Sex Criminals, Vol. 4
Everybody's favorite sex-having, time-freezing, bank-robbing crew of lovable love-misfits come together and ask themselves the big question: are we still into this? THE ANSWER MIGHT SURPRISE YOU (if you think the answer is no). -Part romance, part sex comedy, and part heist drama, [SEX CRIMINALS] manages to turn a story about two lovers who rob banks with orgasms into the most emotionally realistic and relatable sex comic ever made.- -- Wired MagazineCollects issues #16-20.

Sex Criminals, Vol. 4 Details

TitleSex Criminals, Vol. 4
Author
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534302310
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Adult

Sex Criminals, Vol. 4 Review

  • Kevin Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    It's slightly meandering at this point, but still such a great comic. I'm enjoying all the new(er) secondary characters, and the trajectories they're heading toward.Also, Matt and Chip actually published five comics in six consecutive months, after the one issue that came out last year, I'm super proud of them.
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  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    This comic. This fucking comic. Sex Crimz is back on form with the brilliantly titled Volume 4: Fourgy!Story-wise there isn’t much happening and that’s my only complaint about this book. Essentially it’s still Sex Criminals vs Sex Cops but there’s barely any conflict between them here. Kegelface fucks with Ana’s teaching job and… that’s it.But that doesn’t mean it’s a slow read either because the character stuff is really good. Jon and Suzie’s relationship has its ups and downs and we learn more This comic. This fucking comic. Sex Crimz is back on form with the brilliantly titled Volume 4: Fourgy!Story-wise there isn’t much happening and that’s my only complaint about this book. Essentially it’s still Sex Criminals vs Sex Cops but there’s barely any conflict between them here. Kegelface fucks with Ana’s teaching job and… that’s it.But that doesn’t mean it’s a slow read either because the character stuff is really good. Jon and Suzie’s relationship has its ups and downs and we learn more about Jon’s mental state. It doesn’t sound like much when I try to summarise it but it’s something else to read for yourself. The most satisfying aspect of this series is how convincingly and realistically Matt Fraction has captured their relationship.There’s maybe a bit too much time devoted to the other couples in the series, Ana and Dave/Doug, and Rach and Robert – their stories feel superfluous – but they’re also pretty cool characters so it evens out.A new character appears with a new sex power: the ability to bring fuck-Smurfs to life! The character was well-written and funny but I hope Sex Crimz doesn’t go the way of Chew where a new weirdo/superpower gets introduced in every book until it gets annoying. This dude’s a mobile hot-dog salesman whose “wide weiners” are popular with the kids - I feel like Fraction/Chip Zdarsky included him just so they could have a scene with kids yelling that they want wide weiners! And the wide weiners theme song is so amusingly silly.I may not think much of his writing but Chip Zdarsky is an outstanding artist. There’s a Kegelface issue written and drawn in the style of Brubaker/Phillips and Zdarsky’s pastiche on Sean Phillips’ art is really quite accurate (as is Fraction’s take on Brubaker’s noirish, clipped writing style). The characters’ facial expressions are perfect throughout (heh, Zdarsky does good facials) and the page crammed full of panels showing Ana’s preparation for the porn-con was remarkably detailed. I love that panel in the restaurant when Dave/Doug gives a lengthy speech to Ana and the exposition literally knocks the background characters around – that playfulness and creativity is one of the best aspects of this title. And the Sexual Gary running gag is still funny.The thing is that those jokes are memorable at the expense of an unmemorable story (why is Jon appearing in a Hulk parody play again??). I’m much more invested in Jon and Suzie’s relationship than the half-assed revenge(ish?) story being attempted between the cops and the crimz.Still, Fourgy! is a very entertaining and fun read and there’s a lot here fans will love!
