The third installment of Sex Criminals and the funny is still going strong. Just as before, it’s sharp writing and plenty of little jokes drawn into the backgrounds if you take half a second to look for them. The headlining joke of the book is the musical number. Well, the would-be musical number. Suzie gets up on a pool table and sings “Fat bottom girls” except instead of lyrics her speech bubbles are all covered with editorial notes from Fraction explaining how they had tried to get the rights to the lyrics but couldn’t pull it together in time for the issue. The whole sequence is so well done I suspect (and I’m not alone in this) that this was how they planned on doing it from stage one. The editorial notes are worlds funnier than the musical number would have been on it’s own. And in a round about way we still got it (assuming you know the lyrics).
There is one problem with this issue. It doesn’t push the plot forward in any meaningful way. Issue one was focused on Suzie, issue two focused on Jon, logically it was time for the story to make some progress. While Fraction could probably write a day at the DMV that would be hilarious, I’m ready to see the story move on and see what happens with the mysterious dominatrix and dildo-wielding associate of hers.
While not as good as the first two issues, it’s still a good book in a great series. If you missed it and can’t find it, don’t worry. You can read #1, #2, and #4 and you’ll be able to follow along with the story. Bottom line it’s fun (and recommended) but totally optional.
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