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Rigo is a young woman of her time: specifically, the time just after the collapse of Earth. After living her whole life on a small space station orbiting the planet, the cultural norms and rules of her Californian parents are just history to her. In between work shifts at the station air farm, Rigo explores her own desires, developing openly polyamorous relationships with Rigo is a young woman of her time: specifically, the time just after the collapse of Earth. After living her whole life on a small space station orbiting the planet, the cultural norms and rules of her Californian parents are just history to her. In between work shifts at the station air farm, Rigo explores her own desires, developing openly polyamorous relationships with her friends and crewmates. When she starts to feel one of those relationships change, however, Rigo must balance her new feelings with the stability of her other relationships, as well as the hard-earned camaraderie of a small crew floating in the vastness of space. But, as the ship motto goes, "Honesty keeps us alive." A heartfelt, positive, and erotic look at one woman's adventure in love and sex, as a new generation learns to make their own rules and follow their own hearts


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Rigo is a young woman of her time: specifically, the time just after the collapse of Earth. After living her whole life on a small space station orbiting the planet, the cultural norms and rules of her Californian parents are just history to her. In between work shifts at the station air farm, Rigo explores her own desires, developing openly polyamorous relationships with Rigo is a young woman of her time: specifically, the time just after the collapse of Earth. After living her whole life on a small space station orbiting the planet, the cultural norms and rules of her Californian parents are just history to her. In between work shifts at the station air farm, Rigo explores her own desires, developing openly polyamorous relationships with her friends and crewmates. When she starts to feel one of those relationships change, however, Rigo must balance her new feelings with the stability of her other relationships, as well as the hard-earned camaraderie of a small crew floating in the vastness of space. But, as the ship motto goes, "Honesty keeps us alive." A heartfelt, positive, and erotic look at one woman's adventure in love and sex, as a new generation learns to make their own rules and follow their own hearts

30 review for Open Earth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Explicitly sexy graphic novel set in space featuring polyamory. ME GUSTA. Read this at the airport and had to cleverly hide the pages from the people sitting around me lmao

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julia Sapphire

    This was such an easy and fun read! We follow Rigo and her adventures with sex, love and relationships. This does take place in space so I hope the future volumes have more of a sci-fi feel to them as opposed to this volume.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie Zantopoulos

    A queer polyamory space based graphic novel with sex positivity, a focus on open communication, and being true to yourself for the win! I got this arc at BookCon and really enjoyed it. I hope that it’s well received and there are more in this series. I really enjoyed the art style, the Spanglish (the language of the future) used, the diversity, the plus girl rep, and overall tone of this graphic novel. Definitely a winner!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A sexually explicit version of "The 100" before they left the spaceship for Earth. Focuses on a future where isolated 20-year-olds born in space have a different outlook on sex where it's open and meaningless between multiple partners. It looks like the author writes solely on this topic, so this may be hiding an agenda. Received an advance copy from Oni Press and Netgalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gbraden

    Today's graphic Novels are not your parent's comic book, like the ones I collected in the 60s and 70s. To be truthful, I am not sure what to think about Open Earth. Kind of 'Brave New Worldish', where one is hooking up with whom they want, marriage is discourage. At least there are babies and the need for birth control. Good story line.. The graphics were nice, not too cluttered up with word balloons, flowing nicely as the story unfolds. I love the idea of the muff diving in the anti-gravity room, Today's graphic Novels are not your parent's comic book, like the ones I collected in the 60s and 70s. To be truthful, I am not sure what to think about Open Earth. Kind of 'Brave New Worldish', where one is hooking up with whom they want, marriage is discourage. At least there are babies and the need for birth control. Good story line.. The graphics were nice, not too cluttered up with word balloons, flowing nicely as the story unfolds. I love the idea of the muff diving in the anti-gravity room, seems like an ideal place for it. The scene with the parents at the end was a nice touch. No criticism, constructive or otherwise. This just isn't my cup of tea

