I had a bit of an embarrassing moment in the bookstore when I picked this up off the shelf and flipped it open to a random page where some very not PG activities were taking place. Let’s just say, it wasn’t exactly the kind of thing you want to be caught looking at in a public place.
But, this incident did convince me to buy the book.
Walking in on his boyfriend, Seth, while he was in the midst of cheating on him was a devastating blow to Kennedy and dealing with their breakup is proving to be very difficult. He and Seth were together for years and Ken doesn’t know if he’s ready to put himself out there and start dating again. That’s when a conveniently timed lightening strike somehow teleports him into the world of his favourite video games. This would have been an exciting development on it’s own, but Kennedy soon discovers that all of the characters in this world find him irresistibly attractive and are ready to bone at the drop of a hat. It’s a perfect fantasy come to life, but Kennedy doesn’t belong in this world and his presence seems to be causing glitches that could destroy this reality, all of his new friends and even himself!
Cheat(er) Code, written by S.A. Foxe and illustrated by Daz, is a silly, erotic adventure comic about letting go of the past and moving on from a breakup. It’s ridiculous, funny and sexy, as Kennedy stumbles from one wacky sexual encounter to the next, all while trying to escape the deadly glitches he’s inadvertently causing in the video game world and find a way home.
This comic is very explicit and Kennedy gets up to all manner of smutty hijinks in the videogame world, including: having a sexy shower with the main character of a popular horror game (who just happens to be a total silver fox), taking part in a threesome with a pair of barbarian warriors from a fantasy game and getting busy with the avatar he created to be a more studly and sassy version of himself! Cheat(er) Code is a lively romp through Ken’s dirtiest fantasies that doesn’t hold anything back, so be prepared for things to get a little kinky.
There is also a sweet story underneath all of the smuttiness that deals with coming to terms with the end of a relationship and sorting out all of the emotions that come with it. Kennedy feels confused and betrayed, but he’s also not ready for his relationship with Seth to be over and is scared about facing the future without him in his life. Thanks to all of the supportive hunks he meets throughout his adventure, however, he’s able to work through his feelings and accept that the relationship has ended. The conclusion to Kennedy’s journey struck me with how surprisingly heartfelt and moving it was, considering how wacky the story had been up until that point.
Cheat(er) Code is a sensual and lighthearted story with a strong emotional core and I found it to be a thoroughly satisfying read. Fans of LGBTQ+ comics and Boys Love manga should consider checking this book out, it’s both fun and touching.
Final Score: 8 out of 10
What did you think of this comic? Let me know in the comments.
For more information on this comic, visit Oni Press’ website.
If you enjoy reading my reviews, please consider supporting me through Kofi.