Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Chip Zdarsky
Sex Criminals is always an adventure. I’m never really sure what to expect. Orgasms essentially stopping time so that crimes can be committed while going undetected. Well, from the public. There’s no hiding from the Sex Police. They know about every orgasm. They can follow you around like your orgasm activates a secret GPS system. Despite there being obvious fictitious circumstances surrounding sex, there is always some factual information.
I never thought I’d say it but Sex Criminals is somewhat educational. The guys that read this book get a nice inside look at what it’s like to go to a gynecologist. Well, sort of. Matt Fraction did write in something that I’ve never heard of happening inside the examination room. I’m sure most of you are assuming sex took place, because well, porn and erotica has led people to believe that it’s a frequent occurrence. Fraction also included some legit facts about birth control. So I guess this would fall under the “learning is FUNdamental” cliche shared with us in classrooms.
Fraction also gave a glimpse into the world of BDSM and fetishes in this issue. Honestly I’m a little surprised it’s not in the book more often. I did like the fact that “it was consensual and planned” was added into the text. It’s not something most people would think to include, but an important factor. Fraction does have people committing crimes after they orgasm. That in itself would be classified as a fetish by some. Although if anyone tried that in real life they’d get caught.
The main focus of this issue however showed us a different side of Jon and Suzie. Their relationship, like many others, is far from perfect. There are issues that need to be taken care of like any other relationship. This meant I didn’t get to see what of my favorite aspects of Chip Zdarsky’s art. The color and look of his panels when they’re in The Quiet are one of my favorite aspects of the book. This issue was missing that, but I’m sure Zdarsky will make up for it in the next issue. His panels to go along with our contraceptive lesson were mildly entertaining illustrations of their use. It just wasn’t the same.
Sex Criminals is a book I continue to enjoy with each issue. I’m never really sure what to expect each time I open it up. Fraction always manages to make me laugh at things most would find inappropriate. Then again my mind lives in the gutter more often than not. This issue wasn’t what I expected in comparison to previous releases. The ending really caught me off guard and is a great cliffhanger. I’m sure Fraction has something big in store for us.
“Sex Criminals #8” earns 8/10