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    How do you express love, like real I wanna be with you forever love, when you live in a world unhampered by hangups about gender or sex or monogamy or body image issues? When sex is just something that feels amazing that you do with your friends and the idea of being with just one person is something antiquated that "old" people do how do you express that unique, singular feeling of caring more for someone? This amazing, sexy, joyful graphic novel written by Sarah Mirk and illustrated by Eve Cabr How do you express love, like real I wanna be with you forever love, when you live in a world unhampered by hangups about gender or sex or monogamy or body image issues? When sex is just something that feels amazing that you do with your friends and the idea of being with just one person is something antiquated that "old" people do how do you express that unique, singular feeling of caring more for someone? This amazing, sexy, joyful graphic novel written by Sarah Mirk and illustrated by Eve Cabrera and Claudia Aguirre is one I have been waiting ages for. It tells the stories of a group of twenty something who live on a space station orbiting earth. They are the first generation born in space. Their parents left a dying planet under the guise of completing scientific studies that might save Earth but fully intending never to return. Rigo, the voluptuous and effervescent heroine of this first volume, lives with her parents who she regards as hopelessly old fashioned with their heteronormative monogamous relationship of twenty plus years. But, despite loving and sexual relationships with a number of different first gen's she's struggling with a stronger pull toward her friend Carver who's got an opening in his bunk now that his sister has moved in with the man she's having a child with. She questions whether its even okay to want something deeper with just one person and what it will do to her other relationships. I really, really loved this and I can't wait to see where its going. You know I am not a fan of preachy anything but "Open Earth" really creates a world where the way Rigo and her friends see relationships just makes sense. These are kids who have grown up entirely without societal constraints or any rules at all about what love looks like or how it should be expressed. There have been no movies or music or books to promote specific roles for men or women so if someone is non-binary it doesn't even have a label its just who they are. They don't need to have these big discussions about acceptance because acceptance is just the norm. It's kind of an old gimmick to take the whole "what if everything around you was telling you that being heterosexual, cis gendered, and monogamous was crazy and wrong and too different" but it really, really works here. Rigo's struggles are genuine. She's this gorgeous, super curvy girl who's never once thought of herself as fat though she would be by any earth standard and thinks nothing of having sex with two different people in one day just to pass the time and because it feels good. She revels in her body, displaying it with pride in short shirts and tight shorts. But the thought of admitting to Carver that she wants to move in with him turns her into a wilting flower, hugging herself insecurely with downcast eyes unable to articulate why she's scared. Mirk's dialogue is terrific. The space stations inhabitants have developed a sort of hybrid Spanish and English language that sounds lovely and the characters never get too cutesy or superior sounding, you never feel like they think they're better than people on earth. They still struggle with insecurity and self doubt its just over different things. You get just enough of the world of the space station to ground things in a believable reality, I'm certainly curious what the long term plans are here. While Rigo is concerned about her love life, her parents are worried about how long they can sustain themselves on their own. But the balance between sci fi realism and romance works. Cabrera and Aguirre have drawn Rigo and her friends in lovely, warm colors that make everyone look like someone you just want to cuddle with. They take a lot of trouble to establish their efforts to bring warmth to the sterile environment of the space station, little bits of colorful plant life or a pretty quilt thrown on a bunk really pop in the midst of a tidal wave of gray. There's a great balance between the softness and wonderful, physical differences of the characters and the angular, uniformity of the world they're in. Examining what personal relationships would become in an environment like this has certainly been done before but I can't say I've seen it handled in a more loving, really beautiful way. Wonderful, innocent and sincere this is a wonderful meditation on the meaning of love in a post monogamy, post gender world and a story that I very much look forward to reading more of.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. Oh Good Grief. I want to go back to the past and tell myself NOT TO FREAKING get this book. If I had known, if only I had known. URghhhh. So I liked the idea of the book, the cover looked cute, and oh, yes, I didn't see the Erotica genre, otherwise I would most definitely skipped this one. Though OK, maybe I would have tried it, sure, I confess. But if I had known it was sex in this way? No fucking thank you. What my problem was w I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. Oh Good Grief. I want to go back to the past and tell myself NOT TO FREAKING get this book. If I had known, if only I had known. URghhhh. So I liked the idea of the book, the cover looked cute, and oh, yes, I didn't see the Erotica genre, otherwise I would most definitely skipped this one. Though OK, maybe I would have tried it, sure, I confess. But if I had known it was sex in this way? No fucking thank you. What my problem was with this book? The fact everyone fucks everyone. Really, everyone, fucks, everyone. At one point our MC and one of her boys had a rendezvous in a closet (yes, while they were at work), and apparently after hot and steamy sex decided to chill a bit, they got discovered by one of their friends, who didn't even blink his eye at what he saw before him. Oh no, he was just calling them cute, and then proceeds to say some sexy things to his boy, yes the same one that the girl just had sex with. Ummmmmmm. What the hell? Like really, what the hell? Oh, and during that conversation the boy mentioned that his depto was having room, and so even when she was having sex with another guy (yes, again, and this time with zero gravity because that is such a turn on????????????????) she is thinking about that guy, and then proceeds to run into her friends room, who is having sex with a girl who doesn't care that people just barge in. Like what the actual hell is wrong with these kids. I am all for exploring and being happy with sex, but this is just an orgy, just not in one go. Eww. Just eww. No. Just no. How can you even be casual friends if you all have sex with each other. I am not sure about you, but if I had sex with all my friends I would feel very very awkward about it. Plus maybe a bit jealous that my boy #1 has sex with a best friend of mine. Or boy #2, or girl #4. Well you get the idea. Plus I am kind of confused how there are people who are (slightly) chubby. NO, don't take that the wrong way. Really, don't! But it is just with the food they eat, or actually the engineered stuff they eat, and how well controlled that is in portions, how do you get fat? Plus they all work hard, and with all the sex (and that burns a fair share of calories) I am just so confused. Really, I am. What is in that engineered stuff? Or do they have snacks and other things that they eat, though I didn't see those anywhere. I did like the whole backstory why the characters are now in space. Oh boy, that is quite sad. I hope that one day they will be able to go back to Earth. Maybe it is much healthier now, maybe people are still alive. The art is also one of my favourites, and the sex scenes are done pretty classy and nice. But I wouldn't recommend this book at all. No. Just no. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  8. 5 out of 5

