Comic Name: Sex Criminals
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Chip Zdarsky
# of Issues: 5
Release Date: 2015
Reprints Sex Criminals #6-10 (June 2014-January 2015). Jon and Suzie have gotten in trouble. The Sex Police are monitoring their every move and waiting for them to slip up. When Jon does slip, the Sex Police spring into action and Suzie and Jon find they have now drawn lines in the sand that must be crossed…but Jon and Suzie will need allies.
Written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky, Sex Criminals Volume 2: Two Worlds, One Cop continues the award winning series. Following Sex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick, Sex Criminals 2: Two Worlds, One Cop continued to receive praise from critics and was also included with the first trade in a collected edition called Big Hard Sex Criminals.
The flow of Sex Criminals is a bit weird. When you look at these ten issues as a whole, not much happened. It is this weird flow of time (which ironic ties in with the “power” of Jon and Suzie) which makes this comic work…it isn’t a comic about action, action, action.
The series started out as weird heist series, but this volume almost turns it into a war and superhero comic. The writing is still filled with a lot of laughs, but Fraction smartly is spreading out some of the characters so that Jon and Suzie don’t entirely own the comic themselves. This volume does more with Jon and Suzie’s friends Rachel and Robert and starts to dive into the lives of the Sex Police as well.
It is the diversification that helps the comic but also hurts it. I felt volume one was a bit more concise and plot driven while this volume jumps around even more. The big events include Jon’s robbing of the sex police, the tearing down of the library, and Ana joining the group…it seems like not much for an entire volume…and it is mixed with the sex problems of Suzie and Jon.
I do enjoy Zdarsky’s art. I do sometimes with he did something stylistically to know when a flashback was occurring. Sometimes the book jumps about so much I don’t realize that I’m reading something that occurred before the “main” story or simply before the events of the issue. A coloring difference or even rounded corners or something on the panels might help.
Sex Criminals is a fun book regardless of its small flaws. It is fun, weird, and different than most of the books out there. If you haven’t checked it out and are an adult who reads comics, you should. Sex Criminals is worth getting, the series is a quick read, but fulfilling. Sex Criminals 2: Two Worlds, One Cop is followed by Sex Criminals 3: Three the Hard Way.