Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sex Criminals #6 Review (Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky)


“Uh oh. Honeymoon’s over” says Jon, and, while he’s referring to a bump in his relationship with Suzie, he could well be referring to Sex Criminals #6, which sees a surprising dip in quality as Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky return for the next part in their sex/comedy crime drama. 

Gone are the nutty, rambling intros - though thankfully the brilliant letters pages have been kept - and the musical numbers etc; now we have Jon telling us his mental problems. Ooo, buzzkill. 

So they got away with it! They robbed the bank, escaped the sex police, and were able to save Suzie’s library from foreclosure. That’s the end of their story right - end of the series? Nope. The sex police are closing in just as Jon’s various mental disorders are flaring up. 

Sex Criminals #6 is definitely not a bad comic and I do get it - it’s a character issue, fleshing out Jon’s under-developed character - but this new direction of Jon telling us about his shingles, hypochondria and other maladies is not a great one, especially in comparison to the wonderful story that preceded it. 

I suppose though that if you suffer, or have suffered, from paranoia, anxiety etc. then this issue will be meaningful to you, and it does provide an insight to those of us who have no experience with these problems as to what it’s like living with said problems. Also, though I’m sure most of you already know this, NEVER EVER use WebMD to self-diagnose - that site will drive you crazy like it did Jon who discovered that he had CancerAIDS! 

Zdarsky’s art is as top notch as ever and Sex Criminals remains a stunningly good looking comic. But, like Jon, this series needs to get a grip! It finds a story by the end of the issue though so I guess this was a setup issue. Hopefully the next comic will see a return to the high quality that we’ve all come to expect from the series. 

Well, it had to happen - after five stellar issues, Sex Criminals puts out a mediocre one. Hey guys, remember Cumworld? Can we… can we go back there? Remember brimping? Heh. Guys… ?

Sex Criminals #6

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