    ❈ laura ❈

    ✰✰✰ In this graphic novel we follow Rigo, a latinx girl in a polyamory relationship living in a spaceship, that wants to move with one her partners but she's worried it's going to affect to the rest of her relationships. I liked this volume, it was a easy and fun read that I would recommend between more complex books (but if you don't like explicit sex scenes stay away from it), and it has body a sex positivity, a diverse cast, and the art was fine (nothing mindblowing but not hard to appreciate ✰✰✰ In this graphic novel we follow Rigo, a latinx girl in a polyamory relationship living in a spaceship, that wants to move with one her partners but she's worried it's going to affect to the rest of her relationships. I liked this volume, it was a easy and fun read that I would recommend between more complex books (but if you don't like explicit sex scenes stay away from it), and it has body a sex positivity, a diverse cast, and the art was fine (nothing mindblowing but not hard to appreciate or get into), but I didn't 100% work for me overall. First, it was so strange for me to see how different point of views have one single generation, these changes happens over years and years. Second, this was a very character driven graphic novel with barely no plot, but I can say a lot from this characters, we know what they work on, maybe some personal attribute if we're lucky, but nothing more, and it frustrated me in a character driven read, more even with a interesting world and politics behind this story, so this had me thinking well if we're not going to get a lot of this characters give more of this world but we didn't get it. I hope this is fixed in future volumes if we get them. Like I say, I would recommend this only if you want something quickly to read and distract your mind but you aren't going to get much more of this one. ARC provided by Oni Press in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley The background info for this story is basically that a group of scientists left earth to live in space because of vague climate change stuff and this follows their children who, as the first generation born in space, have much more open ideas of sex and relationships. It actually makes sense in a way that they would feel this way based on their new living situation, but I wish the story had gone a bit more in detail with that aspect of the plot i I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley The background info for this story is basically that a group of scientists left earth to live in space because of vague climate change stuff and this follows their children who, as the first generation born in space, have much more open ideas of sex and relationships. It actually makes sense in a way that they would feel this way based on their new living situation, but I wish the story had gone a bit more in detail with that aspect of the plot instead of just focusing so much on the sex. Yeah, there is a TON of sex in this so it's definitely not for kids. It was a fun read and I didn't mind the sex by any means [it was actually really great to see some cute chubby ladies with realistically drawn bodies get some lovin'], but I feel like the story should have either focused on the societal and behavioral changes of the characters compared to their parents OR just been a straight up erotica graphic novel where people bang in space because reasons. It tried to both in a very limited number of pages and as a result both things just felt kind of half-finished. Also just an observation that while everyone in this story does seem to be bi/pan/poly, all the sex scenes are M/F so if that is going to bother you then you might want to skip this. I'm still not really sure how I feel about the whole thing in general, but I will say it's a bit weird to present a book as being lgbtia and then have several fairly graphic M/F sex scenes and only a few kisses with the same sex couples. [And yes I know it's still lgbtia because 'the b stands for bisexual' but you have to admit it seems a bit shady]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ije the Devourer of Books

