This weeks recommendation is an independent comic book coming out of the juggernaut that is Image Comics, written by Matt FRaction and features art by Chip Zdarsky- and other than garnishing a huge amount of praise has also generated a huge amount of negative press for itself given its stories context and downright refusal to be censored. However there is much more to this book than controversy including an intriguing story, some great dialog and a reflection of how open the world current is towards sexuality through some seriously comedic moments and some strangely odd action sequences.
This series has been an absolute industry changer since its launch as in 2013 it was named ‘Best Comic of the Year’ by Times magazine and in 2014 was the recipient of 2nominations for Eisner awards including a win for the ‘Best New Series.’ This right here should be enough to get you at least looking at the first issue, but incase here’s the official synopsis
A SEX COMEDY FOR COMICS Suzie’s a normal girl with an extraordinary ability: when she has sex, she stops time. One night she meets John… who has the same gift. And so they do what any other sex-having, time-stopping, couple would do: they rob banks. In the vein of THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN and BRIDESMAIDS, Image Comics invites you to come along with MATT FRACTION (Hawkeye, SATELLITE SAM) and CHIP ZDARSKY (Prison Funnies, Monster Cops) for the series that puts the ‘comic’ back in ‘comics’ and the ‘sexy’ back in ‘sex crimes.
I’m completely aware that the synopsis makes this book sound weird and odd, but it truly isn’t. The writing is brilliantly done as it does contain moments of pure comedy but the story so far for the first 10issues has also been deeply engaging and much broader than you would expect- as the first few issues are spent trying to establish our character’s and their powers along with how they discovered these and the impact that this has had upon their lives. It’s this character driven narrative that really makes the book work as you truly get sense of what each character is about and what makes them tick while they obviously use their unique abilities to rob banks and try to change the world to better suit there needs.
The list of characters continues to grow within the book too, with a few characters appearing that appear to be using their powers to keep an eye on others and the ever-growing world of people with powers and the introduction of the ‘sex police’ has really changed the dynamic of the book as we know have a villainous faction for the orignal characters to try to revolt and rebel against in an attempt to get their own agenda completed and fight for their sexual freedom.
Chip Zdarsky does an amazing job with the artwork on the book too, as the characters look unique and the outlining on them gives this book a really different and slightly cartoonish feel that helps add to the comedy elements- but more importantly adds a great look of otherworldly to the ‘Queit space’ where the artwork really pops into life. The usage of colours and overlay swirls makes these segments of the story and the artwork thoroughly distinct and downright unmissable.
If you can get over the blatant sexual content, downright unapologetic usage of sexual language then this book is funny, smart, character driven and a damn fine piece of comic book based story telling. I highly recommend you get on board with this book now!