“Being that this is my first time reviewing for Tart, I found the title on the cover of First Time entirely appropriate. I never thought I’d find erotic entertainment to be fancy, seductive, thought-provoking and titillating. After years of exposure to hentai (which makes me giggle like a little girl at all the tentacular penises waving about), too many erotic novels, and a brief stint as a DVD porn reviewer, I wondered if I was truly too jaded to review this.
Oh, ever so wrong I was. After caressing the cover (yes, the dust cover is soft and almost velvet-like in the touching), I opened up my new little guilty pleasure. Ever get a box of Godiva chocolates at Valentine’s, in the lovely, red, velvety, heart-shaped box? Yeah, it was totally like that.
So, inside the book? Ten little gems of naughty visual pleasure. The stories range from losing virginity to a first-time affair to the joys of buying a first sex toy. Each one has a story to tell and a small twist. Each one has an emotional context. All of them have beauty and some even show us an ugly side.
All of the art, rendered in black and white, is suited to each story, each line and curve rendered with what looks like loving detail.
On the whole, a very … satisfying read.”
“The art is always interesting. Three out of five Tonys.”
Tony Isabella, Comics Buyers Guide
“The book opens with one of the strongest pieces, “First Time” as drawn by Why I Killed Peter’s Alfred. A woman tells her lover about her very first time she has sex, and the result is touching and sweet. From her plans on bringing the guy over, to how he (and she) reacts afterwards, it’s a heartfelt story with a nice ending moment. Alfred’s art is in fine form here, too; there’s a panel where she’s lying on her current partner’s chest and idly scratches it that just feels very familiar and comfortable, and the panel where her arm and hand holding a wine glass is overlaid six times does a great job of showing nervousness and speed and quantity all at once.
“Fantasy” drawn by Jérôme d’Aviau is certainly the steamiest of the stories here—in fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s the only actual steamy story in the entire book. This helps in part because of d’Aviau’s crisp, clean art; I love how he draws both of the main characters here, in an attractive manner (both physically and also just general art style). For a story about dominance and fantasies playing out, Sibylline hits the pacing just right, slowly amping up the tension and bringing the climax of the story (no, not that kind) at just the right moment.”