to get to know someone as an
individual without disclosing something so important. When’s the right
time to tell people? So many people will relate to this.

And they’re
pretty worried about what Kiki will think of them, but Connie makes a
good point about how THEIR feelings about the situation are relevant
too.

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Their conclusion that Stevonnie and Kiki should be friends, not
seeing each other in a romantic context, was pretty satisfying.

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This
is again another casually queer comic with very accurate presentation
of the characters acting like they do in the show. Recommended for fans
of the show, as always.
       

[SU Book and Comic Reviews]