SEX CRIMINALS: It Came, It Saw, It Conquered
Posted on March 13, 2014 by Jennifer de Guzman
Hit comic book series collected in first trade paperback
It was welcomed into the world at a release party held at a sex club, where the writer had his nipple pierced on stage and the artist wore a Garfield suit. It was banned by Apple. Its first issue was reprinted six times (and counting!). It was Time’s best comic book of the year. Not bad for a little comic book about two people who can stop time when they have sex and turn to a life of crime. SEX CRIMINALS by Matt Fraction (SATELLITE SAM, Hawkeye) and Chip Zdarsky (Prison Funnies) is the title everyone has been talking about, and with its first trade paperback collection, One Weird Trick, due out in April, its audience is set to grow… and grow… and grow.
Suzie was all alone in what she calls “the quiet” until she met Jon, who has a decidedly less poetic name for the place where time freezes when they have sex. It’s all fun and games and rearranging the stock in the local porn shop until Suzie and Jon realize they can use their power for good — and start robbing banks.
Widely hailed for its sweet emotional core wrapped up in naughty hijinx and Zdarsky’s candy-colored art, SEX CRIMINALS isn’t just about sex. It’s about love, too. And sex. And robbing banks. And also about those mysterious figures who seem to be on to Suzie’s and Jon’s little coital trick.
SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME ONE will be in comic book stores on April 16 and in bookstores on April 29. It’s specially priced at $9.99, making it easy for new readers to jump onboard the hottest title of the year.
SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME ONE: ONE WEIRD TRICK by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
- ISBN 978-1-60706-946-1
- 136 pages, full color, paperback
- Collects SEX CRIMINALS #1-5
- In comic book stores April 16, bookstores April 29
- Available for pre-order now
Praise for SEX CRIMINALS:
“Fraction’s been having a very good year — his many other projects include the sleeper-hit superhero series Hawkeye — but this R-rated romp (about a bank-robbing couple whose orgasms can stop time) is his best work yet. It’s a precision-tuned screwball comedy on its surface, and that surface is gorgeous, thanks to Zdarsky’s ace sense of design and inventive color technique. But it’s also genuinely insightful about the ways sexuality shapes people, and it doubles as a love letter to analog media —one that happens to have been banned by the iTunes store.”
– Douglas Wolk, Time
“A sex comedy with a splash of crime thriller, the title is a fascinating examination of the pleasures and pitfalls of intimate relationships, using the central fantastic conceit as a metaphor for the way sex distances people but also, under the right circumstances, brings them together.”
– Oliver Sava, A.V. Club
“...there are some moments that are incredibly deep and moments that are deeply funny, and the art in this book is absolutely at least as multi-layered and interesting as the writing…. Buy it. Read it. Love it.”
– Jaydot Sloane, The Mary Sue
“...funny and imaginative, with a strong emotional core, and characters who, despite their fantastic power, are relatable, even lovable….”
– John Parker, Comics Alliance
“It's gleefully silly, it's deadly serious, it's whip-smart, and you don't need to take a shower afterwards.”
– Greg McElhatton, Comic Book Resources
“There is nothing mean in the narrative of this book; no one – not even the “dirty girls at school” – is really denigrated or played as a stereotype…. The sexual politics and experiences ring absolutely true, right down to the tone of the first date between Suzie and Jon. None of their flirtiness, their attraction to each other, or their experience of the shared bond of their special power seems forced or stilted. These two would have been together even if they didn’t have a super-power, and they’re both enormously likeable, very real characters.”
– Ian Dawe, Sequart
More of Sex Criminals
Sex Criminals #10
January 28, 2015
In which Jon and Suzie learn just how alone together we all are, and the stakes get raised crazy-high in this, the second arc finale. By MATT FRACTION (CASANOVA, ODYC, SATELLITE SAM) and just a great big bunch of C.H.U.D.s with photoshop or something.
Sex Criminals #9
December 10, 2014
Suze and Jon meet Ana. Or rather, meet Ana AGAIN. Or should we say, meet...Ms. Jazmine St. Cocaine AGAIN. Did we just put those words in that order in PREVIEWS? Yes. Yes we did. By MATT FRACTION (SEX CRIMINALS) and CHONNY ZDARKO (SEX CRIMINALS).
Sex Criminals #8
October 8, 2014
Jon and Suzie have had to deal with a whole lot in their time together but nothing can prepare them for...Robert Rainbow. Actually he's a pretty cool guy. And that's the problem. Come along and laff and love with the Eisner Awardnominated SEX CRIMINALS by MATT FRACTION (SATELLITE SAM, HAWKEYE) and special guest artist CHIP ZDARSKY (SPAWN*, THE WALKING DEAD*) *avid reader of
Sex Criminals #7
August 13, 2014
Jon breaks into Kegelface’s house and oh my golly what on EARTH do you think he finds there. Not only are our beloved Sex Criminals not alone...they’re not unwatched, either. And Suzie learns once and for all the fate of her precious library.
Sex Criminals #6
June 18, 2014
TIME MAGAZINE’S COMIC OF THE YEAR RETURNS WITH ITS SECOND STORYLINE! After their narrow getaway from the Sex Police, Jon and Suzie are learning that this is “just the tip” of a massive iceberg. And what happens after the rush of a new relationship fades? Are they in love, lust, like, or just lame? Sexy fun times returns: We missed you so much, brimpers.
Sex Criminals #5
March 19, 2014
The best part of a new relationship is the first three weeks, right? The rush of the new, the gravitational pull of the sudden other-ness in your life, the almost-illicit charge of nothing else mattering...and then it's time to pay the bills. Well, the honeymoon is over for the SEX CRIMINALS. Can Jon and Suzie survive Jon and Suzie?
Sex Criminals #4
January 8, 2014
She can seemingly control time and space with her...parts. She's as relentless a manhunter as law enforcement ever created. And by day she's no one you'd particularly notice, with her quiet suburban life and pleasant-enough job, but when the temporal dimension is used to break society's laws they call...HER. Jon and Suzie get in too deep way too fast as one little sexy fun party crime begets another and the villains of the piece descend. Turns out Jon and Suzie aren't the only ones after all…
Sex Criminals #3
November 20, 2013
How did these two end up in that bank, with those guns? Because they seemed like such nice kids, right? Well, THE SEX POLICE have the same questions and descend on Susie and Jon. And we get the rest of Jon's gory story — if you read ONE weird sex and time comedy comic this year, make sure it's "My Sexual Errors 1998 — Present!"
Sex Criminals #2
October 23, 2013
So who's the boy with the same sexy-time time-stopping gifts as Suzie? Meet Jon, who until last night thought he could freeze time with his junk. At long last not alone, what kind of horny hijinx will he and Suzie get up to together? What ANY of us would do if having sex stopped the whole world: We'd do crimes.
Sex Criminals #1
September 25, 2013
A SEX COMEDY FOR COMICS
Suzie's a normal girl with an extraordinary ability: when she has sex, she stops time. One night she meets Jon... who has the same gift. And so they do what any other sex-having, time-stopping, couple would do: they rob banks. In the vein of THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN and BRIDESMAIDS, Image Comics invites you to come along with MATT FRACTION (Hawkeye, SATELLITE SAM) and CHIP ZDARSKY (Prison Funnies, Monster Cops) for the series that puts the "comic" back in “comics” and the "sexy" back in “sex crimes.”