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Sex Criminals, Volume 1: One Weird Trick (Sex Criminals #1)

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Suzie’s just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we’d ALL do: rob a couple banks. A bawdy and brazen sex comedy for comics begins here!

Collects SEX CRIMINALS #1-5.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Image Comics (first published April 16th 2014)
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Kat O'Keeffe
Aug 25, 2015 Kat O'Keeffe rated it liked it
More like 3.5 stars. I thought the concept was really cool and interesting, and I loved the art style, but I wasn't a huge fan of the characters. I didn't dislike them, I just didn't particularly like them. I am still interested in continuing this series though, because I did enjoy it, and I do really want to see what else happens with this premise.
Oct 25, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
This was...different.
It starts out like this coming-of-age story about the first time Suzie cleaned her fur coat.
Unlike the rest of us, she didn't just twitch and sigh.
Time stopped.
Of course, she assumes that's what happens to everyone when they rub one out, and spends a good portion of her adolescence trying to figure out how to delicately ask someone else how the whole clam digging/time stopping thing works.


By the time little Suzie grows up, she's finally figured out that this isn
Lola  Reviewer

I just feel like laughing right now. Although, not because what I just read was completely ridiculous. In the contrary, I’m surprised I didn’t find it ridiculous at all. Sure, it’s a bit strange, but fun, fun, fun. Plus, even though it may contain humour and some crazy passages, it is pretty serious in a way. It wasn’t written to be read with the attention you watch a parody.

It’s easy to like the main character. We see her as a kid, teen and then slowly becoming a woman. She changes of personali
Kat Stark
Feb 29, 2016 Kat Stark rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kat Stark by: 'kris Pung

Second Book: Sex Criminals, Vol. 2

Don't look at me like that. I know what you're thinking..."Why can you just watch/read porn on the internet like everyone else?"...the thing is this book is not about sex. Well, scratch that, it is, but it's not in a way you would think.

You see. This is about a girl named Suzie. Her father died and afterwards her mother became a distant drunk, so when she finally masturbates for the first time something happens. Something not normal and she has no one to turn t
Whitney Atkinson
Sep 05, 2016 Whitney Atkinson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Reread: August 2016
I reread this because I got volume 2 and wanted a refresher on what happens in this one, and it was still hilarious and entertaining! I love how this book isn't afraid to break the fourth wall, and the sex positivity in this was super refreshing and at times, hilarious.

July 2015
4.5 stars

This was hilarious in the most interesting way. Very different, very weird, very uncomfortable at times, but very well done.
Come… and read it!

This TPB edition collects the comic book “Sex Criminals” #1-5, along with extra section of “behind-the-scenes” stuff including a cover gallery.

Creative Team:

Writer: Matt Fraction

Illustrator: Chip Zdarsky


There were others after Craig, I’m not a nun.

I noticed that this comic book Sex Criminals was quite popular and good rated, so while I haven’t a clue about what was about, since I found it in my local comic book store, I thought giving it a chance to the
Steph Sinclair
Hey guys, so let's talk about sex for a minute. And that's not just me wanting to talk about sex, that's me saying, "hey let's talk about this book, which conveniently grants me a license to be slightly inappropriate in this review." Not that I need a license or anything, but I try to keep it toned to a respectable level since I'm about 70% sure my mom reads my reviews. I digress.

Every once in a while, I read something so far removed from what I usually read— like total extreme— and it's always
Wil Wheaton
Apr 27, 2014 Wil Wheaton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I think it's the best comic book of the year, and one of the best comic stories I've ever read.
Apr 30, 2016 Natalie rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels

Sex Criminals introduces Suzie, who can stop time when she has sex. This volume started out great with a really cool concept, but overall the story didn't do much for me. I wanted more of the main character, Suzie, without Jon.

The minute she meets him, Jon starts to show up everywhere— and I just wanted to focus on Suzie after a while.

