I felt good about the latest Steven Universe comic, for a number of reasons.
1: Connie and Steven complain about their favorite book series-turned movie being rated PG-13 because it suddenly has romance and shirtless men. Connie goes on a mini-rant about adult producers shoehorning romance into children’s literature, adding that they could have waited until a later time when the leads got together canonically in the books. Her rant speaks to me on a personal level.
2: Kiki is starstruck by Stevonnie, but does not act too differently around them. She still speaks normally to them, even though she clearly finds them attractive.
3: Stevonnie’s prom outfit includes both masculine and feminine touches. A suit with ruffles and soft colors and details and it just looks amazing on them.
4: Connie announces they need a chaperone bc she isn’t supposed to be out alone after dark. Steven announces he has a job for Pearl and her fancy tux. Pearl then very happily serves as chaperone to Stevonnie’s first school dance, albeit with a very nervous look on her face.
5: Connie and Steven’s research into school dances included big hair, corsages, a limo, and a fancy dinner. They get Greg’s van, Garnet’s help with their hair, and donuts for dinner. Which is actually adorable.
6: When Kiki tries to ask Stevonnie out, they freak and regroup to discuss it. Connie and Steven come to the realization that they’ve been so focused on what they think Kiki wants, entertaining and dazzling her, they forgot to think about what they actually wanted. And one of the things they didn’t want was to lead her on. (“What are we going to tell her, we’re two kids fused together with alien magic?!” ) They decide to instead offer her friendship. Kiki thinks about it and is thrilled- she DID have fun hanging out with Stevonnie, and now they’re friends! This is the best! It’s possibly the best outcome, and I love how maturely they talked it out. Making Kiki happy was important to them, but being happy was, too.