Suzie and Jon may have found someone else they can trust who can enter The Quiet, Jon struggles saying the ‘L’ word and the threat of the Sex Police is looming ever-present. Is it good?
Sex Criminals #10 (Image Comics)
Right off the bat, Sex Criminals continues to impress with how relatable Suzie and Jon are as characters. Jon is trying therapy to combat his depression, and his descriptions of being detached from the world will hit home for a lot of people. Fraction kills it with the writing here, too: “It’s okay not being okay. What’s not okay is being okay with it.”
I mean, we’ve all been there, right fellas? You try to tell your best gal you love her, but all you can muster is a meek “I like it when you cup my balls.”
Meanwhile, the meat and potatoes of this issue centers around getting Dr. Kincaid up to speed with what the Sex Police is doing and staging a three-way entrance into The Quiet. Only, Kincaid doesn’t quite enter The Quiet in quite the same way, adding another layer to this whole mess that should pay off later on.
The Sex Police do make an appearance here, albeit briefly and at the end. It serves as the cliffhanger for this issue, which is fine, but I would like to see more progression being made on that front. I’m all for the personable bits with Jon’s psyche and his relationship with Suzie, but the overarching plot thus far has been very slow moving.
Chip Zdarsky continues to do well with the artwork in Sex Criminals. The characters have emotive faces that easily convey what they’re feeling. He also incorporates things like phone screenshots seamlessly into his art style, giving it a very contemporary and, again, relatable feel. There is basically no action in this issue, but his depiction of Kincaid’s entrance into The Quiet is purdy.
Other than that, well, what more can you really say about Sex Criminals? It’s funny, it’s simultaneously a light read and introspective, and there are more illustrated dicks and vaginas than you ever thought you’d see outside of an anatomy textbook. The background gags hold up here, too: Given what I know about the internet, I really don’t think I want to read “Rule 34 Shades of Grey.”
Is It Good?
There’s plenty more to love in this issue of Sex Criminals: it’s chock-full of laughs, introspection, background gags and the eensiest bit of plot development to keep you wondering what’s going to be happening next. If you’re not reading this book, start.