And I was only really invested in Suzie’s parts from her childhood, so I started to feel disconnected when the volume shifted to the present situation.


2.5 stars

Dec 30, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing
Yeah. That title got my attention too.

I picked this up because Matt Fraction wrote it, and he's impressed me so far with most everything he's done. Plus the book came highly recommended.

Bizzare concept: Imagine if you could stop time when you had an orgasm.

That's it. Run with it. It's like a porno version of a classic twilight zone episode.

The comic is more than just clever though. It's good in pretty much every respect.

The only downside? It's hard to read this one in public without looking
Joe Valdez

A man in his mid-40s (let's call him "Joe") stands over the stove putting out a fire cooking dinner from a recipe for chicken afritada he learned an hour ago. He glances over at a guest in the living room. A female in her late 30s (let's call her "Rosario Dawson") hasn't taken her flats off. She circles the apartment and studies it as if seeing everything for the first time. Her gaze falls onto the bookshelf that takes up an entire wall.

ROSARIO: Have you actually rea
So the premise made me laugh, the art is totally gorgeous, I like the fast-paced dialogue and how the characters interact, but if you think it's sex-positive then you're doing sex-positive wrong.

The scene that made me dislike this book is when Suzie is looking up Jon's favourite porn star, Jazmine St. Cocaine, on the internet. She says, "It doesn't say which of her uncles touched her.", implying that all sex workers must get into the job because they've been abused in the past, which is such a t
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Sep 15, 2015 ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) rated it liked it
Recommended to ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) by: Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

Ugh. The dreaded meh review.

So. We all know why I read this right? Anna said "Suze and Jon can freeze time when they're having sex" and I said "my reputation is ruined anyway, I might as well add this."

You'll have to agree that this is a great premise. I mean, even if you're not into the whole sex with (view spoiler) a purpose thing (if you don't know what that is, just ask Liz , she'll be more than happy to enlighten you), you'll have to ad
Liz BooksandStuff
Aug 24, 2016 Liz BooksandStuff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gives you the sex education your school system failed to do, including not to slut shame and rape. This is an important book.

Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
Suze and Jon can freeze time when they're having sex.

Quite a cool trick right?

First of all, I can't deny that some parts just didn't work for me - not because there's too much sex, I mean, hey, the book's named Sex criminals so I had some clues that it would contain sex scenes. While I'm talking about it, I feel the urge to point that yes, there are a lot of sex in it and that's not for everyone. But that's not porn - sex criminals , remember?

The problem is that I often found myself not ful
Maxi ̖́-
Jun 15, 2016 Maxi ̖́- rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maxi ̖́- by: Booktube
2016 AtY Reading Challenge : A book you're embarrassed to read in public(not really but it's the only one I have with "sex" in the title).

*3.5 stars*

I've been wanting to read Sex Criminal since forever, I really can't say specifically why.
Maybe it's because I have sex on my mind quite a lot.

I got the italian edition and I really wished I didn't because the translation sucks pretty hard.

The first volume introduces us to Suzie, who can stop time when she has sex. The narration in her POV was don
Sam Quixote
Mar 24, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
Long before the middle of the book I was - and you will be too - deeply in love with Suzie and Jon (the titular Sex Criminals) and their story, but it was the middle of the book when Suzie jumped up on the pool table to belt out Fat-Bottomed Girls by Queen that I realised I was reading a completely new kind of comic I’d never read before. As soon as Suzie opens her mouth, the lyrics are blocked out by captions from Matt Fraction explaining why they couldn’t reprint the Queen lyrics because certa ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Lainey rated it it was amazing
This was hilarious. I have a crush on Jon and Suzie is so snarky and sassy, she's one of my favorite female characters now. I can't wait to get the second volume.
RATING: a- summary2

This was a real fucked up graphic novel. I don't think I've read anything like it. I thought Saga was weird, but this is even more weird.

But this book was so much fun to read.

