|Sex Criminals, Volume One
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Chip Zdarsky
Suzie’s just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we’d ALL do: rob a couple banks. A bawdy and brazen sex comedy for comics begins here!
By Matt Fraction (Satellite Sam, Hawkeye) and Chip Zdarsky (Prison Funnies, Monster Cops).
Named one of Time Magazine's top 10 graphic novels for 2013.
Collects SEX CRIMINALS #1-5
So you probably think this is chock full of sex and sexy stuff... well, guess what? It is! I would like to point out that the sexy stuff is tastefully done(ish). I'm not much into romance or hot/steamy smexy tales, so this didn't cross my radar UNTIL I heard Wil Wheaton endorse it on Goodreads. After that, I saw a bunch of other friends rating this comic high... so I couldn't really pass it up when I saw it on sale at Newbury Comics. I also don't like reading comics one at a time, I like them when they come in big digest formats - the same way I like to watch my TV (online, watching a whole season in a weekend). So I held off on "Sex Criminals" until it was bundled into a volume. I'm SO glad I did, if I had to wait to see what happened next... it might have killed me. I have grabby hands when it comes to cliff hangers, and even now... I want the next volume NOW (not later).
So, you might be asking... would I recommend this? Yes and no... to the right person... Certainly not to my Grandmother, maybe my Aunt, definitely my friends. Do you see what I'm getting at here? I don't want to be responsible for what you can and can't handle (vulgarly speaking - is vulgarly even a word? I checked, it is!) Caution to those who like a little modesty to a story, this might not be for you. I don't want you thinking that this comic is ONLY about sex... because that isn't the case at all. This story has action, adventure, mystery, humor, and so much more. I think part of what I loved about this series is that it shoves so many genres into the mix, it's hard not to be entertained by SOMETHING. Oh, and I need to give a big shout out to the Artist and Writer who threw in MANY amazing 'reading is cool' references. To start off with, the main character is a librarian trying to save her library from shutting down! You can't help but love her. I really hope this comic continues to get rave reviews because I'm digging it, and each non-traditional superhero comic is getting me closer to being a comic junkie.
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