Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Chip Zdarsky
Once again Matt Fraction has sucked me into Sex Criminals. Between his writing and Chip Zdarsky’s artwork, it’s easy to see why Sex Criminals won the Eisner for Best New Series at San Diego Comic Con. Fraction has us all reading a book about people who can stop time when they orgasm. It always sounds crazy when you tell others. Everyone has the same facial expression. But once you convince them to read it, they get it.
When we left off in the last issue Jon was about to walk into Myrtle’s house, or Kegelface, as Jon so affectionately refers to her. This issue we find out “what happened.” Jon found a secret room filled with sex toys. There’s even a throne of dildos a la the Iron Throne. But made from dildos. More importantly, he finds a file cabinet that houses information about others like him and Suzie. This was all, of course, the highlight of the issue for me.
There’s also some background information on Jon and how he used Cumworld in his past. I like when Fraction shows us pieces of their past. Whether intentional or not it makes it so you can relate to the characters. Sure, we don’t have the ability to travel to Cumworld. Well, I’m assuming no one does. I have yet to see anyone coming forward with this ability. However, everyone can relate to coming to terms with their sexuality as a teen.
We also see Suzie repair her friendship with Rachel. It’s not how most people would approach fixing things with a friend, but it works well for them. Based on the first page of this issue, I expected things to play out differently with Suzie. I have my own predictions about what’s in store for her future, but I’m sure I’ll be proven wrong in later issues. I did like the way Zdarsky depicted her in close-up shots at the beginning while she’s complaining about her appearance and how she feels. I wish he would have kept that up through the entire issue. I also noticed that no one has pupils. I’m not sure how I had missed this detail up until now. I’ve also started looking at items in the background. They’re not really important to the story, but they’re still fun. My personal favourites are during Jon’s flashback.
Another great issue of a great book. Sex Criminals is entertaining and slightly disturbing at times. I’d venture to say that it takes an open mind to enjoy this book or maybe just a sense of humor. The more we learn about Jon and Suzie the more I want to read. Sure, there are a lot of unusual things taking place when it comes to the sex police, but it’s not the whole story. It’s said perfectly on the back cover of this issue, “for mature readers duh but it’s totally cool if someone’s just reading it to you I guess.”
“Sex Criminals #7” earns 8 / 10