Without a doubt Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky is fricken genius! It’s been years since I’ve been this “ga-ga” over a comic but it’s safe to say that I am in love here! Matt has been winning me over a lot lately and establishing himself as the best comics writer in the field today, and that’s saying a lot considering my obsession with Gail Simone! In a big fat nutshell, Sex Criminals is something fresh and different that the comic industry needs so desperately much! The writing is sharp and clever, the art by Zdarsky is beyond perfection, and my only complaint is that I have to wait a month for each issue to come out!
So why am I going totally bananas over this? Well the crazy ass story of course. Sex Criminals is about a sassy librarian named Suzie (how basic is that name?) who found out when she was teenager that she could…get this… stop time when she orgasms! How nuts is that right? And we find this out through a lot of “breaking of the 4th wall” conversations she has with us, the readers! We learn about her sexual past, how she lost her virginity, her first orgasm, the things she would during the “time freeze”, etc. For the longest time she believed that she was the only one who could do this…until she meets her bi-polar, time stopping bed buddy, Jon. After a wild night (or at least wild twenty minutes) they discover each others secret and realize that they are soul mates,… or at least “sex mates”, and that’s when shenanigans ensue!
So after getting news that the bank was going to foreclose on Suzie’s library, they decided to do what any couple with who could stop time when they orgasm would do, they go on a crime spree! But with great power there cums great responsibility (see what I did there?), and they soon learn there’s a price to be paid. The price is running from their lives from the SEX POLICE! A group of self labeled sex authorities who can also stop time through sexual acts.
Fraction has been on fire for a couple of years now. His run on Marvel’s Hawkeye and Iron Fist was what really turned me on to him! From there it looked like he could do no wrong! Sex Criminals is by far his best work in my opinion though. The word is he gets ton of input on the book from his super sexy and talented wifey Kelly Sue DeConnic, (who also has quite the rep in comics herself). And its clear by the way the character Suzie talks about sex and relationships that Kelly is giving him an earful of info on women! Part of me even believes that Matt and Kelly are the “real life” Suzie and Jon, you know, without the time stopping orgasms (although, that would be fucking amazing right?).
You can grab the 1st trade, which collects issues 1-5 from any comic-book store anywhere or online. If you love it the way I know you will, I highly suggest grabbing the 2nd volume as fast as you humanly can! Going at this series the “single issue” route is ok and all, but you get a lot more from the graphic novels like character sketches, interviews, and funny little excerpts by Fraction and Zdarsky! I swear you won’t regret this hilariously funny read my lovelies!