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5.0 out of 5 stars The most enjoyable original comic in years, 1 May 2014
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This review is from: Sex Criminals Volume 1 TP (Paperback)
Long before the middle of the book I was - and you will be too - deeply in love with Suzie and Jon (the titular Sex Criminals) and their story, but it was the middle of the book when Suzie jumped up on the pool table to belt out Fat-Bottomed Girls by Queen that I realised I was reading a completely new kind of comic I’d never read before. As soon as Suzie opens her mouth, the lyrics are blocked out by captions from Matt Fraction explaining why they couldn’t reprint the Queen lyrics because certain things hadn’t gone through the legal department in time. It’s an absolutely perfect moment.

Sex Criminals was the most original comic of 2013, in a year filled with terrific and original comics, and if you’ve never heard of it, I’m here to tell you this is a book everyone (provided they’re over 18) should read. Suzie and Jon can temporarily freeze time when they orgasm and they can walk about in the frozen world. Jon works as a personal assistant in a bank which is foreclosing on Suzie’s library and, after the two meet at a party and discover their mutual ability, they decide to rob the bank to keep the library’s doors open. But Suzie and Jon aren’t the only ones with special powers and they’re about to find out what happens to sex criminals when the sex police show up!

The premise is excellent and completely unique but what really makes the comic so good are the characters. The first chapter introduces our heroine, Suzie, as she narrates her life story directly to the reader, taking in her tragic home life - father committed suicide, mother became an alcoholic - which is an unexpected tack to take in a book that’s marketed as a comedy, to finding out about sex and her powers. Jon’s story follows with its own bumps along the way (what’s a story without conflict, eh?) which questions the overly medicated youth of America in a funny way and explains why he chooses a creative location for his daily poops.

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky pull off an amazing balancing act of telling an original, exciting story with well-rounded, believable characters, with tons of great jokes that are perfectly suited to the comics medium. I already mentioned my favourite scene with Suzie singing Queen, but there are loads of great moments like when Suzie’s in high school and learning about sex. I dare you to keep a straight face when the older girl doodles on the bathroom stall, describing the various sex positions (my favourites - and by that I mean the ones that made me laugh the most, not because I do them myself - are shrimping, brimping and the Dutch microwave. Read the book to find out what they look like!).

Zdarsky deserves a lot of credit for his work on his book. I think any other artist on this simply wouldn’t have had the same effect as he has had - his art is absolutely first class and perfect on every single page, but his imaginative layouts takes Fraction’s script and makes it something else. The scene where Suzie meets Jon for the first time and they walk about the party while Jon quotes Nabokov’s Lolita was stunning, especially when Suzie’s feet lift off the ground, the background falls away, and the two, sat on the sofa, lift off the page into white nothingness.

Even the background stuff - especially the background stuff - is amazing. When the two visit Cumworld, a sleazy sexshop from Jon’s youth, there are too many background gags to mention that are so much fun to discover for yourself but I’ll mention one of the pornos: Hard-On Fink starring Johnny Spurturro and directed by Joel and Ethan Boen. But the best background gag is Sexual Gary - I won’t say any more than that except that Sexual Gary is the best background gag in comics ever.

As you’d expect in a book called Sex Criminals, there’s a lot of sex and nudity but it’s done in a very matter-of-fact and realistic way so that it’s never exploitative or sleazy but comes off instead as surprisingly charming. And because Suzie and Jon are in love with each other, those scenes do feel romantic and sweet, like you’re really seeing two people falling for one another as two people would in real life.

There’s not a single thing I can critique in Sex Criminals - it is a flawless comic. It’s art and writing is both smart and funny, entertaining and clever, where the tone is pitch perfect and possesses an intoxicating mix of contemporary drama, sci-fi and comedy, as well as featuring two of the most realised characters you’re like to meet in Suzie and Jon. It’s an utterly beautiful comic too with some of the best art you’ll see all year. One Weird Trick is a startlingly original book that is quite simply a masterpiece. Fraction and Zdarsky are doing something special with this series and I can see Sex Criminals easily becoming one of the major high points in 21st century comics.

