>Husband of the Swarm/Day of the Spike
I just caught up on this to the end. I loved it. Madcap mixtures of pop culture, video games, and other cultural feedstock built into this fever dream of a universe is normally the sort of thing I hate, but it's done with such unconcerned panache here that I found myself adoring it. I think Spidernon's writing is at its best when it's silly and weird, because that's when, strangely enough, it feels the most real. There's an intoxicating sense of honesty behind all of the stories that take place in the Firm universe(s?), and this one is no exception.
It was nice to see a submissive male character with a proper character arc. I don't know if it was in some small way down to our previous criticism of the werewolf reverse gangbang story—after all, some of Spider's stories before that one had already done it properly—but I saw many of the weaknesses we criticised being very particularly addressed, and I was pleased with the results. The way that the main character's story of overcoming was treated as a farce—but an important
farce that was to be respected and had real consequences—made complete sense and I didn't feel that it diminished his victory
one bit. It looked like a very difficult balance to pull off. Bravo.
To the sex. I expected to be grossed out by the hivemind girlfriend's various xenomorphic bodies, but they just came off as cute. How the fuck does someone make a swarm of tiny vagina-slug-faeries
or a gigantic titty caterpillar who lactates blue milk
cute? Well I saw it happen, right there in that story, and I've still no idea how it was done. Amazing.
I know that fucking the different bodies of a hivemind isn't technically cuckqueaning, and that this was written from a submissive male PoV, but some of the sex scenes still managed to inadvertently push a couple of my buttons. The way her various bodies cooperated was pretty hot, and—not gonna lie—if I was a galaxy-spanning all-consuming hivemind I would probably not do nearly as well at thinking up such terrifyingly cute forms to fuck my husband with. Plus that scene at the end, the way the Suk-Suk forms were eventually put to use... damn. Damn.
Overall I recommend giving it a try, and you'll quickly know if you want to keep reading all the way to the end or not.