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  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    Sex Crimbos are back!.. But, unfortunately, not quite with a bang (hehe, bang).Jon and Suzie keep having troubles in their relationship, the shrink (Doug? Dave?) finds a new love interest, Ana Kincaid goes to a porn convention to make a quick (and embarrassing) buck, Kegelface is still Kegelface, and there's a new cum-time-stopper in town. In other words, we have a filler volume! It does pick up the pace and goes heavy on the emotions close to the end, but most of 'Fourgy' just wasn't very excit Sex Crimbos are back!.. But, unfortunately, not quite with a bang (hehe, bang).Jon and Suzie keep having troubles in their relationship, the shrink (Doug? Dave?) finds a new love interest, Ana Kincaid goes to a porn convention to make a quick (and embarrassing) buck, Kegelface is still Kegelface, and there's a new cum-time-stopper in town. In other words, we have a filler volume! It does pick up the pace and goes heavy on the emotions close to the end, but most of 'Fourgy' just wasn't very exciting story-wise.There was a whole issue that was a parody of Ed Brubaker's and Sean Phillips's comic 'Criminal'. They even got Elizabeth Breitweiser as a guest colourist, while Zdarsky did his best Sean Phillips impression so that the comic would look just like Brubaker's classic. While it was pretty funny as a gag, I didn't quite understand the point of it, and why it had to be a Criminal parody — just for the sake of making a Criminal parody, I guess. The issue is focused on the aforementioned new character, another time-stopper, and I've got to be honest — I didn't get his entire storyline, not just in that particular issue, but in the whole book. The guy has some weird fetish where he can only come when... people step on dolls, I guess? It's really confusing. And then his unique power that manifests when time stops just completely went over my head. I guess he summons some clay... dolls?... with huge dicks, and they have a mind of their own, or something? And at some point they appear in Jon and Suzie's bed, and that whole scene doesn't really go anywhere? And then the guy's story takes another equally confusing turn at the end of the book, which I won't even try to explain. Damn, Matt Fraction, are you trying to channel Grant Morrison here or something? What the shit was that!The volume is saved a bit by some touching emotional moments in the last couple of issues, and the ending promises some much more exciting plots in the next book, but knowing Fraction's problems with sticking to the schedule, and Zdarsky's ever increasing workload over at Marvel, nobody knows for sure when we are even going to get the next one.At least Chip is still on top of his game. His artwork keeps being vibrant and expressive, some splash pages and double spreads look downright beautiful, and there was a particular 64-panel silent page which was probably the best single page in this entire book, it was absolutely brilliant. And if you've read Sex Criminals before, you know that Zdarsky packs every background in almost every panel with hilarious (mostly dirty) jokes, and those are as funny as ever. He drew a porno convention, for chrissake! If you've read Sex Criminals, you can imagine how many visual gags you can expect just from that scene alone.Overall, Sex Criminals Volume 4: Fourgy! was kind of a letdown. This is still one of my favourite comics ever just for the sheer brilliance of the first two volumes, but I feel like the series is running out of fuel. Maybe it's time to wrap SexCrimz up while it still hasn't entirely gone to shit, eh, chums?
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  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    Delays are hurting this a bit, especially since I'm reading it in singles, but I still enjoy it whenever it does come out. This is more "serious" and less funny arc, shit is getting real for the characters. It's still good though.
  • Maggie Gordon
    January 1, 1970
    Sex Criminals consistently manages to talk about sex and relationships in a surprisingly nuanced fashion for a story that involves being able to stop time through orgasms. Volume 4 gets us deeper into the characters, but I must admit that I felt like the story is dragging. Jon has problems. Shocking. We're not really digging into them, but wallowing in what we already know. Suzie is sick of this shit, good on her. Dr. Kincaid and Dave go on a date, but the scenes feel lecture-y. Which, to be fai Sex Criminals consistently manages to talk about sex and relationships in a surprisingly nuanced fashion for a story that involves being able to stop time through orgasms. Volume 4 gets us deeper into the characters, but I must admit that I felt like the story is dragging. Jon has problems. Shocking. We're not really digging into them, but wallowing in what we already know. Suzie is sick of this shit, good on her. Dr. Kincaid and Dave go on a date, but the scenes feel lecture-y. Which, to be fair, is unsurprising for Kincaid, but I admit to be sensitive to narratives that end up feeling like classes rather than stories. There's a new dude with strange sex golems and his entire story doesn't make much sense. This volume meanders, touching on too many things and not leading anywhere much. Hopefully the next book bounces back to its full awesome self!
