Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s series thrusts forward this month with an origin story for the second protagonist. It’s a fantastic juxtaposition to last month’s adventure. Hilarious, poignant, and an absolute joy to read, “Sex Criminals” continues to be a hit. You’ll be touched in more ways than one, and you get to take a trip to “Cumworld.” What more could you ask for?
I approached the second issue of this series with minor trepidation, worried that Fraction and Zdarsky wouldn’t be able to stick the landing after their killer first issue. However, I’m happy to report that my worries were in vain, as this issue is absolutely stellar.
The book takes a step forward by taking a step back. This month begins with Suzie and Jon in the bank. Giving us a hint of our current predicament before rocketing us back to the pivotal moment after our heroes first boned.
Fraction takes us back through Jon’s “cuming” of age story. His sexual awakening is just as hilarious as Suzie’s, and it has all of the subtle differences being from the perspective of a guy. Jon’s hilarious term for his power “Cumworld” tells you everything you need to know about his perspective.
The issue is deeply rooted in character moments for both Jon and Suzie. Their relationship evolves through sincerity. Fraction displays two characters who find solace in one another. They are afraid that if they were to stop talking, the other may disappear. It’s a beautiful thing. There is a hint of superficiality to their relationship through the pursued passion of sex, which hints that the relationship may not work out in the future.
Zdarsky’s art continues to be one of a kind. His cartoonish depiction of these heavy sexual situations reminds me of after midnight adult cartoons. His ability to channel sexual energy onto the page while also zeroing in on facial features makes you feel as if you are sitting in on an intimate moment. The awkward feeling fades almost right away.
The art eases you in and makes you feel comfortable. Even if you are watching a big nosed teenage boy discover masturbation. To top it all off, the work in “Cumworld” both its depiction and the location itself are the highlight of the issue. The moment in which Jon finds himself trespassing with an erection gives way to one of the best panels of the month, as Jon rockets around the building we see his path and his multiple roadblocks on the way to his escape – its brilliant.
The dire straights that begin the issue also close it out. There is something more to the events inside the bank that Fraction isn’t giving us entirely. An antagonist looms. There are people who can seemingly pass into “Cumworld” with Jon and Suzie, and that doesn’t bode well for the future.
“Sex Criminals” continues to be a modern classic. The candid look at sexuality combined with razor sharp dialogue and impeccable art make every single page an absolute joy to read. You’ll never feel dirty as you pound through the book, but you may find yourself adjusting your pants a few times. This is tantalizing stuff.
Rating 4.5/5 Skulls.
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