NSFW: Sex Criminals #1

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sexcriminals1_coverSexual awakening during adolescence is an uncomfortable phase in a trying time, but what do you do when every time you orgasm the world stands still with floating colors? Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals uses this premise to explore the story of a young librarian who, after years of loneliness, meets a would-be actor with the same ability as herself. This first issue is extremely explanatory, laying out the main character’s backstory through a fourth wall breaking narration. Nevertheless, it is setting up an intriguing world, framed by potentially criminal activity.

The audience is immediately dropped right in the middle of sexual activity between Suzie and Jon, a fitting way to start. Voices outside the door tell the lovers to give themselves up in vain, setting the tone for some thrilling action. The main characters’ business is soon juxtaposed with death and childhood, transitioning to an Adult Suzie walking through her memories. The confusion, loneliness, humor, and curiosity within the origin story is relatable and full of heart. It is refreshing to see the ordinary placed in extraordinary circumstances without losing its human touch. Suzie’s budding romance with Jon is sweet and real. I appreciate that this artist has drawn plot-necessary, attractive sex without being exploitative. The line work and coloring are lovely to look at, especially the lights that shine in “The Quiet.” Sex Criminals #1 is a lot of fun to read, tackling Suzie’s life in all its light-hearted and serious moments.

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