Published on October 8th, 2014 | by Fee McBee


Sex Criminals #8 – Comic Review

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Issue #8 of Sex Criminals is all about Robert Rainbow. Except it isn’t. It’s about Jon’s anguish and loneliness, Suzie’s perfect vajayjay, therapy and facing up to your fears. Also: libraries (libraries are important).

We take a break from Cumworld and the Sex Police this issue and open with Suzie visiting her gynaecologist (the aforementioned Robert Rainbow). Suzie explains that her and Jon are on a break. Noooo, Suzie, you love Jon…don’t you? Hang on though, that Robert Rainbow is a bit of a dish…


One of the highlights of this issue is Suzie’s reaction to Rainbow when he’s talking to her about contraception. Zdarsky’s depiction of what Suzie is seeing in her mind’s eye is hilarious and, as is often the case with his panels, pay close attention to what’s going on in the background.

Fraction, along with the artist that he’s working with, is the master of scene-to-scene transition in comic storytelling. It’s something that’s quite clearly evident in Hawkeye, for example. The scene transitions in this issue are so fluid that you barely even notice that they’re happening. We just ease from one scene to the next and we’re always clear about exactly where and when we are. It’s a joy to read.

It’s no secret that Fraction has used autobiographical details elsewhere in the series and this issue is certainly no different. Fraction is currently in training for a half marathon and has been updating us, via Twitter and his newsletter, on his progress with the training and the effect that running is having upon his mental health. Jon is advised by a therapist to run for 45 minutes every day and you can’t help but wonder if some of the other advice given to Jon is advice that’s been given to Fraction by his therapist. Rather than details like this making the series feel like a way for Fraction to work out his own angst, it makes it feel honest and refreshing and only helps serve to make Jon an utterly human and relatable character.

This is a funny book, but it also deals with the darker side of humanity and its fragility. If you’re looking for something that will make you laugh and make you think, then this is quite possibly the book for you.

Just in case you didn’t know already: don’t stop reading once the issue ends. You absolutely have to read the letters page. Sex Criminals readers are a very funny lot. And, if you think the letters are funny, then look out for the sex tips. Speaking of sex tips, Fraction and Zdarsky are releasing a book called JUST THE TIPS in November. Find out more information here and you can even download a 23-page preview (warning: definitely NSFW). After you’ve read the preview, add the book to your Christmas list. You can thank me later.

Oh, during this issue Jon goes to the cinema to see Shrok. Yes, Shrok. Back in July, Fraction mentioned Shrok on Twitter and I had to ask him what it was. This was his reply:


So now you know. Disappointed the penis antennae didn’t make it into the book though…

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