Sex Criminals Remains the Most Fun You Can Have Without Taking Off Your Clothes


Sex Criminals #12 CoverWhere do you go when the last panel of the previous issue ended with your main characters as they burst into a room to find a man who has ejaculated a floating anime schoolgirl? Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky are back to answer that question with the delightfully perverse Sex Criminals #12.

Scenes of Jon and Suzie being chased by a creature referred to as both “Sailor Poon” and “cum angel” are mixed with scenes of Ana giving a lecture on “normal” and “abnormal” that focuses largely on the way society has depicted women’s sexuality as abnormal and aberrant. It’s hilarious to watch the almost slapstick quality of the chase against the backdrop of Ana telling her students that there really is no baseline for normal when it comes to sexuality. Kegelface makes a brief appearance as she tries to get information on Jon from his therapist. Insecurity makes a brief appearance in a nightmare from the awesome doctor Robert Rainbow. The lecture seems to be the centerpiece of the issue though as it stretches around all the other action.

It occasionally feels like the art of Sex Criminals results from some sort of excellent dare. There is even a bit at the back about how the last book was delayed because Zdarsky and Fraction ambitiously drew 1,000 custom covers (only to have the “Competent Adults” in legal explain why they could never see the light of day) featuring various combinations of human anatomy mixed with things like Batman and Hello Kitty stickers. Sailor Poon is easily the best demonstration of the wonderful affect they have on each other. It starts with something strange, yet simple enough and then quickly snowballs into territory best seen with your own eyes.

Sex Criminals #12 remains the most fun you can have without taking off your clothes–I mean, unless reading comics naked is your thing, in which case I’m sure Fraction and Zdarsky would approve.

Story: Matt Fraction
Art: Chip Zdarsky
Cover: Chip Zdarsky
Published: September 16, 2015
Publisher: Image Comics


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