Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Review: Sex Criminals Vol. 1

"The bank'll take everything you love sooner or later."
-Matt Fraction, Sex Criminals

Suzie discovered her gift when she was in middle school: when she has sex, she stops time. After college, at a party, she meets a guy who has the same gift: Jon. To save the library that Suzie works at, the two decide to use their gift in order to rob the bank that Jon works at. But doing so opens them up to a whole new world they were never aware of.

I've loved Matt Fraction since I read his run on Hawkeye, and this is a comics series that I've been meaning to get to for a while. I read this first volume in one sitting while visiting friends in Detroit one weekend, and it definitely didn't disappoint! Fraction's writing is witty and exiting, and in Sex Criminals, he quite often breaks the fourth wall, directly addressing his readers. After reading the Unwind Dystology, which is quite dark, this was definitely a breath of fresh air.

The artwork by Chip Zdarsky was also phenomenal, fully immersing the reader into the story. The visuals were goregous, especially when Jon and Suzie stop time, moving about in a frozen world. The way Zdarsky does this makes the reader feel like time has actually frozen.

Overall, this is an original story filled with entertaining dialogue and plenty of funny moments. Since I've only read the first volume, I'm excited to see where the story will go after this one.

4.5/5 stars

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