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Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick (2014)

av Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky (Illustratör)

Serier: Sex Criminals (1-5)

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"Suzie's just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we'd ALL do: rob a couple banks. A bawdy and brazen sex comedy for comics begins here!"--Publisher's web site.… (mer)
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An original idea: when Suzie has an orgasm, time stops and everything freezes except for Suzie who can move freely in this frozen world. Teh same for Jon. They meet and make love, and are astonished when they find they can share this frozen world. Much of the plot involves what they do during this suspended time. Sounds good, but unfortunately, it was pretty dull. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Yes, they were keggels. That's a great line in a wild love story. This was fun to read now I want to read what happens next. ( )
  Kurt.Rocourt | Jun 14, 2021 |
Sex Criminals is a bit of a phenomenon. It’s one of those books that I heard a lot about before I ever got around to reading it – the reprint covers in particular were everywhere on Tumblr, so I saw every variation a good million times. Luckily, the hype is actually justified in this case, probably because the story is far deeper and more nuanced than the raunchy joke it seems to be.

Volume One of Sex Criminals tells the story of Suzie and Jon, who meet at a party and hook up, only to discover that both share the completely bizarre ability to freeze time when they orgasm. Naturally, they decide to use this ability to rob a bank. What that summary doesn’t tell you is that Suzie and Jon are both carefully drawn, believably human and full of heartbreaking flaws.

One of the first things Suzie reveals as she narrates her story is that her father is dead, murdered by a gunman. As far as her childhood goes, things don’t get better from there. Her mother quickly sinks into alcoholism and Suzie uses her ability to freeze time as an escape from the world.

As for Jon, he seems less troubled at first until it becomes clear that he uses his abilities to act out in anger against the world, oftentimes in petty or childish ways. Heavy stuff, all of it, and yet the book is still incredibly funny. In fact, I’d argue that one of the main reasons the comedy works so well is that leavening of darkness, which makes the characters seem that much more real.

Zdarsky and Fraction might have been content with telling a fractured romance story with a few sci-fi overtones, but they clearly felt like that wasn’t nearly enough. Instead, they include things like an extended sequence where the lyrics to Queen’s “Fat-Bottomed Girls” are hidden behind apologetic notes because they couldn’t actually get the rights. Additionally, the sci-fi elements ramp up over the course of this first arc and we are given hints that there is a larger world of sexual absurdity surrounding Jon and Suzie’s more personal connection.

The art is great throughout – unique without being overly stylized or distracting – and the writing is hilarious and affecting in equal measure. I can’t wait to read more of Sex Criminals; I’m just sad that I’ll catch up to the current issue very quickly, and then who knows how long I’ll have to wait to read more. This is, of course, the downside of creator-owned comic books nowadays: they can and do publish whenever they feel like it, even if that means months between issues.

Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Net Galley. ( )
  unsquare | Feb 16, 2021 |
Only took me two months to carve out the time to read this, and holy hell am I kicking myself now. Sex Criminals (Volume One: One Weird Trick) by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky is a weird mix of a poignant come-of-aging tale, a romance, a crime thriller, and a debauched comedy. On the surface level, it’s about two people, Suzie and Jon, who have the ability to freeze time when they have sex. They decide (obviously) to then rob banks. But Sex Criminals also touches on self-discovery, sexual awareness, healthy relationships, sex positivity, and dealing with the effects of mild-altering medication. The art’s great, and it’s very much worth your time.

If nothing else, it’s going to make you really introspective about your masturbatory habits.


The story is told primarily from Suzie’s perspective, from early pubescence through to adulthood, with Suzie often times speaking directly to the camera, narrating her own backstory. She and Jon (basically the only two fully-fleshed out characters in the story) are both really well-written, believably complex, with relatable insecurities and great on-panel chemistry. Their relationship is good, but still has kinks and issues that they struggle to work through (or ignore). Drama, yes, but not hyperbolic excesses. Nuance, je t'aime.

The artwork is pretty, beautifully-colored, and the backgrounds just hold a never-ending font of pornographic pop culture jokes. (Seriously, a Barton Fink parody?) The plot moves at a pleasurable tempo, though Volume One is still mostly setting up the characters and relationships - if there’s a Big Picture plot, we’ve yet to see much of it.

It’s fun, witty, indifferent to taboos, and weirdly hopeful. There’s someone out there who gets you, it almost screams. Learning how adulthood works is hard. There aren’t many guides, and those you find are just as likely to be wrong. You’ll have to do most of the work yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

(And a belated thanks to the wonderful Lydia Rogue for recommending it to me, many moons ago…) ( )
  pvoberstein | Dec 14, 2020 |
So the premise made me laugh, the art is totally gorgeous, I like the fast-paced dialogue and how the characters interact, but if you think it's sex-positive then you're doing sex-positive wrong.

The scene that made me dislike this book is when Suzie is looking up Jon's favourite porn star, Jazmine St. Cocaine, on the internet. She says, "It doesn't say which of her uncles touched her.", implying that all sex workers must get into the job because they've been abused in the past, which is such a tired and judgmental stereotype that frankly surprised me given that Suzie seemed to me like a relatively sex-positive character so far. After her comment, in a fourth-wall-breaking moment, the photo of the porn star on the internet starts to call Suzie out on her comment, saying that she's a real person who doesn't deserve to be shamed or insulted. So at this point I'm thinking, oh, okay, Matt Fraction is aware of the negative issues surrounding sex workers and is making a point! BUT NO. Suzie closes the laptop, interrupting the woman defending herself against her ignorant BS, and says, "Jesus, god, you called yourself 'Jazmine St. Cocaine.' Taking a little shit was inevitable--". Yes, that's right, it's the sex worker's fault that Suzie feels so okay about assuming abuse. If only she'd picked a more respectable porn star name, maybe people would stop shaming and abusing her! Plus the line about child abuse was so flippant - like it's less horrible if someone was a abused as a child because she grew up to become a sex worker.
It was such an incredibly negative moment in this book. Fraction even shows that he understands some of the issues facing sex workers and the stigma attached to their jobs because of slut-shaming and the assumptions we make about people who choose sex work, and then says THEY DON'T MATTER BECAUSE WHAT A STUPID PORN NAME AMIRITE? There was almost some self-awareness and fighting of stigma and societal barriers against the freedom to choose whatever we want for our bodies, which would have fit in so nicely with the rest of this book, but instead it just went along with treating sex workers like dirt because it's the status quo and played off as a joke.

The rest of the book includes some positive moments as well as some more subtle sex-negativity. I wanted to like it, but I can't like anything that shows female sexuality in a positive light while turning around and perpetuating ignorant and dangerous stereotypes about women who use that sexuality in a different way. Suzie is an independent woman with ownership over her body, who has sex frequently with different partners and that is portrayed as a good thing. The instant a woman chooses to get paid for it though, nope. She's a slut and deserves ridicule.

No thank you. ( )
  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
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"Suzie's just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we'd ALL do: rob a couple banks. A bawdy and brazen sex comedy for comics begins here!"--Publisher's web site.

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