Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop

Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop

The second storyline from the Eisner Award winning Sex Criminals finds the honeymoon to be over for Jon and Suzie. Once the thrill of new lust fades, where do you go? Come along and laff and love with Matt and Chip as they brimp back ceaselessly against the past.Collecting: Sex Criminals 6-10...

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Title:Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop
Author:Matt Fraction
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Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop Reviews

  • Raeleen Lemay

    THIS ONE WAS SO GOOD.

    Hilarious, educational, and full of emotion. Highly recommend.

    The part when the doctor is listing the different types of birth control was THE BEST PART. SO FUNNY AND ACTUALLY VERY IMPORTANT.

  • Sam Quixote

    Suzie and Jon both have a special superpower: when they orgasm, they can stop time. Then they meet, fall in love, and decide to save Suzie’s library from foreclosure by the bank by robbing said bank of its filthy lucre! And so they ran like the sex criminals they were – in love, robbing the rich to give to the needy, and evading the sex police. A perfect ending!

    Or it would’ve been if there wasn’t a Volume 2!

    The initial burst of romance is over and Suzie and Jon are settling into their new relat

    Suzie and Jon both have a special superpower: when they orgasm, they can stop time. Then they meet, fall in love, and decide to save Suzie’s library from foreclosure by the bank by robbing said bank of its filthy lucre! And so they ran like the sex criminals they were – in love, robbing the rich to give to the needy, and evading the sex police. A perfect ending!

    Or it would’ve been if there wasn’t a Volume 2!

    The initial burst of romance is over and Suzie and Jon are settling into their new relationship just as Jon’s depression looms. They also didn’t steal as much as they thought but enough to keep the wolf from the door – for now – while the sex police, led by Kegelface herself, is still on their trail. And, as Suzie and Jon are about to discover, they are not alone and the world is full of people with unusual sex powers. The battle between the sex criminals and the sex police just got taken up a notch – brimp it on!

    Tonally, the second volume of Sex Criminals is more of a downer than the first. Jon’s mental issues take over his life after he stops taking his medication and there’s more backstory exploring his confused and lonely childhood. Depression atrophies his relationship with Suzie who is going through her own problems, one of which is: does she love Jon or was it just a sex thing? This is the only sour note I had for this book and I love Suzie but what the hell – walking out on Jon when he needed her the most? What a shitty thing to do!

    Sex Criminals has always been a character-driven series so it’s great that Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky are expanding their cast beyond Suzie and Jon to include some awesome new additions. There’s Robert Rainbow, Suzie’s OBGYN and coincidentally Jon’s childhood buddy; Rach, Suzie’s bestie who taught her about sex in a bathroom stall in high school (not really new but returning); and Ana Kincaid who’s led a really interesting life – she’s definitely the character you’ll remember the most from this book!

    I also really liked Jon’s new psychiatrist, who, rather than throw pills at him, gives Jon some sound advice on his depression: exercise daily for 45 minutes and have a friend you can speak to. And that’s the other thing about Sex Criminals that’s so good: it’s full of useful, practical information about sensitive issues and handles them so well. Like when Suzie goes to see Robert Rainbow and he does a sexy striptease (albeit in her mind) while telling her about the various methods of birth control. Kids/teens reading this (and I’m sure there’s more than a few who do) can get all edumacated while enjoying an adult comic! No bathroom stall sketches for this generation!

    But it’s also lots and lots of fun to read and the humour keeps the mental/sexual health issues from overwhelming the generally light tone. There’s a lightsaber-ish fight with dildos, the sex police tracking device is ingeniously called a cumpass, there’s a fast food joint in the mall called Salad Cake – “Have you cake and eat salad too!”, and there’s an awesome The Wicked + The Divine porn parody, The Lick-ed + The Divine, featuring cameos from Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie! I also noticed for the first time how sexual the names of our characters are: Suzie Dickson, Jon Johnson, and Myrtle Spurge (Kegelface).

    It is a grown-up book though so you do see T&A though never gratuitously and surprisingly, considering Ana’s chapter (her porn name WAS Jazmine St Cocaine!), it doesn’t feel sleazy either. Also, given that the approach to this volume is “the honeymoon is over”, it’s more about relationships after the initial frenzy of sex, and the more sporadic nature of it afterwards.

    Suzie and Jon take the fight to the sex police though the story itself only progresses so far in this second volume – like I said, it’s about the characters than the plot itself, but the cast are so good you almost forget about it entirely! If you enjoyed the first book, you’ll love this one just as much. Fraction and Zdarsky continue to do great things with this original title - what a brilliant comic this is!

    And so we ran, like the Sex Criminals fans we are, onto the next volume!

  • Kristina Horner

    This story continues to surprise me. I was really impressed with this volume, for how artfully it entwined so many different important elements.

    Was I laughing so hard my sides hurt? Yes.

