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[Review] “Sex Criminals” #11 Will Give Your Eyes A Boner

Like an old friend “Sex Criminals returns this week to remind you of the good times; the sticky, sweaty, jizz-soaked good times.  There’s a new character with the most amazing orgasm power and plently of Susie and Jon classic moments that prove this series is as strong as it ever was.

WRITTEN BY: Matt Fraction

ART BY: Chirp Zdarsky

PUBLISHER: Image

PRICE: $3.99

Release: July 29, 2015

 

Issue #10 ended with a pretty interesting reveal when we discovered there are orgasm powers other than stopping time.  This issue begins with the unasuming Douglas D. Douglas (the D may or may not stand for Douglas) who we see a day in the life of.  I don’t want to get hung up on defining the narrative structure, but there is a moment when Douglas directly addresses the audience (as Susie often does) and says he doesn’t know why any one would want to read a comic about him.  Ibelieve this is the first reference to the idea that these characters exist outside of the book and gives the sense that this is sort of a retelling of events.  We got that in the first issue when Susie described to us how she learned about Sex, but for as long as we’ve been in the present it hasn’t seemed as though Susie or anyone else was narrating from the future until now.  It isn’t hugely important but it does add an interesting layer to explore.

When Susie takes control of the narrative back she reminds us this is her book and we find out that she and Jon are considering recruiting Douglas into their cause.  When they tell Ms. Kincaid that they are bank robbers she bows out and brings up some moral questions about Susie, Jon, and the Sex Police.  However, as soon as we see the hilarious things Susie and Jon do with the money I feel like everything is forgiven.  After exploring Jon’s depression you never really know where things are going with this book.  It could get really heavy at any moment.  Luckily, things end with Douglas shooting a cum fairy out of his dick, so atleast we all know the score.

We get some perspective from other characters, Robert Rainbow with Rachelle, and Jon’s Doctor with Kegalface.  The juxtaposition of these scene add some weight and commentary to what is otherwise a romp of an issue: sex is not a static, constant, or universal experience.  We all enjoy but in different, unique ways.  I’ve been critical of this book through the second arc for not moving the story forward as much as it should.  These two scenes are slight examples of that, but ones I now see as indespensible.  Perspectives outside Jon’s and Susie’s are important as long as they are balanced and the characters are interesting.

“Sex Criminals” is the kind of book many who choose to avoid it would actually really love and connect to.  The boners betray its heart.  I would encourage everyone, even the most uptight soccer mom with a “I need to speak to the manager” haircut to jump into the series.  Matt has clearly researched well and by all accounts has nailed a female voice.  Brimpers 4 life.

4/5

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