Wednesday, May 17, 2017

#ComicsWednesday: Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky

This week's #ComicsWednesday pick is very much Not For Children.

Sex Criminals, an Eisner Award-winning series written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky, contains graphic nudity, sexual acts, drug use, and profanity, and is not something I'm likely to give to my mother. Seriously, if you think this comic might not be for you, you should check out some of the creators' other, more all-audiences-friendly comics. I'm definitely a fan of Fraction's take on Hawkeye.

If you're still with me, here's the short version: two people who have the ability to freeze time when they orgasm decide to use their power to rob banks in order to save a library. It's a concept that you'd expect in a raunchy direct-to-DVD comedy, and there is some juvenile humor. Overall Fraction and Zdarsky have a respect for their characters that lifts this story above the gutters.

In the beginning the comic's focus is on Suzie, the librarian, and Jon, who works at the bank. This is the beginning of their relationship, and readers learn about their pasts and their strange supernatural power along with the characters. As much as this is a goofy sex comedy, it's also a relationship drama. More than anything else though, this series has a sense of fun. You sense, as a reader, that Fraction and Zdarsky are enjoying the creative process.

I'd love to show you an example of the art because Zdarsky is very expressive and his use of color is phenomenal, but you'll have to check out the book to see it for yourself.

~Sarah, Adult Services

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