    I thought the art work and colouring were lovely and I really enjoyed the idea of a group of scientists who are making a new life for themselves in space. Twenty years ago a group of scientists left Earth, never to return. They no longer know what has happened on Earth but they have established a new community in space and they no longer wish to be bound by traditional societal expectations or customs. The first generation of people who were born on the spaceship are now young adults and they do I thought the art work and colouring were lovely and I really enjoyed the idea of a group of scientists who are making a new life for themselves in space. Twenty years ago a group of scientists left Earth, never to return. They no longer know what has happened on Earth but they have established a new community in space and they no longer wish to be bound by traditional societal expectations or customs. The first generation of people who were born on the spaceship are now young adults and they do not want to be bound by the forms of sexual relationships and expectations of Earth, instead they want to negotiate their own intimate lives. Rigo is one of these young adults and she has open relationships with a couple of people on the ship. Her parents have what she sees as a traditional relationship but Rigo is trying to work out what she wants for herself. That's basically what the story is about - working out a relationship/relationships and deciding what you want and then negotiating this with others. In space there is freedom to try new things and the community is much more open and accepting. I enjoyed the art, but I can't say I was really interested in Rigo's love life or sexual activity. There are sex scenes in the novel so it isn't for children. I enjoyed the ethnic diversity of the characters but I wasnt interested in Rigo's dilemma. What I really wanted to know is what happened to the people left on planet Earth? Copy provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Renata

    oh I read this awhile ago and forgot to review it on GoodReads! Anyway it's super fun and I'd recommend if you're looking for some sexy sci-fi adventures. I especially like that it engages with climate change (and how we're p fucked...figuratively but also literally, bc this is sexy!) but is ultimately hopeful and inclusive.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is really outside the box when breaking cultural norms, which I appreciated. Loved the body positive aspect. Felt a little confused by parts. It gave me lots to ponder. Oh and Spanglish as an official language was pretty awesome.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lauren James

    A really interesting look at a future human society of a type that isn't often seen in sci fi. I found this very refreshing and thought-provoking, though I'm not entirely sure I agree with the points it raises.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    This was an interesting read. Young adults, trying to find their place in society. A story of all ages, all generations...

  15. 4 out of 5

    laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    Rigs is a child of the first generation of scientists who fled Earth after its collapse. As the space station prepares to celebrate the 20th anniversary of leaving Earth, Rigs talks over a more personal problem: possibly sharing living quarters with Franklin without becoming exclusive. I loved the body positivity, latinx rep, PC rep, sex positivity and the emphasis on open communication and consenting relationships. Bonus for polyamorous relationship rep too! I didn't like that Rigs was pretty one Rigs is a child of the first generation of scientists who fled Earth after its collapse. As the space station prepares to celebrate the 20th anniversary of leaving Earth, Rigs talks over a more personal problem: possibly sharing living quarters with Franklin without becoming exclusive. I loved the body positivity, latinx rep, PC rep, sex positivity and the emphasis on open communication and consenting relationships. Bonus for polyamorous relationship rep too! I didn't like that Rigs was pretty one-dimensional and that this fascinating world was so under-developed. It could have explored more about Earth's collapse and the station's future and how the survivors adapted to sharing such a tight living space and future prospects for biodiversity (and also a little bit about the privilege of surviving when everyone else possible died), but instead it focused on: boring Rigs and Rigs talking over her feelings while having NSFW sex all over the place. I also wanted to know why Franklin was Rigs' possible super-special, when their relationship felt less important than the other relationships that she had on the station. TL;DR: wanted more than I got. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becky Boudreau

