Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sex Criminals, Volume 1 Review

Release Date: April 29, 2014

Comic Description: 
"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

Angie's Review:

This is actually really funny. As long as you don't mind graphic sex jokes, anyway. 

 The comic introduces us to Suzie, who as a young teen, discovers that time literally stops when she has an orgasm. She has recently lost her father, and her mother is grieving and won't talk sex with her, and the school library mentions nothing about time freezing. So, she talks to the school "dirty girl" and gets more info than she cares to know about sex positions, but what she realizes is that she seems to be alone in this gift. And that is something Suzie has been a lot lately- alone.
But, years later, as a twenty-something,  she hooks up with a guy who can freeze time too. Naturally, they can't get enough of each other. But when Suzie's library starts to run out of funding, her new boyfriend suggests that they use their gift to save it. All they have to do is have sex, freeze time, rob a bank and walk away scot-free. Right? 

Maybe not. It seems that there are other people with their gift, and they have been watching Suzie and Jon. And the others have rules about using their gift- rules that Suzie and Jon are breaking.

I wasn't sure if I would like this, initially. I flipped through an issue at the comic store one day, and it seemed weird. Well, it is weird, but it's also very very funny. So, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I will keep reading for sure.
But do know- it is not for kids. I mean, it seems like that should go without saying, but there are graphic scenes, plenty of swear words, and descriptions of sex acts. It's not just a story that "talks about sex, but you don't see anything." Nope. You see stuff. Hilarious, sexy stuff.
I give it 4 stars.

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