    Was it also insightful, poignant, and real? Surprisingly, yes.

    I appreciate how honestly it tackles topics like depression, mental illness, sex-workers, relationships, etc. That's so important, especially in a setting that also manages to be hilarious and incredibly sex-positive at the same time.

    This is DEFINITELY

    This story continues to surprise me. I was really impressed with this volume, for how artfully it entwined so many different important elements.

    Was I laughing so hard my sides hurt? Yes.

    Was it also insightful, poignant, and real? Surprisingly, yes.

    I appreciate how honestly it tackles topics like depression, mental illness, sex-workers, relationships, etc. That's so important, especially in a setting that also manages to be hilarious and incredibly sex-positive at the same time.

    This is DEFINITELY a book for adults, but a really important one once you get past the fact that there's also an iron throne made out of dildos. And it is glorious.

  • HFK

    Where the first volume of

    was a party of love, desire and multiple orgasms that took our main characters inside the Cumworld, where only few lucky ones can visit after rubbing each others to feeling the sparks on and inside the private parts of the joyland. The Cumworld, a glorious place that makes even robbing off a bank possible while enjoying the afterglow.

    Second volume takes slightly different approach as it does focus on the time when the honeymoon, the rabbit fucking phase is

    Where the first volume of

    was a party of love, desire and multiple orgasms that took our main characters inside the Cumworld, where only few lucky ones can visit after rubbing each others to feeling the sparks on and inside the private parts of the joyland. The Cumworld, a glorious place that makes even robbing off a bank possible while enjoying the afterglow.

    Second volume takes slightly different approach as it does focus on the time when the honeymoon, the rabbit fucking phase is behind our lovely couple, and the reality hits the relationship. There is not much orgasms around anymore, and the effects of mental diseases are taking a bigger part and hold onto the story. But luckily, there is always good enough reasons to rub one off even when really not feeling like wanting some sparks around.

    Fraction keeps being intellectual, sometimes philosophical, often metaphorical and very, very real at everything he writes down as a dialogue. More darker, in many places almost depressive, but it keeps you hooked on by promising great things but also hinting that there is something complicated in the making, which is often very tricky, and sometimes makes even the author himself go on the wtf-mode.

    Highly recommended followup.

  • Keely

    While the first volume introduces readers to the wacky sensibilities and grueling sexual histories of the protagonist couple Suzie and Jon, the second volume of

    entitled

    . delivers a more well-balanced story arc which enhanced my appreciation and enjoyment of this series. It solidified my fan status for what writer and artist Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky respectively have accomplished.

    Suzie and Jon had just reached a breaking point after their misadventures la

    While the first volume introduces readers to the wacky sensibilities and grueling sexual histories of the protagonist couple Suzie and Jon, the second volume of

    entitled

    . delivers a more well-balanced story arc which enhanced my appreciation and enjoyment of this series. It solidified my fan status for what writer and artist Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky respectively have accomplished.

    Suzie and Jon had just reached a breaking point after their misadventures last time when they decided to use their time-stopping orgasms to plan a heist and rob for the bank Jon is working for in order to save Suzie's library from being closed. As it turns out, they are not alone. Other people have the same ability and this is when they were approached by a unit of three people who call themselves the Sex Police. They are led by a woman named Myrtle Spurge whom Suzie and Jon fondly referred to as 'Kegelface". To save their relationship and get out of the Sex Police's radar, Jon decided to go back on his medication. Suzie was more than happy to have a normal relationship again except that she also began to understand that Jon is pretty immature and repressively angry in many ways.

    As for Jon, he admits readily in his POV issue that he was doing it all for Suzie which is not the kind of mindset someone with an antisocial disorder should have if he truly wants to get well, mentally and emotionally. As a gap grows between the two, a heated argument took place that drove Jon to commit something he will later forget.

    This second volume was amazing in both the subtlest and explosive of ways! Fraction's writing is not only just humorous and sardonic--it's also touching in a lot of places, given the depth he tackled Jon's depression and impulsive behaviors geared towards anti-authority. The issue focusing on Jon's struggles to be noticed after his parents have more than stopped caring about him even as a young boy is pretty fascinating and sad to see unfold. I really felt for Jon's solitude whenever he is in the Quiet (or the Cum World as he personally prefers it).

    Inside that transcendental plane of reality, there are no rules or rejection; it's just him being able to scream and kick and wreak havoc as much as he wants to. What I think was sympathetic about this is that Jon doesn't want to be some kind of a terrorist who hurts people; he just wants to express his anger and frustration over being abandoned in ways that are not dangerous per se but are still detrimental to his well-being as a person.