    Actual rating 3.75/5. **I received an advance copy of this graphic novel from NetGalley and Oni Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.** More reviews like this one can be found on my blog -- Review After hearing Chelsea and Julie talk about this one, I was super eager to get my hands on this one! Upon reading it, I actually really enjoyed it, but I didn’t absolutely fall in love with it. This graphic novel takes place in the near-future, where the US goes to complete hell Actual rating 3.75/5. **I received an advance copy of this graphic novel from NetGalley and Oni Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.** More reviews like this one can be found on my blog -- Review After hearing Chelsea and Julie talk about this one, I was super eager to get my hands on this one! Upon reading it, I actually really enjoyed it, but I didn’t absolutely fall in love with it. This graphic novel takes place in the near-future, where the US goes to complete hell and those who live in a succeeded California are able to escape to space. We then follow our MC, Rigo, who is in open polyamorous relationships with some of the fellow crew members. What drew me to this graphic novel was definitely the polyamorous relationships. I don’t think we see enough poly rep, especially positive poly rep. I really love the way the poly relationships were handled, including the communication, worries, and changing preferences. I also love that this graphic novel had a plus-sized main character that was confident in her sexuality. While Rigo does begin to question things about her relationships, she never loses her confidence. Oh, and I really enjoy that comments about the MC’s body never really come up, unless it’s during a sexy time scene and it’s part of the sexy time. One thing I wasn’t expecting, but I really enjoyed was the use of Spanish in this graphic novel. As mentioned above, California succeeded from the US and they declared Spanish their official language. Because of this, the characters sometimes go into Spanish when talking to each other. My knowledge of Spanish is pretty limited, I took Spanish 1 and 2 in high school…and that’s about it. That being said, I was able to figure out most of the Spanish comments through context clues or through my limited knowledge. It was also nice to see a Latina MC with a solid relationship with her parents. It felt so wholesome and sweet. There was one scene with the parents that had me actually laugh out loud. If you read the graphic novel, you’ll know what scene. But it’s a bit of a visual gag and I loved it. Now, with all that good, I did want to address what lowered my rating. I know this is a graphic novel and there are (most likely) going to be more volumes to build on the plot. That being said, the plot for this one was cute but not as climatic as I was hoping it would be. I am curious to see where this series goes, but I did want a bit more from the first volume. Final Thoughts This is a great read for those of you that like more contemporary graphic novels (yes it’s technically sci-fi and it’s in space, but plot-wise, it’s pretty contemporary). I loved how the polyamorous relationships were handled, how the family dynamic was addressed, and how confident our MC is. However, I did want a bit more from the plot. Though, I’m curious to see how this series continues. I do still recommend this one though! Contemporaryathon round 3 is happening in September and depending on the challenges, this may be a great pick! Oh and if you don’t mind some sexy time, those scenes were pretty fun too.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    3.5 Stars This is a cute graphic novel which offers a positive future where polyamory relationships are accepted and, even, celebrated. Admittedly, I didn't completely connect to part of the narrative, but I still appreciated the diverse representation existed for other readers. I felt the plot itself was quite hollow and would have liked to see more space and technology included in this futuristic tale. I loved the inclusion of gender fluid characters and body positive acceptance, but I unfortu 3.5 Stars This is a cute graphic novel which offers a positive future where polyamory relationships are accepted and, even, celebrated. Admittedly, I didn't completely connect to part of the narrative, but I still appreciated the diverse representation existed for other readers. I felt the plot itself was quite hollow and would have liked to see more space and technology included in this futuristic tale. I loved the inclusion of gender fluid characters and body positive acceptance, but I unfortunately I felt the story itself was lacking.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Kinda simple, but it's great to read a really positive poly story!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    As much as I'd like to see more polyamorous representation in books and media, this isn't the way to do it. There is nothing outwardly problematic about this. It's just dull. The main character has no qualities, skills, or interests other than the boy she loves for reasons not made clear. She is worried he will not want to be her new roommate, and her friends are worried she won't want to have sex with all of them if she falls in love with him only. There is some labored "how can our parents be m As much as I'd like to see more polyamorous representation in books and media, this isn't the way to do it. There is nothing outwardly problematic about this. It's just dull. The main character has no qualities, skills, or interests other than the boy she loves for reasons not made clear. She is worried he will not want to be her new roommate, and her friends are worried she won't want to have sex with all of them if she falls in love with him only. There is some labored "how can our parents be monogamous"/"adults are so out of touch" narrative as well, and then everything is fine in the end. The dynamic among the central social group is portrayed as though anyone will sleep with anyone and sexual openness abounds in this unlikely sci-fi setting where fewer than 20 years have passed since humans left earth, yet earthling ways are "oh so bizarre". The art is in the competent to middling range, but drawn in an appealing style. Character faces tend to morph, though, and the eyes go wonky now and then. So it's too shallow to be a worthwhile exploration of a polyamorous group, yet not funny or sweet enough to be an entertaining fluff piece.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I really enjoyed this, and it’s has spurred me on to try other graphic novels. It was hot and steamy and very body positive. It also explores the idea of open vs. closed relationships, which I thought was interesting. I also like that birth control was a part of the discussion, excuse you can’t have an open “society” without taking the necessary precautions. From Carrie “committed yet curious”! Yep that sums it up.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bernadett

