Sex Criminals #1 Review

by @Tom_Kray on Dec 13, 2013

Suzie, a young woman, recounts how she discovered her power to stop time by having an orgasm. Later she meets a man, Jon, at a party who strangely enough can do the same thing. The two then pursue the only option available to them--rob a bank.

The Good

There's a lot to love about this new series written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky. For one, the book is an absolute riot from start to finish. In this first issue we're guided by Suzie, the protagonist-turned-narrator, as she recounts the discovery of her powers and her subsequent attempts to understand them, limited by the resources available to a public-school student, including the (very) censored library books and the "dirty girls" who smoke in the bathroom.

Fraction wastes no time sucking the reader into the story, making sure you're absolutely getting your money's worth out of this first issue. Before you even read a line, the first two pages show in no uncertain terms the two main characters in a public bathroom earning their books title, and the story doesn't slow down from there.

Not to mention The art when Suzie enters "the quiet" is absolutely stunning.

The Not So Good

There is a lot of story packed into this book and it's not told sequentially. We jump between Suzie in middle school, in high school, as a young woman before meeting Jon, and in the midst of the robbery and the transitions are not always as smooth as they could be.

The Bottom Line

This is a stunning start to a new series that balances character driven storytelling with sex and humor. If you weren't immediately driven off by the title, I say pick this one up.

4.5 / 5
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Sex Criminals #1
Released September 25, 2013
Writer Matt Fraction
Artist Chip Zdarsky
Cover Artist Chip Zdarsky

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