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Sex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick Paperback – April 16, 2014
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So anyway the main selling point of this book is the sex. Not porn, mind you, but sex. Both Suzie and John have frank discussions about how they learned about sex growing up, and how it affects both their own and their friends lives now in the present. These discussions are engaging and relatable.
The comedy is generally good. Let's be clear, its nothing but sex jokes, but as long as you don't mind sex jokes, it's good for a good chuckle here and there. It just doesn't have anything as laugh out loud funny as say 'Preacher'.
The book has one serious flaw though, and that's that the villains are badly, even lazily, written. The first page introduces the idea of the 'sex police', out to stop Suzie and John, and they have all the competence of drunk crane operator. The bank that they steal from is just as bad, being written off with one line as a cesspool of jerks that deserve everything they get. That part seriously needs to improve if I'm going to keep reading these comics.
So, if you like sex, go for the read. You might be better off buying individual issues though. It's cheaper.
The writing is in Fraction's usual breezy, chatty style, which is always enjoyable. But what makes the book is Zdarsky's incredible artwork, which conveys both the sacred and profane aspects of the strange story in vivid colors.
I kept hearing good things about this series and as uncomfortable it made me at first, it is an interesting concept. I just didn't love it like I thought I would. It seems there's three stories all woven together at once and it was a bit confusing at times. I wasn't overly impressed with the characters either. Didn't love them or hate them. And I was indifferent about the artwork. It did leave on a cliff hanger and I will continue at least for another volume to see where it goes and if the plot lines start to level out allowing me to get more invested.
As you quickly learn from the description, the man and the woman in the novel stop time when they orgasm. They decide to use this skill for nefarious purposes, although they mean well. This description doesn't do justice to the novel.
The first part of the novel describes the adolescence of Suzie's, the female character. When she starts to evolve sexually she had no idea what is happening. Or that stopping time is not something that other people do as well. Like anyone else with non-vanilla sexuality, she tries to understand what is happening. Until she meets Jon, she thinks that she is alone. Some of the force of the attraction between Jon and Suzie is the idea that they are not alone. Their budding romance is charming, although its clear that there are some serious bumps as well. Jon turns out to be someone with his own demons, although none are particularly evil.
The rest of the plot is somewhat wacky. Jon and Suzie are not really cut out for any serious rule breaking. The novel ends before without any particular resolution and I immediately ordered the second volume. The third one is on the way.
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It takes quite a while for the story to get into full swing and the majority of Vol.Read more