    i got my copy from netgalley the concept and the execution was excellent. we do need to pry into taboos like polygamy and this comic dwell into it rather well. there were few kink-shaming in it and a lot of +18 content. while important and informal it was it didnt go into detail for more topics that should have been discussed. the comic didnt go too deep into politics religion and how food is being processed in space, it only focused on morals and what is considered good or bad behavior. in my op i got my copy from netgalley the concept and the execution was excellent. we do need to pry into taboos like polygamy and this comic dwell into it rather well. there were few kink-shaming in it and a lot of +18 content. while important and informal it was it didnt go into detail for more topics that should have been discussed. the comic didnt go too deep into politics religion and how food is being processed in space, it only focused on morals and what is considered good or bad behavior. in my opinion it could have been something really special and drawn out instead the sexuality and its loose ends were rushed into one volume. the comic is most likely targeted towards the 18-25 years old audience because i feel like those would be the age group that discusses the very same topic. it could have had a more diverse cast and it could have had more cultural references but as a european reader i didnt get the Spanish? langugages or italian ? it kind of really pisses me off that every single piece of comic/ literature i consumed lately features USA as the main focus or the american people as survivors of the apocalypse. come on people you know there is 7 continents. you know what are the odds for someone to live in AUSTRALIA or god FORBIT RUSSIA? AFRICA did you know its not a country? or what about the poles? there are people who live there too you know they called Eskimo like your freezed goods you buy in the grocery store. you know peas and corn and all goodies. I just love when an attempt of diversity fails to actually bring forward diversity. as a plus size person im disgusted in the representation. why the hell not? get a plus size girl as a main character with slim and athletic build lovers? oh please... why not have the "pretty" girl have a chubby hairy balding boyfriend? talk about double standards... and if those people up there eat rations of artificial food... did that chubby girl sell blowjobs (those seem to be popular) for extra muesli bars? and the cherry on top. either that girl whips her hair from one side to the other or the artist just doesnt understand the concept of ANGLE.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    What did one reviewer say about this book? Banging in space? There is a slight plot here, in that scientists have gone up to a space station to live for the rest of their lives, have children, and survive because something has happened on Earth. Something disastrous. The children are all free-wheeling, making love all over the place with whomever they want, and don't have any idea why their parents are still only sleeping with each other, as per this discussion of the adult children below. But, be What did one reviewer say about this book? Banging in space? There is a slight plot here, in that scientists have gone up to a space station to live for the rest of their lives, have children, and survive because something has happened on Earth. Something disastrous. The children are all free-wheeling, making love all over the place with whomever they want, and don't have any idea why their parents are still only sleeping with each other, as per this discussion of the adult children below. But, beyond the story of the world below them having troubles, most of the book is of the 20-somethings having sex. Below is the PG version of one of the men that  Rigo likes about to get dinner at the "y" in zero gravity. I presume the next volume will get more into the plot, with a little less boinking, not that there is anything wrong with zwaftig, latina women getting it on with all and sundry. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Polyamory - in space! It's only a little over 100 pages long, and another 40 or 60 might have given room for a bit more depth - we see that the Earthborn parents consider it all a bit odd and think one at a time is easier, but is the shift an explicit rejection of the possessive attitudes which messed up the planet? A response to the conditions of station life? There are hints of both, but more exploration would have been more satisfactory. As is, it's a sweet and simple little story - protagoni Polyamory - in space! It's only a little over 100 pages long, and another 40 or 60 might have given room for a bit more depth - we see that the Earthborn parents consider it all a bit odd and think one at a time is easier, but is the shift an explicit rejection of the possessive attitudes which messed up the planet? A response to the conditions of station life? There are hints of both, but more exploration would have been more satisfactory. As is, it's a sweet and simple little story - protagonist wants to move in with one of her lovers but doesn't want to impose on everyone else, communication is important, yay, the end. I mean, I love that Oni are making a niche as purveyors of off-centre romance comics, but it's no My Boyfriend Is A Bear (and now I've thought of the poor bears down on Earth and am sad). Couple of annoying glitches in the art which an editor should have caught - like one panel where a sleeve/skin line is in the same place as a background line, for which I've forgotten the technical term but I know you don't do it. And a BDSM scene where the sun has clearly taken at least one blow