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Sex Criminals: Volume One: One Weird Trick

(Sex Criminals (Collected Editions) #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  36,248 ratings  ·  3,079 reviews
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!

Collecting: Sex Criminals 1-5
Paperback, Trade, 128 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Image Comics (first published April 16th 2014)
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Mike Hershkovitz I would suggest either purchasing the book or borrowing it from the library. Then, you should sit down (or lay down...stand even if you'd like), and t…moreI would suggest either purchasing the book or borrowing it from the library. Then, you should sit down (or lay down...stand even if you'd like), and the- wait for it....

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Jul 25, 2014 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 is
Dec 30, 2014 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
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 t
Whitney Atkinson
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.
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 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. ...more
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
I go into this review giving fair warning and I share this without opinion or agenda. It is just facts to help the reader know what they are getting into. As you can see, the title is Sex Criminals. The book contains lots of sex and nudity. Some might say it is even borderline pornograpic at times. If that is not for you, there is no reason to give this a try.

I am digging this Queen Bohemian Rhapsody variant cover!

I have seen this as a top title on Hoopla for a while, but wasn't sure I would che
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) by: Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
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 t
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it



Still a great one!

Full review to come!
Sam Quixote
Mar 24, 2014 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
Liz Janet
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, to-review
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.
Jul 13, 2015 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. ...more
Aug 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ylenia 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 lol
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 n
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
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
Tina Haigler
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
To be honest, I was shocked my library had this. I decided to read it based on the title alone. I was not disappointed. The story wasn't what I expected. It was part comedy, part sci-fi. Of course it had a lot of sex in it but that was how it worked. I just wish it wouldn't have jumped around so much chronologically. I don't mind a flashback here and there but the narrator was all over the place. They start telling the story but they keep remembering important things so it's a little disjointed. ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this.

A world where the sex police exist and you can stop time with an orgasm.

Very different, very well done
Jan 06, 2015 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
Dannii Elle
Well, who knew sex could be so hilarious?

Sex Criminals is one of the most bizarre and brilliant graphic novels I have ever read! The plot centres around two individuals, Suzie and Jon, who find that their orgasms give them the ability to stop time. Yes. You read that right. They have sex and STOP FRIGGIN' TIME! I told you it was bizarre.

And yet brilliant, too!

Despite the eccentricities of the plot, it had quite a straight forward storyline. What made it more alluring was the non-linear narrative
This is the kind of book that's pretty mandatory to read in a physical form, if only to read it in a public place and have the decent people of the world give you weird glances after they look twice at the title.

The book's concept leaves room for so many possibilities and loads of entertainment. Jon and Suzie are a young, everyday couple, but they both share one special gift: they have time-stopping orgasms. No really, they literally stop time during the cum-down after sex. So once they hook up,
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, comix
Read this one the subway.

Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ircb-2019
This is a weird one. Our two main characters meet one another and discover they have the ability to stop time when they orgasm. Craziness ensues. This was not the end all, be all for me that others have raved over.
Ashley DiNorcia
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, favorites
This was fun. The art was beeeautiful, John bothered me, Suzie was fab and I loved the snarky commentary.
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.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Here is a test to see if you will like this book or not: Imagine someone getting slapped in the face with a big rubber dildo.

If you smiled or laughed: read this book.

If you rolled your eyes or cringed: read something else.
Apr 07, 2014 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
Paul Nelson
Nov 27, 2015 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
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
When I first read the synopsis of Sex Criminals, I thought it would be an extremely weird graphic novel. But it wasn't actually as weird as I expected it to be and I definitely enjoyed reading it. However, parts of this volume were a bit boring which is why I'm only giving it three out of five stars.

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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.

Education and first job: Fraction never graduated from college. He stopped half a semester short of an art

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