    Meanwhile, Suzie opted to take a break from Jon, assessing that as much as she cares about him, she has to look out after for herself first. In a panel sequence, she even expressed that she's not with Jon because she wants to fix him. She stresses that Jon should want to get better and seek help with his psychological difficulties, and I think this was a truly positive message to convey for a lot of young women who have this gratingly twisted way of perceiving themselves as life givers for the men they love.

    I've had friends and have met various women who think they can repair someone by the power of their love and support and that sucks balls because life begs to differ. Sometimes love isn't really enough for a person to get better and stop being disruptive in their personal lives. More often than not, we should all learn to cut off abusive people from taking advantage of our kindness and devotion, and I'm glad

    and its creators made the right decision in making Suzie say these things to the readers because it's uplifting and empowering:

    I won't be spoiling the crucial moments in this volume anymore because I would like to encourage EVERYONE to read this scintillating series, especially this volume in particular that has a lot of heart and guts. I'm pleased that a comic book like this got published. Fraction has instilled enough humor and self-awareness in

    that can be valued a lot more than just its entertainment factor. Zdarsky's illustrations were also splendid, particularly on how he drew Suzie. She has curves in her body and is not that drop-dead gorgeous-looking either, much like Jon is typically just average-looking too.

    In a nutshell,

    is a promising and important work that you should not missed out on!

  • Dannii Elle

    So, first of all, that title though!

    Second of all, this series is INSANE!

    This still includes the same time-stopping orgasms and bank robberies that took precedent in the first installment, but there is also an added depth of emotion that I felt was missing in the previous volume. Whilst still hilarious, this covers topics such as mental health, sexuality and female sexual arousal. This added depth allowed for the characters to display a more raw and real side to them, and for me to empathize wit

    So, first of all, that title though!

    Second of all, this series is INSANE!

    This still includes the same time-stopping orgasms and bank robberies that took precedent in the first installment, but there is also an added depth of emotion that I felt was missing in the previous volume. Whilst still hilarious, this covers topics such as mental health, sexuality and female sexual arousal. This added depth allowed for the characters to display a more raw and real side to them, and for me to empathize with them as individuals. Of course, there is still oodles of sex scenes and hilarious anecdotes, but the darker sections give this an overall different feel from the first installment. And, I must say, I like where this series is going.

  • Whitney Atkinson

    This was great like book one! I like how this one delves a little bit into mental illness and expands the world of our sex police and other timestoppers lol. I liked the first one a little better because there's less relationship angst, but the humor and the weirdness of this is so compelling and I can't wait to read volume 3!

  • Lola  Reviewer

    This second volume is way depressing. There’s so much unhappiness, so many problems. Drama is everywhere, and cruelty as well. The characters barely even smile. That’s too bad because smiles are beautiful. The story picks up right where it was left of at the end of the first volume. That’s cool, but also a stark message that the characters are in deep, deep trouble with the Sex Police. So-so plot, so-so atmosphere, great characterization, great graphics and (still) an interesting concept.

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    thinking it will be criminally sexy, think again. Criminally boring is what it is.

    . I mean, I thought

    was meh as hell. But I'm an idiot so I ordered this anyway. Why? Because I liked the concept. You have to admit that the idea of literally

    is pretty cool, right? The idea might be cool but if you don't know what to do with it, it won't get you anywhere. And that's exactly what happened here. Ther

    thinking it will be criminally sexy, think again. Criminally boring is what it is.

    . I mean, I thought

    was meh as hell. But I'm an idiot so I ordered this anyway. Why? Because I liked the concept. You have to admit that the idea of literally

    is pretty cool, right? The idea might be cool but if you don't know what to do with it, it won't get you anywhere. And that's exactly what happened here. There is no plot whatsoever.

    .

    but at least there was some action: Jon and Suzie, the MCs, had sex to freeze time and robbed banks while time was standing still. They were chased by the Sex Police. There was a plot, the story seemed to be going somewhere and things were actually happening.

    . Gone is the original storyline, gone is the sex police. Bye bye fun, hello boredom. All we get is Jon suffering from depression, being a hypocondriac and rambling incessantly about his childhood. All this while Suzie is having doubts about their relationship.

    .

    on the scenes involving Suzie and her ob-gyn (who also happens to be Jon's friend *eyeroll*). They made me feel like I was in a high-school sex ed class. Will there be a

    at the end of this lecture? Fascinating stuff, really. I have to admit I liked the colors in those scenes, though. That's good, right? Right.

    .

    is probably the immaturity of the whole sex part of the plot. It feels like the authors are just two teenage kids trying to be naughty by writing about sex. The problem is, the end result is not naughty, it's boring. And

    . Oooooooh, dildos!! Ooooooooh, porn!! How positively outrageous! How insanely risqué!

    .

    if I'd thought this was as funny as other people seem to think. But it didn't even make me smile once and everything just fell flat. I guess it's just

    .

    ►►

    , what do we have here? Time for simple maths:

    .

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