Author: Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky
Genre: Graphic Novel, science fiction
Publisher: Image Comics
Released: 29 April 2014
Series: Sex Criminals #1
Suzie has a secret.
For her, sex literally makes the world come to standstill.
Jon has a problem.
He hates his life, his job, and the special curse that makes him just like Suzie.
Girl meets boy. Girl hooks up with boy
And for the first time they find themselves alone, together.
So they do what any new young couple having sex and freezing time might do:
They rob banks.
Have sex, freeze time and rob banks? Yep, this graphic novel has everything you never realised you wanted and more!
Suzie's library is about to be foreclosed by the bank, which has resulted in her slowly buying the books and filling the apartment she shares with her friend Rach. During a party she throws to raise money to save the library, Suzie meets Jon, who just happens to be everything she wanted in a guy. But both of them conceal a secret, one that doesn't come out until they have sex. You see, whenever Suzie and Jon have sex with anyone, time stops. Literally. Now that they know they aren't alone, they share their knowledge of 'The Quiet' or 'Cumworld', as they call at, and soon come up with a way to use this weird power - to rob banks in order to get the money to save the library. The only trouble is there seems to be more people who have this strange ability to freeze time, and they seem to be the Sex Police.
This graphic novel is hilarious! From page one you are thrown into Suzie's world, listening to her life story about how she discovered her freezing ability, to meeting Jon, and robbing banks and everything in between. Through a series of flashbacks you get a glimpse into both Suzie and Jon's past, and it's nothing but a wild ride.
I adore the art style - it's both simple yet details, and so bright and fun. I especially enjoy the effects used on 'The Quiet'. I also really enjoyed the background details on some of the panels, like posters and signs that just added to the comedy of the story.
I really feel like this is a great start to the series, and I can't wait to see what happens from here, since this volume did end on a really interesting note. Obviously, this graphic novel can be a bit graphic and mature at times, so it's definitely not recommended for a younger audience.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this first installment and can't wait to see where the story goes from here. If you're looking for a graphic novel that's fun and different, definitely check this out - its' not everyday you read a story, let alone a graphic novel, about a couple who can freeze time when they have sex and they rob banks!