Sunday, 8 February 2015

Just the Tips Review (Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky)


Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals has arguably the most unusual and varied array of readers’ letters at the back of each issue. All are sex-related letters of embarrassing and funny stories, questions, jokes, and so on. 

Just the Tips collects a number of these into one hardcover coffee table book. It’s all here from True Tales of Finding Porn to True Tales of First Times, Ask The Sexperts, and Sex Tips, including some new material like the Fraction/Zdarsky written/drawn Hot Positions, Movie Reviews of the movies featured in the comic’s sex shop, Cumworld, like Hard-On Fink, Pick Up Lines and Dirty Talk. 

Some are amusing, some fall flat, and more than a few are just meh. As you’d expect from a book made up of letters, the book is mostly text with a few line drawings thrown in every now and then. It’s nicely laid out though. It’s also not at all necessary to read this to understand the main series comics - this is instead an oddball spinoff. 

I’m a huge Sex Criminals fan but Just the Tips is a very one-note kind of book that’s fine for picking up for a few pages while on the loo, but not that great to read like you would a normal book. It’s basically just a joke novelty/gag gift for Sex Crimz fans.

Just the Tips

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