- Series: Sex Criminals Tp (Book 3)
- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics (June 21, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1632155427
- ISBN-13: 978-1632155429
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.5 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sex Criminals Volume 3: Three the Hard Way (Sex Criminals Tp) Paperback – June 21, 2016
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I was disappointed by how little the story progressed in this collection, which is only confounded by how long it has taken to come out. They have a great cast of colorful characters (to say the least!) and they introduce some new ones here, but for the love of god I feel like they're not sure what to actually *do* with them. I know each individual issue of a comic can only accomplish so much and stay entertaining, but this volume taken as a whole seems to accomplish painfully little (which brings me back to the indulgent metanarrative qualities of this volume). If you eagerly awaited this volume like I did, then you've probably already read the comic and won't be seeing this review. But if you do see this review and enjoyed the first two volumes, then I expect you'll still enjoy this one a good deal as well. Just expect more of volume two, with its slower pace, more measured humor and self-indulgent moments, instead of more of volume one, with its gut-busting humor and flawless execution.
I'm still looking forward to volume 4, but I think my expectations for that volume will be more measured than they were for this one. I'd still also eagerly recommend this title to anyone who is even slightly interested, but I do hope after this volume they pick up the pace a little bit. It's just a little disappointing that I get the sense that I'm reading an academic approach to comics instead of a fun comic put out by two creative and brilliant guys.
I'm sorry, but this sort of thing is unbecoming of a published author. If an author leads the story down a certain path, he doesn't just get to throw his hands in the air and say "I couldn't figure this part out, but this is what I wanted to say..." It doesn't work like that. You don't have a right to take people's money and hand them a place holder. I felt this issue was just a little too lazily written on the whole. I preordered this one. The first time I've ever pre-ordred anything! But I don't think I'll be doing that again with this series. I'll wait for the review of the next volume before buying.
Yes, the earlier volumes are fun and enjoyable--and honestly, I kinda liked them more--but I feel as if this is what Fraction has been toying with all along. He had a fun, edgy premise that has become something real and worth discussion on a much higher level than before.
So why four instead of five stars?
While it is fun and feels more complete as a series, this particular "arc" felt rather scattered--as others have mentioned. And while the "meta" stuff can be entertaining, it does feel like a cop-out at times rather than an added layer to the story. And since Fraction seems to know that, I'll let it slide, but that--to me--is indicative of what has happened here:
The story has become bigger than the creators.
That's an amazing thing, and one any creator would hope for. However, I worry that this ship might sink rather than sail into a satisfying sunset.
I guess we'll see, and don't think I won't be there to find out.