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Sex Criminals: Volume Three: Three the Hard Way

(Sex Criminals (Collected Editions) #3)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  5,782 ratings  ·  580 reviews
As seen on Late Night With Seth Meyers!

The Eisner- and Harvey Award winning raucous sex comedy that Time magazine called the Comic of the Year and Apple called "inappropriate for sale on iOS devices" returns in Sex Criminals, Volume Three: Three the Hard Way.

So it turns out Jon and Suzie aren't alone ― other people around the world, like them, freeze time when they clima
Kindle Edition, Digital, 160 pages
Published June 15th 2016 by Image Comics
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Sam Quixote
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
The third volume of Sex Crimz sees Matt Fraction have some kind of breakdown in the middle of the book – literally, as he writes himself into it having a convo with Chip Zdarsky - as he basically gets bored writing the series. What else happens? Jon and Suzie are being pursued by Kegelface and her cronies - still - with zero progression, and a lot of tiny, totally boring developments occur: Ana and Suzie don’t get along! Robert Rainbow’s intimidated by Rachelle’s sexual experiences! Kegelface is ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.
Sex criminals started as cool ultra liberal graphic novel with strange premise but it's slowly losing it's charm.This volume had some seriously weird moments and not in a good way and story makes practically no progression.It's still ok-ish but overall volume 3 felt like filler between two more interesting volumes.
Trina (Between Chapters)
3.5 stars

What I loved:
-Meta narration.
-Amazing characters.
-Diversity. An asexual character was introduced in this volume and her introduction was perfect. I love how even though this story is about a 'sex power,' there is still a role for an ace character that isn't tied to sex.
-Expanding world.
-Continued sex positivity, body positivity, feminism, discussions on mental health.
-Particularly great discussion on the recent history of female sexuality.

What I didn't like:
-What's so frustrating to me
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sex Criminals has been through a rough patch in the past year and a half. Most importantly, Matt Fraction's father passed away during that time, which obviously affected his work. The guy was smitten.

Also, the comic itself had some problems — all of the issues in this arc came out with alternative, very NSFW covers by superstar guest artists, like Brian Lee O'Malley, Kate Leth, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez. Each NSFW issue had to be polybagged, and their polybagging machine broke like fifty thous
Michelle Morrell
Now that they know they're not unique in the world, they're off to find others of their kind. Man, you really don't want to know some of the manifestations of others's secret sex world. Nope, no you don't. Still funny and irreverent and clever. I will have to own these eventually. ...more
Dannii Elle
This series has continued to go from strength to strength in both plot and the density of topics covered. I stated in my review of the last installment that I liked the depth of the subjects covered, and this third volume has completely upped the ante in that department! This still has scenes that vary from the hilarious to the sexually promiscuous, but these are offset with more atmospheric and text-dense scenes, that focus on more hard-hitting topics. I loved everything about this, from the me ...more
Kayla Charisse
I've been looking forward to reading this volume for over a year, but honestly nothing really happened in this installment. The series has always been a bit self-aware, but this volume was meta to the point of crappy writing. I did appreciate the concepts of sexual judgment presented in this arc, but not much else. It's unfortunate, I was really loving this series. I will still be continuing with volume four for sure, I need to know what happens to the characters at this point. ...more
Ashley DiNorcia
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Definitely not my favorite of the series. There seemed to be a lot of filler in this one and the story didn't really progress all that much. However, this is easily still one of the most entertaining and bizarre comics I've read. ...more
Vol. 3, or the one where Sex Criminals goes even more meta than usual.

This series is probably the weirdest ongoing thing I read by quite a large margin, but it's so kindhearted and earnest and willing to take chances, I just very much want everyone to give it a go. I'm trying right now to get my book club to read the first volume, so we'll see about that (I think some of them might read it with their hands over their mouths in a state of perma-shock, and the thought makes me giggle).

(I'm sorry,
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: image-comics
It sticks out like a sore thumb in the middle of this incredibly meta volume, but Three The Hard Way contains one of the best issues of Sex Criminals to date. 'BACE' is a thoughtful introduction of new character Alix and I found her almost immediately endearing because of it. Her story does contain humour (view spoiler), but Matt Fraction shows ...more

Warning: May contain spoilers if you have not read Sex Criminals Volume 1 & 2.

Okay. This was fucking hilarious…excuse my french. I don’t think I’ve giggled that hard while reading anything in recent memory.

The story basically picks up where we left of at the end of the second volume. Suzie and Jon have discovered that they are not the only two people who can freeze time when they climax. Yeah, you read that right, Sex Criminals is a comic about people that can literally stop time when they orga
Julie Ehlers
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was weird. I wonder where all this is going?
James DeSantis
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Man I love this one as much as the others, though I can see why some won't.

This has a lot of forth wall breaking, a weird issue inbetween about A-Sexuality which may not appeal to everyone, and also a lot of fluff without things moving forward in the main story.

