Writer: Matt Fraction / Artist: Chip Zdarsky / Image Comics
But sometimes relationships get ill, no doubt.” -Erykah Badu, Black Thought
It’s a somber mood in Sex Criminals this month. Dare I say, it’s the end of an era as the divide between Jon and Suze reaches its end game. Our main characters take a back seat this year for our supporting characters as Professor Kincaid gives Dave the read of the week after the sexual encounter. The breakdown of that shit is genius. We readers know it takes a lot of Kincaid to climax/come/bust/Orville Redenbacher, as Dave apologizes for not being able to do so despite wanting. Kincaid puts that psych degree to use as she breaks down why Dave didn’t “want” to, but felt he “needed” to.
I won’t spoil the mental chess of that scene, just know that Fraction lays bars. It’s probably my favorite scene of this issue until we get to that ending. I love a book that can keep you engaged with dialogue, and Fraction and Zdarsky know what they’re doing as we engage in so much dialogue about sex, psychology, gender norms, and feminism. Then when we get back to “Somebody gots to go” FM? Ric Flair wooooooo!
Watch the words-that-aren’t-spoken moment (shades of season 2, episode 1 of Insecure when Issa and Lawrence said their goodbyes) between Suze and Jon as they fork in the road and Jon decides to go cash in against Kegel Face and her goons. Zdarsky drew that grand finale something gorgeous. I love it. That’s what I want to see from my faves. Plus we get some post-credits love? Uhhh! Come through with that good-good, Zdarsky and Fraction. *Ric Flair voice* “It’s hard for me to sit here and review this comic book with these creatives giving us so much story!”
I have no idea where we’re going but it’s clear the divide between Jon and Suze is going to lead to an even greater story overall. I put that on my orgasm, my g. Sex Criminals is that book you still look forward to grabbing off the shelves first from your pull list, especially when they’re back from hiatus.
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