While the first issue was focused on Suzie this one is all about Jon and his adolescent discovery and boyish shenanigans in “Cum World.” Chronologically, issue two is set up just like the first with the events opening in the bank and then jumping around from there. By the end of the first issue we really had a sense of who Suzie was and Fraction did a great job of flushing Jon out in just as much detail.
The problematic transitions in the first issue, when the story made a time jump, have been ironed out and the book reads more smoothly for it. The witty dialogue and language humor is toned down from the last issue but but Fraction and Zdarsky crank up the physical humor to take its place. There are also plenty of little gems hiding in the background that make it worth your time to really look at what’s in each panel.
The book takes care to explain the rules for how Suzie and Jon enter and exit the quiet independently but when they’re together it gets confusing. There is a scene that picks up after they’ve had sex and are in the quiet and Suzie is able to freeze time again, without bringing Jon with her. After several readings of the scene I have a few ideas for how it works but nothing I stand behind one hundred percent.
This is solid follow-up to issue one, though not as funny overall as the first, there is still plenty of humor in the book. This issue moves past the novelty of the book’s concept and establishes that Sex Criminals is going to be about character above all else. If you liked issue one, issue two isn’t going to disappoint.
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