[479] Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarksy


GOODREADS SUMMARY | Image Comics | Paperback, pp. 128 | Graphic novel | Rating 4 out of 5 Stars

Seeing stars.

When Suzie was a teen, she found out that she has an extraordinary gift: she can stop time whenever she has an orgasm. I know right? Imagine the possibilities! Actually, she didn’t really take advantage of her powers until she meets Jon.

*Cue porn music*

It turns out, she’s not the only person who has the same abilities. While Jon’s magical jizz takes him to er, Cumworld, Suzie goes on a magical trip to The Quiet, a place where she is calm, and where  everyone but the two of them are on pause. As soon as they discovered the thing they have in common, they realized, they could be unstoppable.

The year of living dangerously.

Suzie’s place of work is about to be shut down due to lack of funding. She’s a librarian. Jon works at a place that he hates, with a boss that he detests. One thing led to another, and they decide to live a life of crime in the hopes of saving Suzie’s library.

They started off small, petty crimes that they can get away with all thanks to their abilities. But the big finish is yet to come. They’re about to case Jon’s place of employment: the bank, which incidentally, was the same company that Suzie’s dead father used to work.

What they don’t know, however, is that there’s a covert task force aware of people like them. So while they’re in the throes of thievery, they get arrested.

The plot thickens.

This ain’t no Archie comics.

This book. This hilarious, irreverent, audacious, brazen book. It’s pornographic, brilliantly drawn, with a story line so outrageous, it warrants no apologies nor explanation.

It’s not in the same zip code as Saga, but it was fun, nonetheless. The jumping timeline was a bit confusing, as is the seemingly short span of time readers would spend in the present sequence of events. Most of the storyline is about the past; how they become who they are. Conversely giving the readers some time to get to know the characters even more. Sex Criminals just earned a spot on my very short list of graphic novels reading rotation. I admire a writer who’d dare to be as extravagant with their version of reality.