Author: Matt Fraction
Illustrator: Chip Zdarsky
Published 2015 Image Comics. 9781632151933
Available in print
Why I Read It
When I first read Volume 1, I remeber thinking only two words: strange & entertaining. I was orginally caught by the cover, then the story about a library in crisis and people who can stop time
when they cum at the moment of sexual climax drew me in. That said, when a co-worker mentioned that she’d purchased volume two and did I want to borrow it, the answer was “OF COURSE!”
Jon and Suzie are back. They’ve stopped robbing banks, but their problems aren’t over.
The “cops”, including Kegel Face, are back and succeed in tearing down Suzie’s library, causing a chain reaction in Jon and Suzie’s relationship. Jon must come to grips with his erratic behaviors. He and Suzie take a break, opening the door for an expanded cast including a mall food shrink, who happens to really by a psychiatrist, and a hot new gyno for Suzie, who happens to be a childhood friend of Jon. There is also an appearance from Jazmine St. Cocaine, a favorite pornstar of both main characters.
Here’s what I think
Sex Criminals is so sequential. Following the story is easy, no matter which main character is the focus of the issue. Side trips to flesh out the back stories of supporting characters are well done, and any loose threads are deftly woven into the main story. The artwork is bright and fully colored. The swirls of color and light that distinguish the real world from the Quiet are well done. They do not detract from the artwork under the swirls. My only complaint is the faces all seem terribly similar, male and female.
It keeps me entertained and it’s an award-winning series.
4Q–Better than most, marred by occasional lapses.
4P–Broad general or genre appeal.
Readalikes, courtesy of NoveList Plus
Habibi, Craig Thompson
Luba in America, Gilbert Hernandez
Post-dykes to watch out for, Alison Bechdel
bawdy, explicit, funny, offbeat
Book talk ideas
Jon’s mental health issues
The tearing down of the library
The story of Jazmine St. Cocaine aka Dr.. Ana Kincaid
Book discussion questions
1) Name every place in the story where a counterpart in reality could exist. This includes places, themes, and abstract ideals.
2) What did you think of the extras at the end of the graphic novel, i.e. the interview, Brimpception, and sex tips?
3) What do you think happened to Ana as a kid that caused the scar on hur vulva?
4) Has anyone else walked in on their parents en flagrante delicto like Robert?
Clues to the Future
sex criminals, Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky, librarians, blue covers, the Quiet, graphic novels, porn star turned university professor
Awards and Lists
New York Times Bestseller
In 2014 the series won Best New Series for both the Eisner Award and the Harvey Award
Links to the Author, Interviews, and Reviews
Author website: http://mattfraction.com/
ComicBook.com interview: http://comicbook.com/blog/2014/08/15/exclusive-matt-fraction-on-hawkeye-sex-criminals-ody-c-more-/
Den of Geek interview with Chip: http://www.denofgeek.us/books-comics/sex-criminals/234766/sex-criminals-interview-chip-zdarsky