Sex Criminals #1 – Review

26 Sep
Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky are Sex Criminals!

Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky are Sex Criminals!

Matt Fraction knows how to make you laugh. The phenomenal success of his current Hawkeye ongoing can attest to that. But he can also spin a hell of a yarn. With a title like Sex Criminals you know there are gonna be tons of fun puns but Fraction takes a good chunk of this debut issue telling a really touching (pun not intended) coming of age tale, instead opting to let Chip Zdarsky sneak some pretty funny sight gags into his backgrounds.

Suzanne’s story reads similar to that of a superhero, with a tragic death and the discovery of a super human ability. That ability, being able to stop time, manifests during her sexual awakening. When she gets off, time stops. “The Quiet” as she calls it eventually fades but in the moment she is totally alone in a silent world while everything is frozen in time. The world seems to fill with colour and Becka Kinzie does a great job of representing a simultaneous sense of both wonder and confusion as Suzanne tries to figure out what is happening to her, both as a girl transforming into a woman and becoming a time manipulator.

Sex Criminals #1 Suzie Toilet

Fraction uses an adult Suzanne to guide us through her past, sitting in the background as little Suzie struggles to adjust to the changes in her life. This also helps to connect the narrative thread to the bookends of the title involving the aforementioned criminal activity. The comedy gold comes via the crude but hilarious toilet humour (pun definitely intended) as the school “ho-bag” teaches Suzie the birds and the bees. Two pages of hilarious doodles ensue.

There is a nice sub-plot involving library books which may give an early indication as to the motivation of the robberies yet to come and the revelation that Suzanne is the only one capable of achieving “The Quiet” provides some fantastic page and panel layouts by Zdarsky.

Verdict: Sex Criminals #1 lives up to the hype. Hopefully the next few issues will focus a little more on the criminal side of things.


Sex Criminals #1 End

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