between arse and ribcage, for which the technical term is 'bloody dangerous' and I know you don't do it. (Netgalley ARC)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Love in Panels was excited to announce this title back in February (www.loveinpanels.com/comics/open-eart...), so you can imagine how thrilled I was to see it on NetGalley for early review. I have a lot to say about it, so if you don't feel like reading on - here's the TL;DR - I adored OPEN EARTH. The book focuses on Rigo, a young Latina woman born on the California space station, and her relationships with several other "First Generation" people on the ship. The plot is given a kick when one of Love in Panels was excited to announce this title back in February (www.loveinpanels.com/comics/open-eart...), so you can imagine how thrilled I was to see it on NetGalley for early review. I have a lot to say about it, so if you don't feel like reading on - here's the TL;DR - I adored OPEN EARTH. The book focuses on Rigo, a young Latina woman born on the California space station, and her relationships with several other "First Generation" people on the ship. The plot is given a kick when one of her partners, Carver, has an opening in his room. Space on the station is at a premium, and more than one of Carver's partners wants to move in. I'm using the word "partner" here to mean sexual partner, but it soon becomes apparent that the First Generation to be born in space uses it to mean a more committed relationship among a polyamorous and largely open group of friends. One of the aphorisms built into California protocol is "Honesty Keeps Us Alive," and that's mentioned a few times, as Rigo struggles with her feelings vs. her expectations of herself. She may have grown up in space, but she's dealing with the same things most of us here on Earth think about. It's a given that she and Carver will continue to have sexual relationships and close friendships and romantic relationships with others, but within that context, what does it mean to commit to someone? Their other partners express concern that Rigo and Carver will couple up and exclude everyone else, which is a reasonable thing to worry about. (Also a valid life choice, as shown by a few other couples on the ship.) It's not how Rigo and Carver want to do things, however, and the way they come to finally talk through everything is both realistic and romantic. Moving on from the plot! A few things put this book into my "READ IT NOW" list. Let's talk about them, shall we? First - the sex. The book is 107 pages, but there are at least 4 sexual encounters depicted on page. They appeared to be heterosexual in nature, but I have no reason to think any of the characters identify as heterosexual and it's on page that Franklin (nonbinary) and Carver have a relationship, as well as Atwood (femme) and Rigo. There certainly aren't gender-assigned jobs, only pronouns and attraction. The sex is more humorous more often than not, especially a certain scene in a zero-gravity chamber that made me laugh out loud. The creators give enough time to the history of the California space station without bogging down the narrative. We learn that California seceded from the United States and aggressively pursued enviro-tech. We also learn that things went downhill quickly for the rest of Earth as "the oceans rose and the rains stopped." The space station was launched with a few lucky scientists on board before things truly went to hell, but since the station on Earth stopped responding to their transmissions, the folks on the ship don't know what happened. Is everyone dead? We don't know. We do see a view of the Earth from space and it's clearly a very different topography. Rigo has a conversation with her father about maintaining Earth culture and traditions for when they go back, but Rigo says that it sounds like that culture was responsible for the destruction of Earth... It's a very interesting conversation and, given the fact that California opened borders to Mexico after the secession and declared Spanish the national language, it's reminiscent of diaspora discussions. There's a lot of code-switching in the book, with Spanish and English mixed in a seamless way. Not everyone code-switches, however, which again, feels like a conscious choice and a piece of overall characterization. The last thing I want to talk about is how a lot of the cultural changes are subtle but so clearly intentional. Rigo has hairy underarms because um... they're on a spaceship. It makes total sense that they're not shaving, because wouldn't water be at a premium? Who cares about shaving your groin or underarms when resources are scarce? I also appreciated that Rigo is fat, even though everyone on the ship is eating the same carefully developed vegetarian diet. Some bodies are always going to be fat, regardless of diet. It's about time that we populated our sci-fi and post-apocalyptic worlds with all kinds of bodies. Last, to my garden-loving delight, plants are special. There's an incredibly sweet romantic gesture near the end of the book and it's got to do with the giving of a plant and... my heart. It's a succulent, of course, because of low water needs, and it's similar to the plant on the cover of the comic, tying everything together nicely. As I said, I adored this book. I could keep talking about it forever, but probably shouldn't so that you can get your copy and not be completely spoiled. This is what I want to see in the future of romance comics - thoughtful characterization, intricate worldbuilding, cute/hot sex, and characters to cheer for. Find us at www.loveinpanels.com for more romance comic goodness!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Carrington-Fox

