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Sex Criminals #23

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  • Sex Criminals #23

    Sex Criminals #23
    Released by: Image Comics
    Released on: April 4th, 2018.
    Written by: Matt Fraction
    Illustrated by: Chip Zdarsky
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    Jon walks into the room with a towel around his waist, various participants using a swing or any other prop handy to get it on. Couples, three-ways, straight or gay, it's all going on right in front of him and all of a sudden it's he that looks like the square. He looks around and then makes eye contact with a woman in a harness - Jazmine St. Cocaine is doing what the world believes she does best. The fact that she who he came with is still in there leaves him without a ride when he decides it's time to leave. Good thing there's a bus nearby. Elsewhere, supporting characters brush their teeth and masturbate to Guillermo Del Toro themed smut.

    Jon wakes up at home and finds Polly in his room. She left the club, a bit irritated that there wasn't enough lesbian action there for her liking. Before she splits she gets him off of his phone and reminds him of that 'thing' he's got to do tonight…

    …at which point we see him bolt from this bed and run to where he was supposed to meet up with Alix. She's still there waiting for him but she's not happy. He needs to get off and she needs to… jump in front of a bus. They talk, as they should, and then she goes for it.

    In the Baldacorp building, a certain high ranking executive named Mr. Badal gets intimate with some of the machinery on the premise, writes down some numbers once he spurts, while Suzie comes to love her job and become increasingly confused with her mother while simultaneously becoming disenfranchised with the local art scene.

    Vague enough for you?

    No sense in going into hyper-detailed descriptions of a book like this. Those joining up for the first time will have no fucking clue what Matt Fraction's story is going on about while those who have been with the book for a while now (the SMART ones) will clearly appreciate the subtle character development and twisted humor of this particular issue. Jon and Suzie, no longer together, are going their separate ways as you'd expect them to, but not in the ways that you'd expect them to. Which doesn't make any sense if you say it out loud, but it's true. The story follows typical break-up clichés without overdoing it, and at the same time it manages to take things into new, weird directions. We already care about the lead characters, so getting a bit more supporting character action isn't a bad thing at all but this is still Jon and Suzie's story - they're destined to 'work together' again at some point, but if/when that happens it'll likely be in a way we don't see coming as Fraction has a real knack for taking things into unexpected territory. All of this is wonderfully illustrated by Chip Z'Darsky. As it's been since the first issue, there's a lot of interesting and quirky background detail to take in and as you do that, the series becomes funnier, more effecting. These guys work well together and this is another solid issue in the series.

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