Suzie and Jon have a superpower, but it’s not necessarily one that you can talk about out loud.
Whenever Suzie or Jon achieve *THAT* certain level of satisfaction, time stops around them. Both discovered this gift at an early age.
Suzie and Jon meet and decide that it’s time to put their superpower to good use — by robbing banks. Of course, what the two hadn’t considered is there might be a group of people with a similar power who want to put a stop to their hijinx — no, not the sex, but the robbing banks. It seems there is a group known as the sex police.
Unabashedly bawdy, frank and totally original Sex Criminals will have you laughing out loud one page and causing you to think on the next. One of my major complaints these days with comics is the over-stylized art used in them. Thankfully, Sex Criminals goes for a realistic art style that makes it easy to identify characters from issue to issue and allows for a lot of in-jokes and Easter eggs among its panels.
Jon develops his power at the local sex shop and the backgrounds there are full of in-jokes and little asides that will have you stopping to admire the humor and the art work.
This edition collects the first five issues of the Sex Criminals comic. And if you’re like me, once the last page is turned you’ll be curious and eager to see more of what develops for Jon and Suzie. Easily one of the most enjoyable comic collection I’ve read in a long time, this one gets high marks for its witty, unique take on its subject matter, without descending to what many of took as mature when we were in middle school (aka gratuitous nudity and swearing). Yes, there is nudity and there is swearing, but it never feels gratuitous.
Here’s hoping the next issue hits comic stores soon so I can enjoy the next chapter in Jon and Suzie’s adventures.
In the interest of full disclosure, I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.