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Sex Criminals #3 - My Sexual Errors and Misfortunes, 2001 - Present Review

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From awkward college encounters to encounters with the Sex Police. So, progress.

The Good

If you picked up the first two issues of SEX CRIMINALS and thought, "Fascinating, but there's really not enough sex. Or crime." -- issue #3 fixes that. There's a little less conversation, and a lot more action, of both the bedroom and bank-robbing varieties.

We've gotten enough backstory about Suzie and Jon, and the series is starting to delve into the bank robbery that opened the first issue. It's still a mystery where things are headed -- especially with the emergence of the Sex Police -- but it's an interesting ride.

Perhaps the greatest strength of SEX CRIMINALS is its honesty -- there's a confessional tone throughout, as Suzie and Jon share not only their sexual histories, but also their criminal plans. They're characters drawn in panels, but their all-day text conversation feels like it could be on our phones, and their sly smiles are Honest, too, is the tone taken by Fraction and Zdarsky as they insert themselves into the story, via caption boxes laid over speech balloons. Just as the readers have gotten a glimpse at Suzie' and Jon's secret worlds, they also get to peek at some friendly banter with the creators, making the comic feel just a hint less like a one-way medium. Engaging? You bet.

The Bad

There are a few abrupt cuts here and there -- like the shift from Jon's story to Suzie's fourth-wall-break that doesn't immediately register. It's not a deal breaker, but it prompts a quick re-read of a panel or two.

The Verdict

SEX CRIMINALS is one of the least predictable -- and most entertaining -- series in print right now. Compellingly human characters keep the series grounded, while kinky and absurd adventures drive the plot forward. The title alone sparks conversations about the book, but it's the antics of Suzie and Jon (and the hilarious references and jokes sprinkled throughout) that keeps them going.

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Posted by Kelevra216

I got the first issue free on Comixology right now. It's intriguing, heartfelt and hilarious at times. Will continue this... maybe in trade form (or gotta sacrifice some of the big two's titles) and look out for more Image books.

Posted by MideonNViscera

I definitely like this series, but I think next issue will decide whether to keep going. The first two issues were interesting because they showed each of them dealing with their power, but this one seemed to drag a bit. We already knew they'd get together, and the karaoke part was a complete waste of time. Fraction's author notes didn't make it less so.

That said, I wanna find out who these "bad" guys are and why their speech balloons are black.

Posted by danhimself

The musical number did it for me...I kind of want to get the trade just to see if it's unedited there

Posted by batpala

I've heard of this and I think I might pick it up. Are the women shown nude with odd proportions when it comes to the chest, or? I'm just wondering. Like I don't mind if they're naked, but the odd proportions will make me uncomfortable.

Posted by MideonNViscera

@batpala said:

I've heard of this and I think I might pick it up. Are the women shown nude with odd proportions when it comes to the chest, or? I'm just wondering. Like I don't mind if they're naked, but the odd proportions will make me uncomfortable.

I'm dying to hear your definition of odd proportions. They look like cartoons, btw haha

Posted by batpala

@mideonnviscera: Large ridiculous sized breasts basically. Trust me, as a big busted woman, it is not fun at all.

Posted by MideonNViscera

@batpala said:

@mideonnviscera: Large ridiculous sized breasts basically. Trust me, as a big busted woman, it is not fun at all.

Most of the nudity is porn actors. The main character is super normal.

Edited by batpala

@mideonnviscera: Okay! I'll make sure to take a look some time when I actually get my first paycheck from my new job. Thank you!

Edited by GrenadeFlow

Great issue, I think I was more interested in Fraction's explanation than the song itself lol.

I love the art.

Posted by kilomac29

I like this book, but is it an ongoing series? I feel like its a miniseries at best. This seemed a bit like filler already in issue #3. How long before the "sex is funny, hehe" premise gets old.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

I gotta say one thing about this issue. BEST. RECAP. EVER.

Posted by PeppeyHare

I like this book, but is it an ongoing series? I feel like its a miniseries at best. This seemed a bit like filler already in issue #3. How long before the "sex is funny, hehe" premise gets old.

It's an ongoing. (At least I think it is.)