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Review: Sex Criminals #11

SexCriminals11_CoverAOkay. I’m pretty late in the game when it comes to reviewing and heaping praise upon Sex Criminals. I mean, you really can’t do one without the other. It isn’t helping that I’m starting my reviews right in the middle of a story arc, which meant that I had a lot of catching up to do. I have to resist the temptation to write about Sex Criminals as a whole, but honestly? What is there to say that hasn’t been said already? Sex Criminals is funny. Sex Criminals is raunchy. Sex Criminals is smart. Sex Criminals is, above all else, honest.

Good. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about #11 and how it differs from the other issues up to this point. Honestly? It’s not the best. But Sex Criminals not at it’s best is kind of like going into the Cheesecake Factory and ordering the Mango Key Lime cheesecake. Sure it’s tasty as hell, but, really, it wasn’t as good as half the other cheesecakes on the menu. (Dammit, now I want their Vanilla Bean Cheesecake.) Part of the reason why this isn’t quite as good as the others is that it steps back from character and plot development some, to introduce us to a new character.

It’s because of this we have four separate threads to keep track of, so it comes off a little less fluid than the other issues. You’ve got our new character, Suzie Jon, and Ms. “Kincaid,” Jon’s Psychiatrist and his lover, and Robert Rainbow and Rachelle (all in various stages of undress and coitus, natch.) It’s because of this that the comic kinds of bounces around all over the place so it’s a little less coherent than the previous issues.

For me the biggest things that drag this book down is how painstakingly New Guy tries to assert that he’s normal, despite being aware that he’s in a comic book that literally revolves around sex, as well as Rainbow and Rachelle’s post coital (kinda) conversation. While the first is necessary to the plot, the second I think would have been better off if more attention could have been paid to it, in a bit more relevant way. Having said that, it is still a good book. I mean, it’s cheesecake. Who’s going to turn down cheesecake? Chip Zdarsky’s artwork is, as always, detailed, nuanced, and filled with more visual humor than you can shake a stick at (save for a few panels.) Matt Fraction’s writing is good. The use of language is natural, believable and flows well. The plot, well, I’ve already talked about the weak points, but don’t let that deter you.

There’s a huge payoff at the end (double entendre intended) that was unexpected, and is certainly makes the book worth getting, since it isn’t something that I was expecting, though to be fair it is a logical extension of some of the events in last issue. It is, however, potentially problematic for me for personal reasons. I can’t really say more about it without giving it away in a huge spoiler, but it is something that is going to be worth talking about regardless of how it’s handled, so it’s something I’ll address when I cover #12.

Or undress it as the case may be.

Story: Matt Fraction Art: Chip Zdarsky
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Image provided a Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review

Marvel Unveils X-Men Evolutions Variant Covers

Official Press Release

Marvel Unveils X-MEN EVOLUTIONS Variant Covers

Just in time for X-Men: First To Last, the next big X-epic from Chris Yost, Paco Medina & Dalibor Talajic, Marvel is proud to unveil new X-Men Evolutions variants! Brought to you by some of the best artists in the industry, get ready for a unique look at your favorite mutants and their iconic costume designs from every era! No fan can miss out on these great covers spotlighting the rich history of the X-Men while X-Men: First To Last gives fans a chance to relive the exciting action of Xavier’s first class and experience the thrill of Cyclops’ current team!

FF #3 (MAR110682)
FF #3 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT (MAR110683)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Penciled by STEVE EPTING
Cover by DANIEL ACUÑA
X-Men Evolutions Variant by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Rated A …$2.99
On Sale – 5/11/11

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #623 (MAR110616)
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #623 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT (MAR110617)
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Penciled by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover by STEPHANIE HANS
X-Men Evolutions Variant by LARRY STROMAN
Rated T+ …$2.99
On Sale – 5/11/11

NEW AVENGERS #12 (MAR110649)
NEW AVENGERS #12 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT (MAR110650)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by MIKE DEODATO & HOWARD CHAYKIN
Cover by MIKE DEODATO
X-Men Evolutions Variant by KHOI PHAM
Rated A …$3.99
On Sale – 5/11/11

X-MEN #11 (MAR110716)
X-MEN #11 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT (MAR110717)
Written by VICTOR GISCHLER
Penciled by AL BARRIONUEVO
Cover by DAVID YARDIN
X-Men Evolutions Variant by DAVID LOPEZ
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 4/25/11. On Sale – 5/18/11

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #661 (MAR110664)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #661 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT (MAR110665)
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE & PAUL BENJAMIN
Penciled by REILLY BROWN & JAVIER PULIDO
Cover by ED McGUINNESS
X-Men Evolutions Variant by MARIO ALBERTI
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 4/25/11. On Sale – 5/18/11

AVENGERS #13 (MAR110620)
AVENGERS #13 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT (MAR110621)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by CHRIS BACHALO
Cover by ALAN DAVIS
X-Men Evolutions Variant by PAUL RENAUD
FOC – 4/25/11. On Sale – 5/18/11

HERC #3 (MAR110627)
HERC #3 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT (MAR110628)
Written by GREG PAK & FRED VAN LENTE
Pencils by NEIL EDWARDS
Cover by CHRIS STEVENS
X-Men Evolutions Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 4/25/11. On Sale – 5/18/11

HULK #33 (MAR110671)
HULK #33 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT (MAR110673)
Written by JEFF PARKER
Pencils and Cover by GABRIEL HARDMAN
X-Men Evolutions Variant by GREG TOCCHINI
Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 4/25/11. On Sale – 5/18/11

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #504 (MAR110618)
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #504 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT (MAR110619)
Written by MATT FRACTION
Art and Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
X-Men Evolutions Variant by BRANDON PETERSON
Rated A …$3.99
FOC – 4/25/11. On Sale – 5/18/11

CAPTAIN AMERICA #618 (MAR110651)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #618 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT (MAR110652)
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by BUTCH GUICE
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
X-Men Evolutions Variant by CHRIS STEVENS
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 5/2/11. On Sale – 5/25/11

SECRET AVENGERS #13 (MAR110622)
SECRET AVENGERS #13 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT (MAR110623)
Written by NICK SPENCER
Penciled by SCOT EATON
Cover by ADI GRANOV
X-Men Evolutions Variant by LEE WEEKS
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 5/2/11. On Sale – 5/25/11

THE MIGHTY THOR #2 (MAR110659)
THE MIGHTY THOR #2 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT (MAR110660)
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils & Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
X-Men Evolutions Variant by DAVID YARDIN
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 5/2/11. On Sale – 5/25/11

WOLVERINE #9 (MAR110725)
WOLVERINE #9 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT (MAR110726)
Written by JASON AARON
Penciled by DANIEL ACUÑA
Cover by JAE LEE
X-Men Evolutions Variant by MICHAEL RYAN
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 5/2/11. On Sale – 5/25/11

VENOM #3 (MAR110661)
VENOM #3 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT (MAR110662)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Pencils by TONY MOORE
Cover by MIKE DEODATO
X-Men Evolutions Variant by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 5/2/11. On Sale – 5/25/11

Amazing Spider-Man #661 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS CoverAvengers #13 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS CoverCaptain America #618 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS CoverFF #3 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS CoverHerc #3 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS CoverHulk #33 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS CoverInvincible Iron Man #504 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS CoverJourney Into Mystery #623 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS CoverMighty Thor #2 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS CoverNew Avengers #12 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS CoverSecret Avengers #13 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS CoverVenom #3 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS CoverWolverine #9 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS Cover

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