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Sex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick Paperback – April 16, 2014
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There is a bit more to Fraction and Zdarsky's offbeat series than that. It begins as a coming of age story, which leads into a story about a young woman trying to keep her local library from being shut down. That is, until she meets a man that has the same power that she does.
As silly as this book should be, it's written well and takes time to develop the characters. This makes it a lot more palatable when something ridiculous does happen. The creators manage to keep this from being merely amusing, instead creating something that is highly entertaining and readable. More importantly, they create something that makes you want to keep reading no matter how out there it gets.
My favorite part of this book, aside from the musical number in the bar, is the art. It's done spectacularly well. Especially when the characters enter the Quiet, which is what one of the characters calls the period when time is stopped. So sit back, relax, and probably don't read this in public unless you want to get some funny looks.
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.
It had been years since I have delved into a graphic novel. I decided I wanted to glimpse back into this artistic medium, but wanted to stray away from any comics that served as stories behind heroes or heroines. After some research I came across this series.
The artwork is fantastic and the use of colors, especially the neon aura, stands out. The story is certainly unique and kept my attention throughout. I have found over the years that I am drawn to darker source material (e.g. Vampire Hunter D), so while the comic told a story that I had expected there were times I found myself wanting a less comic relief synopsis and a more adult oriented tone. With that said, I can say without hesitation that I can see why this series was referenced on 'top graphic novel' lists. Also, included in this volume is plenty of extras including additional covers and information about the authors.
If you are looking for a unique story revolving around sexuality with great artwork than look no further. Sex Criminals offers a goofy and flirtatious story and is well worth the read.
It’s also a story about robbery and having very good reasons for doing bad things and that maybe those reasons aren’t enough dealing in the aftermath. Come to think of it, kind of like love. Sometimes. Maybe. Ok I’m just making it up now. : )
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