A comiXologist Recommends:
Mike Isenberg recommends Sex Criminals
by mattfractionblog and zdarsky
My recommendation for this week is Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky. And if I said that I wasn’t the least bit worried that recommending this book might make me look like some sort of a pervert or weirdo, I’d be lying. So it’s a testament to just how good the book is that I’m writing this recommendation anyways. And it definitely speaks to one of the major themes of the series, and exactly what makes Sex Criminals such a refreshing and interesting read.
Let’s get the basic premise out of the way, first. The book is about a woman named Suzie with the strange ability to freeze time around herself whenever she orgasms. When she meets a man, Jon, who has the same ability, they decide to use their power to go on a bank-robbing spree in order to save a library from foreclosure.
What makes Sex Criminals such a great read is the way it handles its subject matter (namely: sex and sexuality). It’s easy to see how the same premise, in the hands of lesser creators, could have been used to tell a titillating and exploitative story. Instead, Fraction and Zdarksy have used it to tell a deeply personal and human story of sexual awakening and discovery, in an incredibly funny, irreverent, and entertaining way.
Before they meet, Suzie and Jon both assume that they are alone in their orgasmic time-freezing ability. We see them as adolescents and young adults, trying to learn about their sexuality, and finding a world that doesn’t want to talk about it. While the rest of us may not have sexual super-powers, the story is nevertheless extremely relatable. The taboo around sexual discussion keeps people uninformed, confused, and ashamed about an intrinsic part of their own humanity. Sex Criminals tears away this taboo like a band-aid that has outstayed its welcome. And the way it does it is both endearing and laugh-out-loud funny.
Sexuality is universal, and yet so rarely is it openly discussed. It’s treated as a secret, something to talk about in whispers and keep in darkness. Sex Criminals shines a light on that darkness in a new and unique way. And standing in that light, I’m happy to recommend this book without hesitation. Go check it out!
This is awesome. ryanottley is awesome. You know what else is awesome? This Iron Fist Sale that’s going on right now. And this things got a bundle so if saving 56% is your kinda thing, then today is lookin’ pretty rad.
mattfractionblog + Ed Brubaker + David Aja + Matt Hollingsworth =
You know when you wake up, and the week feels like it couldn’t possibly get any longer, but then you realize it’s #NewComicDay and everything is going to be alright? Today is one of those days. Here are my picks for the week:
Saga vol. 3 - So much insanity happened in this last arc that I really can’t wait to go back and re-read all of it. If you’re one of the few that hasn’t jumped on the Saga bandwagon, now is a good chance to get all the way caught up before the new issue comes out in May. PS luv u oswald d heist.
Thor: God of Thunder #20 - Did you see how #19 ended?!?! Who’s ready to see Old Thor vs. Galactus. This guys is. That’s who!
Sex Criminals #5 -I’ll be the first to admit SexCrims4 fell a bit flat for me, but I just finished reading #5 and I guess the refractory period is over #ifyaknowwhatimsayin
Zero #6 - Ugh, just read Zero already, will ya? I can’t explain it, just take my word for it. And pay close attention TO EVERYTHING.
Ms. Marvel #2 - gwillow has the next comic book juggernaut on her hands, i tell u what. Issue #1 was so much fun, I can’t wait to read #2.
Letter 44 #5 - I heard so much buzz when this book first came out, but haven’t heard much since, but let me tell you something… THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLE! It’s only 5 issues in so you can go and get caught up during your lunch break or something. Go!
According to the 3146947845647563847 posts on dash about it, it’s apparently Pi Day, so go out and spend an irrational (and non-repeating) amount of money on some great Image comics we’ve got for a Pi Day Sale!
Alex + Ada #1 = 99¢
Black Science #1 = 99¢
EGOs #1 = 99¢
Manhattan Projects vol. 1 = $3.99
Manhattan Projects vol. 2 = $3.99
Manhattan Projects vol. 3 = $9.99
Nowhere Men vol. 1 = $7.99
Mara = $9.99
Change (by aleskot) = $2.99
The Five Fists of Science (by mattfractionblog and about TESLA!) = $4.99
and MORE SCIENCEY COMICS for cheap!
If you haven’t purchased Sex Criminals #4 it was just recently reduced on Comixology. Get to it, Brimpers.
The best day of the week is back again! It’s #NewComicDay! Here’s some of the books we’re looking forward to reading most this week:
Saga #18 - The end of the arc! Our heroes’ stay on Quietus comes to and end! Oh man, what is going to happen!?!
Guardians of the Galaxy #11.NOW - Jumping on point!! THE TRIAL OF JEAN GREY - When an alien race discovers that the original Jean Grey is back on Earth, they decide to hold her accountable for the acts of the Dark Phoenix, and it’s up to the Guardians to help the X-Men save her.
Adventure Time 2014 Winter Special - It’s winter time in the land of Ooo! Join your favorite characters in a collection of short stories as they embrace the cold! Snow, sweaters, and chilling adventures!
Inhumanity #2 - Written by Matt Fraction! Medusa’s kingdom is destroyed, her king is dead and her people’s population just increased exponentially. Everything is different—how can she possibly deal with it all?
Lost At Sea 10-Year Anniversary Edition - Raleigh doesn’t have a soul. A cat stole it - or at least that’s what she tells people - or at least that’s what she would tell people if she told people anything. But that would mean talking to people, and the mere thought of social interaction is terrifying. How did such a shy teenage girl end up in a car with three of her hooligan classmates on a cross-country road trip? Being forced to interact with kids her own age is a new and alarming proposition for Raleigh, but maybe it’s just what she needs - or maybe it can help her find what she needs - or maybe it can help her to realize that what she needs has been with her all along.
Li’l Sonja - Li’l Sonja is a warrior girl who travels the lands testing her mettle against monsters big and small, a younger pluckier version of the famous She-Devil With a Sword. When Li’l Sonja encounters a town plagued by eccentric bandits, she needs to figure out the pattern behind the thefts and bring the baddies to justice. No task is too tough for our crimson-haired hero. And if that isn’t enough, each Li’l book comes with a two-page activity sheet!
Superior Spider-Man #26 - Goblin Nation Prelude! The Green Goblin vs. The Original Hobgoblin! Plus: That thing that happened at the end of #25… That thing that raised all of those questions… You don’t have to wait any longer. You’ll get your answers THIS ISSUE! Honest.
Batman: The Dark Knight #27 - Batman will stop at nothing to shut down the Penguin, who has forced Gotham City’s illegal immigrants into slave labor.
Worlds’ Finest: Annual #1 - In one of their first adventures together, Earth 2’s Supergirl and Robin team up to face their world’s Wonder Woman.