Title: Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop
Author: Matt Fraction
Artist: Chip Zdarsky
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Year: 2015
Rating: 5/5 stars
WARNINGS: The comic is called Sex Criminals. Mature audiences only.
You guys… I love Sex Criminals so hard . Why do I love Sex Criminals so hard? Well, you could check out my review of Volume 1 for details, but we should probably examine some evidence from Volume 2 as well.
Exhibit 1: Realistic portrayal of relationships (except for the time-stopping orgasms bit). Once you get past the thrill and excitement of meeting someone who sets all your nerves on fire, after the sex haze clears, you have to face the fact that the other person.. is, you know, a PERSON. People are complicated and make mistakes and piss you off. At the end of Volume 1, Jon and Suzie had successfully escaped the Sex Police after them for using their time-stopping orgasm powers to rob banks. Now they have to face each other. It gets messy.
Exhibit 2: Realistic portrayal of mental health problems (except the part where meds literally turn you into a Ken doll-crotched ghost). Jon is living with several mental health issues: ADHD, ODD, and (I think) OCD. Jon goes on and off medication, tries to power through his issues with will power and some really messed-up coping strategies, and cycles through therapists. His struggles take a toll on his life and relationships in a way that, based on my own experiences with mental health issues, is pretty spot on.
Exhibit 3: Useful information about birth control. Just saying… Planned Parenthood should consider license Robert Rainbow, comic’s sexiest gynecologist, for some pamphlets on birth control and safe sex.
Exhibit 4: Useless sex advice. Each issue contains sex advice from author Matt and Chip. It’s the worst (and most hilarious). A brief selection for your enjoyment.
- “LADIES! Looking to blow his mind in bed? Invent a time machine in bed.”
- “Try blindfolding and restraining your love in bed so they can’t come stab your eyes out when they hear you refer to them as ‘lover'”
- “Shower sex is great because you can fantasize that you’re having sex out in the rain, but the rain is hot because these are the End Times.”
- If you’re looking for more advice to spice up your sex life, there is a book. They called it Just the Tips. I can’t even with how amazing that is.
There’s so much more, but I have to save something to gush about with my review of Volume 3! If you’re someone who likes things that are a fun and dirty and sexy and ridiculous, give Sex Criminals a try!