Though to outsiders it may seem as if Jennifer Ryan has the perfect life, the stress of trying to balance a demanding career with being present for her husband and two young children is taking its toll. When she ends up connecting with attractive professional Alex when on a corporate night out, she succumbs to temptation – but considers their liaison a one off. Alex, however, has other ideas – setting a chain of events in motion that could be catastrophic for Jennifer and those around her.

It’s unusual to see this kind of Fatal Attraction-esque story told in comics, but it’s a compelling story that’s told well – thanks to writer Jason Starr’s excellent characterisation and brilliant art (by Dalibor Talajic) that doesn’t resort to cheap titillation – which I’ll admit was a fear I had before reading. The first issue sets up the story in a way that’s riveting and believable, with a powerful cliffhanger that immediately leaves the reader needing to know more.

Once again AWA/Upshot have shown themselves to be a publisher not afraid to tackle subject matter that’s mature and potentially controversial; Casual Fling offers something completely different to much of what’s on sale these days, with the publisher’s usual high production values and willingness to take on more leftfield, adult material. It used to be that the ‘Mature’ label on a comic meant guns, gore and gratuitous nudity – that’s most certainly not the case with the impressive first issue of Casual Fling.

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