Jon and Suzie’s whirlwind romance has had some pretty high stakes thus far, but can any young relationship survive the kind of madness they’ve been through?  (Lloyd and Diane, maybe?)  Your Major Spoilers review of Sex Criminals #8 awaits!

SexCriminals8SEX CRIMINALS #8
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Chip Zdarsky
Color Flatting: Becka Kinzie
Editor: Thomas K
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99

Previously in Sex Criminals:  Jon and Suzie are the titular Sex Criminals, a pair of young hedonists who discover that they’re not the ONLY ones who have the power to stop time when they orgasm.  Initially in it for the thrills, they quickly made a plan to rob HIS employer (a bank) to save her employer (a small, struggling library).  Their antics got the attention of a group who called themselves the Sex Police, who have a number of advantages over our ragtag couple, notably greater resources and a device that allows them to track those in what Suzie calls “The Quiet.”  Last issue, Jon finally went back on the medication for his ADD and other diagnosed issues, and the friction between them became unbearable.  What now?


“So… we’re taking a break,” says Suzie to open the issue, a panel that kicks me in the gut right out of the gate.  Suzie’s first half of the issue is a bit weird, as she explains to us, the readers, that she and Jon have agreed to spend some time sort of apart, then transitions into her visit with a new doctor (with a couple of pages of really good information regarding birth control methods, since she’s been having some issues with the pill).  She is totally into him, and even imagines him stripping for her before we discover something unusual about her lady-parts…  other than the whole “messin’ with the space/time continuum” business: Her cervix is textbook perfect, something that’s apparently unusual.  Let me say this: Nobody does awkward like ‘Sex Criminals’, and things get really unnerving before getting terribly awkward as Suzie asks him out.

What could possibly make this even more awkward?


Ohhh, everything, really.  Jon (who has given up on his therapist and had a very strange experience that may have netted him a new one) shows up, it turns out that Doctor Rainbow is an old friend of his, and has technically been part of the backstory of the book since the very beginning.  Since issue #1, Fraction and Zdarsky have kept me guessing with this book, and every time I think I’ve got the gist of what’s going on, they thrown another wrench in the works.  It’s maddening on the one hand, but the second half of this issue makes the kick of the first panel feel like a pleasant caress from your ex…  or… something.  Suffice to say that I don’t want to spoil it, but this is a pretty important turning point in the S.C. meta-narrative, and one that feels like nothing will ever be the same again.  Artistically, it’s a striking issue, not the least of which because our new character is so well designed, and because Jon’s possible new therapist looks REALLY familiar…


If you’ve been reading this book regularly, you’re aware of the madness that is Sex Criminals, and you might expect that there aren’t any surprises left in their bag of tricks.  You (and, to be honest, I) would be wrong…  Sex Criminals #8 is a great balance of funny, awkward, sad and touching, with a smidgen of heartbreak to spice it all up, earning a very impressive 4 out of 5 stars overall.  I don’t know what’s coming next, but I’m more than happy to come back next issue and find out…


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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