Sex Criminals: One Weird Trick

Episode 55

Greetings, Explorers! Today we are taking a look at Sex Criminals: One Weird Trick. Matt Fraction wrote the story and Chip Zdarsky illustrated it. The series started in 2013 and is published by Image Comics. Sex Criminals: One Weird Trick is about Suzie and Jonathan. First of all, Suzie is a librarian who just happens to be able to stop time when she has an orgasm. Sort of like Evie from Out of This World. Similarly, Jonathan shares Suzie’s abilities to stop time. However, he uses his powers to get revenge on his on his boss. With Suzie’s library facing foreclosure, Jonathan thinks they should use their powers to get the cash from the very bank he’s employed at. It’s win-win for the both of them: Save the library, get the ultimate revenge.

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Johnny, Frankie, and Dennis starts things by setting straight an error about women in the opening pages of the book. Additionally, they discuss which banks are foreclosing on which libraries. They continue by looking into the “Reading Is Sexy” campaign at elementary schools. Johnny and Dennis discuss their shared fear of the Calgon commercial from early 1980s. The gang also takes a look at “The User Agreement” and “Candle In The Wind”, two made-up sexual positions mentioned in Sex Criminals. Furthermore, they chat about “Brimping” and how it became a real thing because of this comic book. Frankie also cements the reason why barbershops may have Playboys but hair salons don’t have dic picks. Additional topics include a female character written from a male point of view; Sex Cop Shaming; sex solely for the sake of orgasms instead of intimacy; and last, but not least, the storytelling and art of Sex Criminals: One Weird Trick.

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