The characters were hilarious. The instances that they have gone through were just too funny. I loved it.


For those of you that had sex, does time stop when you orgasm?

For Suzie and Jon, this was the case. Time stops when they get to that big O. And for a time, it was fun. They did things they think no one would
Aug 17, 2015 Etnik rated it liked it



Still a great one!

Full review to come!
Raeleen Lemay
May 12, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, graphicomanga

This was a very interesting graphic novel, but I wish there had been more on the whole CRIME aspect of the story. You get to see a bit of it, but not much. The way the story jumped back and forth was cool though, so you get to see bits from the future as well as what's happening in the present part of the story.

I'm intrigued and I'd like to read more!
Mar 13, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
I was really surprised by how much I liked this, since it had so many factors working against it. First, it's pretty weird to carry around a book that says "Sex Criminals" on the front, especially when your main reading time is on public transportation. (I ended up with a sticky note "accidentally" over the title.) Secondly, there's no way around it - though I really don't believe this is more explicit than any other graphic novel I've read recently (I'm looking at you, Saga, Volume 4), sex is s ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, owned
This was fun. The art was beeeautiful, John bothered me, Suzie was fab and I loved the snarky commentary.
Aug 10, 2015 j rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comix, 2015
Read this one the subway.

Sarah Churchill
For some reason I didn't expect it to be QUITE that graphic. I probably should have guessed given the title and all... LOVED IT though! So funny, great artwork and totally unlike anything I've ever read. Time stops when they, uh, climax so they decide to rob a bank. Obvs.

The only teensy problem I have with it is that I'm not really feeling the main characters, but hopefully that'll change as I work through the series.
Paul Nelson
Nov 29, 2015 Paul Nelson rated it really liked it
Well Sex Criminals is certainly a wonderfully unique concept, entertaining, a little bit funny and even a little bit sexy, without being smutty or controversial.

Suzie is a librarian who during puberty stumbled, in a carpet burn free fashion on the fact that when she has an orgasm, time stands still and she can explore away while everyone around is a wax work dummy.

This is quite a trick and I'm thinking immediately of what I'd get up to if everything's frozen, yep I'm thinking of all the shit I c
Apr 08, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Matt Fraction dedicates this series to anyone who’s ever rubbed one out for the first time and the first issue opens with a couple having sex in the washroom, with the narrator, Suzanne, offering to explain and asking you not to judge. By way of explanation, she starts with her past and the death of her father, a seemingly random victim of a gun toting rampage. Her mother sinks into a life of tears and drink and Suzanne finds the only escape is underwater in the bathtub. One day, during her mome ...more
Jeannette Nikolova
Aug 13, 2016 Jeannette Nikolova rated it really liked it
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I liked this volume much more than I expected. I had very high expectations which made me sure I would be disappointed. I was not. It was really interesting, funny and original.

I do not know whether it was a good or a bad idea, but I read Just the Tips by Fraction and Zdarsky before I did Sex Criminals and Just the Tipswas basically all of the sex jokes and pictures from Sex Criminals in a separate book. Therefore, I was not spectacularly surprised or s

Sep 25, 2015 Joca rated it really liked it
Kee Queen
Sep 16, 2016 Kee Queen rated it really liked it
The premise of this series pokes fun at but also celebrates a lot of things regarding sex and the relationships that develop around it, both platonic and romantic. Every human interaction is transactional after all, most notably when the business of 'doing it' is concerned.

With the chemical tandem of writer Matt Fraction and artist Chip Zdarksy, Sex Criminals is a real crazy romp in the sheets that manages a feat like no other; it examines the troubles of relationship-building and intimacy in a
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"How he got started in comics: In 1983, when Fraction was 7 years old and growing up in Kansas City, Mo., he became fascinated by the U.S. invasion of Grenada and created his own newspaper to explain the event. "I've always been story-driven, telling stories with pictures and words," he said.

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