Sometimes I feel guilty about how much attention I give to Jeph Jacques’ slice-of-life science fiction webcomic Questionable Content, but I do feel today’s update is worth a quick nod seeing its relevance to my previous review in July concerning the germination of Dora and Tai’s romantic relationship… which involved Tai confronting Dora and outright telling her about her interest (sober, this time). To be honest? I didn’t think Jacques had it in him. We went for a thousand updates before Faye finally told Marten “sorry, but no.” Dora herself has grown increasingly insecure after her own breakup with Marten (which is understandable, seeing she instigated its demise, though his passive aggressiveness didn’t help).
So to see Tai take the cow by the horns and force an answer out of Dora? No. I didn’t see that coming, especially not on a Monday. I can’t help but wait for the other shoe to drop – maybe Tai gets fired for abandoning her job to run off for a booty call, or Dora’s therapist ends up saying it’s a bad idea and convincing Dora to call things off. Despite my pessimism, however, I must admit that Tai’s thoughts on this are quite mature. If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out. These things happen. But refusing to try because you might get hurt is no better. Loneliness sucks, especially when it’s self-inflicted… and Dora has been punishing herself ever since she broke things off with Marten due to an over-developed sense of guilt despite the fact Faye is quite happy with someone else now.
Who knows, maybe it’ll work out. I suspect I’m not the only reader who kept expecting Dora and Marten to ultimately get back together again, and pushing Dora into another relationship helps kill those last diehard romantics. Besides, Jacques laid the groundwork for Dora and Tai back when Marten was still with Dora. Those initial seeds have taken a while to sprout. And ultimately, Questionable Content is Marten’s story. He’s been able to reclaim a tiny bit of the old friendship he once held with Dora. Having her happy in the arms of another may allow Jacques to slowly fade Dora into the background, her story mostly complete, while Marten continues on in his own quest for self-awareness and happiness.