These guys… if you haven’t already, get in on this one immediately and see two incredible artists producing the greatest work of their career. It'll also probably be the only time in your life you utter the phrase "I love Sex Criminals"!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most original and entertaining comic I've read for years, 29 May 2014
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This review is from: Sex Criminals Volume 1 TP (Paperback)
Believe. The. Hype.

Sex Criminals is a truly glorious read. it has everything, well-rounded and believable (well, in the realms of comics!) characters, an original and perfectly executed idea, superb art-work and a genuine sense of self-awareness and humour. I often find comics that use humour hard to engage with, but this has a perfect balance of humour and utalises within the narrative very well. It's also refreshing to see a strong female-lead within a comic book like this. I had come to the Sex Criminals party a little late (a sentence that sounds all kinds of wrong in isolation), but I can truly see what all of the buzz and hype was about. Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarksy make a perfect combo and you truly get the feeling that they really love what they are creating here and that they have true artistic freedom to create what they want. A genuinely fantastic book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A graphic novel gem, 5 Jun 2014
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was not expecting something as good as this. absolutely fantastic read! great artwork, awesome characters with an interesting progression with character development and to top it off a great sense of humor tucked away within the events that occur and the dialogue the characters share.

also it actually uses love and sex as a GOOD narrative device rather then just sticking a pair of tits between the pages to just attract a larger audience people. something that's rare in any form of media today. very intelligent and i highly recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's quite pretty and let's face it, 16 July 2014
This review is from: Sex Criminals Volume 1 TP (Paperback)
This is the oddest comic and in the world of comic books that's quite a claim. Suzie meets Jon and finds that they both share an unusual gift - when they have sex and orgasm, they stop time. And in this illustrated world, when they have sex a rainbow kaledioscope of colour bursts from the pages. It's quite pretty and let's face it, sex usually isn't!

What do 2 people do when they can stop time? Well, rob banks of course. It's funny and surreal and...almost pretty. I don't know where the writers are going with this series but I am intrigued enough to see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I truly loved this book, 21 July 2014
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I truly loved this book!

I have been a fan of Matt Fraction for quite some time, but for me this is his best work to date.

Witty, original, fantastic character development, and a truly unique interpretation of the ability to stop time.

I wont give to much away, but everyone interested in graphic novels should be reading this book and enjoying cumworld :p

Whey.....!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!, 3 Jun 2014
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Matt Fractions writing is really nice in this. it reads like a movie in the vein of 50 year old virgin and at times is laugh out loud funny, i can't wait for the next installment of this series. Its got some real charm to it and its NOT FOR KIDS this comic is aimed at adults! for real, its graphic at times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sex Criminals #1, 2 Jun 2014
This review is from: Sex Criminals Volume 1 TP (Paperback)
Suzie experienced a great deal of tragedy in her early life – her father was gunned down in a senseless explosion of violence following a banking collapse and her mother then succumbed to drink and depression – and then she experienced a highly unusual superpower: when Suzie has an orgasm time literally stops. While Suzie initially struggles to understand her new ability, she eventually meets Jon and after their first, ahem, encounter discovers that he too has the ability to stop time. Now Jon hates his job at a bank and Suzie hates that same bank due to the forthcoming foreclosure on the library where she works and so, after spending some practice time punking a sex shop, the pair beside to use their powers for good and rob the bank in order to fund the library. Satirical and strangely moving, Sex Criminals is one of the most memorable comics that I’ve read in ages. It’ll be interesting to see what lies in store for Suzie and Jon post-Sex Police.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dutch Microwave,Fleshy Lightswitch, Chocolate McKitten and so on, 6 May 2014
This review is from: Sex Criminals Volume 1 TP (Paperback)
Picked this up for 6 as a gamble and was glad i did.If you remember the 90's CITV kids show Bernard's Watch think of it as an explicit grown up version of it. The artwork is amazing and even better when Suzie and Jon enter 'The Quiet' Only gripe is the ending left me a little confused & disappointed in how they get out of a situation.
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