    I think it has a great starting point -a sci-fi comic with multicultural cast, mixed languajes, open minded sex and an ecological message. However it seems a little too simple for me. It's well developed but it's too short and the story, too rush. The art is very simple too but I find it colorful and funny. It's a pity since I really think it's a great idea but to me it needs more pages and more development. Nevertheless I praise the creators' work and I think they have a brilliant future.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    3.5 stars! I loved the diversity and portrayal of polyamorous relationships in this graphic novel. However, I felt it was a little lacking in terms of plot and overall development, and I would have liked to see more about life on the space station. Open Earth was still a really fun (and sexy! This is an erotic graphic novel so there’s a lot of sex and nudity) read, and if you’re intrigued by the premise I’d definitely recommend picking it up!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I am fascinated by the backstory in this book, the actual story not so much. It just wasn’t my thing, but I would love a graphic novel that gives more detail on how everyone got to the space station and why it was needed. I enjoyed the artwork, but it was just a bit too much for me tbh. I am a fan of the polyamory though and wish that it was explored more in a greater depth, but it was a change from what I normally read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    *I received an egalley from Netgalley in return for an honest review.* **Graphic Adult Graphic Novel** Interesting look at life in space after we have to abandon Earth about the generation that was born in space and their views on relationships. I found the story of what happened on Earth interesting and hope they will explore it more (I'm assuming there will be a sequel) as well as how the First Generation will shape life in space.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leah Rachel

    A cute, positive story of polyamory and a new generation of earthlings—the first to be raised in space—a diverse group of friends who like to have sex, and one woman who wants to make one of her relationships a little more stable. Simple and cute. Definitely teen/adult content—there are a lot of butts and breasts. I got this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Templeton

    This one definitely caught my attention quickly, but the ideas explored (polyamory, life on a space station, disparity in societal norms) mostly felt surface level in this first issue. The idea of the committed yet curious relationship is a great segway for future issues in the series to further dive into this version of life after earth.

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