Sex Criminals, Vol.3: Three The Hard Way
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Sequential Art,
Comedy, Science Fiction
Release Date: June 21st 2016
Page Count: 132
Warning: May contain spoilers if you have not read Sex Criminals Volume 1 & 2.
Okay. This was fucking hilarious…excuse my french. I don’t think I’ve giggled that hard while reading anything in recent memory.
The story basically picks up where we left of at the end of the second volume. Suzie and Jon have discovered that they are not the only two people who can freeze time when they climax. Yeah, you read that right, Sex Criminals is a comic about people that can literally stop time when they orgasm. The premise alone was quirky enough to get me to pick up the first volume almost 3 years ago now, but I can assure you that there is so much more to this story than a great premise.
It’s hilarious and honestly one of the funniest comics I have ever read. On top of that, there are also a few more serious moments in which Jon and Suzie deal with relationship issues and moral dilemmas.
In typical Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky fashion, we get a little bit of fourth wall breaking hilarity. In one amazing scene Chip Zdarsky actually illustrates a conversation between himself and Matt Fraction in which they are discussing how a scene is going to play out and it is literally comedic gold. I’ve never seen that done within a comic before.
While this volume felt a bit like a filler, to connect a few story lines and introduce new characters, it made up for it in honest to goodness comical genius. This volume introduces a new mysterious character. The only thing that we know about her is that she’s asexual and that she has a bit of a chip on her shoulder. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything with asexual representation before, so that should be exciting in upcoming issues/volumes.
Also, am I the only one that felt as though this volume was a lot more rated R than previous issues? I mean…maybe it was just me but, there was a lot more full frontal this time around right?!
This comic series is definitely one to read if you’re looking for a few laughs mixed in with some serious drama. Sex Criminals, Volume 1 was the first ever comic bind-up I had ever purchased and read and it definitely paved the way for my current comic and graphic novel obsession. I can’t wait to continue with this series!