Just the title alone is a pretty good reason to get hooked with Sex #1. As subtlety is thrown out the window, a lot of effort has been made to keep the storytelling on point. This is an interesting psychological drama about an emotionally-flawed man searching for a missing connection in the gritty cityscape.
WRITTEN BY: Joe Casey
ART BY: Piotr Kowalski
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: March 6th, 2013
Simon Cooke is frustrated with his personal and business life. He is never satisfied with his decisions as he stubbornly chooses to take over his business. For the past seven years, Simon has deserted Saturn City and now he returns to a place that doesn’t want him. Bored by his business meetings and associates, Simon wants more than a steady cash flow into his wealthy bank account. The seedy underbelly of Saturn City calls out to Simon, urging him to satisfy his sexual fantasies.
Because the title is so eye-catching, writer Joe Casey has to do more for his story and makes sure the plotline is entertaining enough for readers. You are going to reread the issue a couple of times because Casey doesn’t spell everything out and leaves room for interpretation. It took me the second time to realize the protagonist used to be a superhero and gave it all up. Originally, I thought this was a dark character study of a damaged man who is so tired of his previous life. During the night, he needs his thrills to let loose, but there is so much more involved.
In case you were wondering, there are sex bits in this issue, but not a whole lot. While the sex scenes are going on, Simon flashes back to a tragic event in his life. You can look at these scenes two different ways. Readers can see the protagonist as a mental case, who has a lot of serious psychological problems. Or, readers can see Simon as a tragically-flawed character, who may never get his chance at redemption.
For the sex bits, artist Piotr Kowalski handles the depiction tastefully. Kowalski’s illustrations never drift into pornography because he is depicting a provocative vibe. The panels are completely rich in patterns and primary colors. As Simon enters the sex den, Kowalski does something great visually with the strobe light effects from the disco ball. Readers will be in awe as to how much detail is involved with the two-pager.
The colors by Brad Simpson definitely make Kowalski’s imagery pop out. The futuristic Saturn City is divided into sexual categories for those with expensive and cheap tastes. The rich side of Saturn City is glowing in yellow hues, while the kinkier side is drowned out in purple and pink shades. Readers can also analyze why some particular words of Casey’s dialogue are emphasized in orange and blue tones.
For those looking for dazzling art and an interesting psychological drama, then definitely pick up “Sex #1.” Readers will have to wait and see if the “Sex” series is something more than a catchy title.
Reviewed by – Jorge Solis