However all the relationship stuff worked really well for me in this one. I loved the forth wall breaking scene as well because the writer/artist are funny as hell. I also LOVED some moments like magical anime vagina monster or the dick
Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
Volume 2 was a bit of a bore, but this one is great! Characters are back to normal (as close to normal as possible), some fun stuff happens, and I really laughed while reading some of it. Somehow I really dig the vibe and story they are creating. It's both weird, funny, absurd and completely real-life related. Having fun reading this, pun intended. ...more
Dimitris Papastergiou
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
It's sad but this series is getting worse and worse, issue after issue...

I like both creators but they lost control of what's happening what was happening.. or they seem that they're pretty bored with the title and don't even try anymore.

Let me say that it has lost its premise. It's gone. Anything and everything that was "promised" on volume 1 and anything that was interesting and made volume 1 SO good is.. gone!

The artwork stays great. The story is gone. I may be interested to buy the next vol
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel, queer
And I'm done. Not only does this span the spectrum of sexual assault, from the casual rape joke on the second page to coerced sexual contact, but the whole volume suffers from lazy writing.

The conversation Suzie and Ana were about to have about Suzie's slut-shaming just doesn't happen. Instead, the story cuts to a phone call where Fraction complains to Zdarsky about how hard the conversation will be to write. These tools know they wrote themselves into a corner and instead of fixing it by writin
Liz Janet
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
His therapist is just as bad as he is.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Not the best volume in my opinion, hence the 4 stars instead of 5. Like most people I didn't really like the part were Matt and Chip cum in mid scene. I still find this book funny though. I like the Sailor Moon cum-ghost-angel. Reminded me of that anime girl in Archer, but even more x-rated. I honestly though about giving this title up last year, but I like the art still too much. And I'm interested to seeing were this story goes. ...more
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series just keeps getting better and better. Though I will admit that the sailor moon vagina with tentacles is a bit much. Still, another well written addition to this comic series. Funny and disturbing!
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-other
I love both Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarksy. (In a platonic way, of course, never having met either of them.)

And I love Sex Criminals (the comic.)

But, this arc kinda left me feeling underwhelmed. The first 2 arcs laid out the basic premise, and escalated that premise. This arc didn’t really especially add anything to the saga (IMO), and it feels like we’re losing momentum as the stated premise begins to wear a bit thin.

And I totally didn’t get the “Creator-Conversation” bit in the middle. I’m not a
Jedi JC Daquis
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Matt and Chip are definitely having a crazy fun time with Sex Criminals volume three. But sadly, the charm and uniqueness of the material does not really connect with me. Is it just me or Sex Criminals has lost it? Muddled with metas, 4th wall breaks, and disjointed back stories, reading the book just became a lazy routine foreplay that doesn't reach the climax rather than an orgasmic one-of-a-kind experience. ...more
Reg Mars
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
These comics are ridiculous and I enjoy that but this one just fell flat for me. I just didn't enjoy it as much as the other 2 volumes. There was one point in this where the authors were talking to each other and it really took me out of the element of the actual story. I found myself skipping through it cause I just didn't care. Overall it was okay. I'll be waiting for the next volume to come out. ...more
Pam's Shenanigans
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This comics. This. It explores the many facets of sex and sexuality with humor and just the right amount of slaps of truth in between pages. It is a hilarious series, I'm telling you. But it's more than that. Need Chapter 16 ASAP. ...more
Book lover
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-must-read
Me while reading this volume- "This is so weird!". ...more
Elizabeth A
May 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphix, 2017
This graphic novel series should be great, but it's hit or miss for me. I continue to enjoy the art, the character development, the premise, the diversity, and the sex positivity of this series, but the story didn't move forward at all in this volume. Very meta, and while that is cool, I need more. The weakest installment so far. ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice to get back to find out what Jon and Suze have been up to - like long-lost friends who you realise are weirdos up close, but are entertaining to tell your other friends about.
Queen Ophilia III
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I found this to be one of the better books I read in the series so far.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Way meta - which is occasionally funny, but usually not - the artwork is nice, but the plot is almost nonexistent. The premise for this series is so different, I really wish I liked the actual implementation more.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic
When I was skimming reviews before purchasing this, I saw that they were generally less enthusiastic than the last two volumes, but I seem to be having the opposite experience as everyone else. I was lukewarm on the first volume, really enjoyed the second volume, and I thought this latest one was just as strong. At this rate, the comic will be cancelled as soon as it becomes my favourite series of all time.

Sex Criminals is a filthy, juvenile, and hilarious comic about people who have powers that
Ryan Werner
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This was still really fun, but I think it coasted by on good faith from the previous two trades. Fraction hits the metafiction really hard in this, weaseling his way out of writing everything from a pointless grocery store visit to a full-blown argument scene that would have done a whole lot to advance the themes of the series. It previously felt like a very measured, clever way to move through the story, but it's too much, too often in this trade.

The characters and art are still great, and I l
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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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