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    I have SO MANY FEELINGS about this volume! Stay tuned for a review on Rogues Portal , as well as a fuller, more emotional review here!
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    This one was deep. (pun intended)
  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Suzie and Jon continue to struggle to maintain an actual relationship that's not based purely around sex and for awhile, they actually seem to be succeeding. After the confrontation with the two others who share the same "ability" they decide that maybe they should try and avoid the Sex Police and try to lead normal lives. The reader is happy to see them happy, to see them setting goals and achieving them, really making a life together. But then, it all goes downhill. Jon starts bringing present Suzie and Jon continue to struggle to maintain an actual relationship that's not based purely around sex and for awhile, they actually seem to be succeeding. After the confrontation with the two others who share the same "ability" they decide that maybe they should try and avoid the Sex Police and try to lead normal lives. The reader is happy to see them happy, to see them setting goals and achieving them, really making a life together. But then, it all goes downhill. Jon starts bringing presents home to Suzie, you're never quite shown what these presents are, but it's obvious that after awhile she starts to get tired of them and they eventually have a talk and he says he won't do it anymore, that he's totally still into her and he doesn't need whatever it is, to want her. Though he's lying to her. There's also that strange pink room with the black box that he goes to when he's lost in thought. And now an interesting new figure has appeared in that room, Myrtle Spurge, one of the Sex Cops. Basically, the Fourth Volume is all about how lies and not being totally honest with your partner will eventually come back to haunt you and unravel everything you've worked hard to achieve. It's obvious that the Sex Police are still looking for them, even though Jon confronted of them (thinking that he was frozen in the Quiet Zone, but he of course, wasn't, so that should lead to some interesting developments) and in the end, Jon's lies come back and he and Suzie end it, or so it seems. It's a sad ending and one that leaves the reader feeling surprisingly empty since you want it to work for these two characters who are so likable and so easy to connect with. They're just everyday average people that you could very easily find yourself running into, so it's not hard to like them. So when things don't work out, it's sad. I'm hoping the next Volume will be out soon. Also I'd like to see Dave and Dr. Kincaid form a relationship but she's far too caustic for him I think...I like her but at the same time, she needs to tone it down. Not everyone is as jaded and bitter as her. Though isn't that always the case with some people you meet? Good volume though, well worth the wait and I'm really hoping the next Volume is out soon. I'm really enjoying this series and hope it has a good ending, a, shall I say, happy ending, had to do it :P.
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  • Surly
    January 1, 1970
    The enfants terribles of the comics world are now out with the fourth volume of their profane full-frontal sex adventure. Overall the series is very good: Volumes 1 and 2 are highly recommended, both funny and thoughtful, while Volume 3 tended to get a bit reflexive and . . . self-indulgent. Even so, Volume 4 was a mandatory pickup.Like the previous volumes, there's plenty of frank exploration of relationships and mental health, and Jon's struggles were depicted thoughtfully and honestly. Hard t The enfants terribles of the comics world are now out with the fourth volume of their profane full-frontal sex adventure. Overall the series is very good: Volumes 1 and 2 are highly recommended, both funny and thoughtful, while Volume 3 tended to get a bit reflexive and . . . self-indulgent. Even so, Volume 4 was a mandatory pickup.Like the previous volumes, there's plenty of frank exploration of relationships and mental health, and Jon's struggles were depicted thoughtfully and honestly. Hard to say whether his on-again off-again girlfriend Suzie receives the same respect or has devolved into a plot device, but Fraction arguably makes up for this with his treatment of other women characters, particularly the chapter featuring nominal villain Kegelface. By the way, Fraction and Zdarsky deserve high marks for somehow coming up with yet more unique forms of perverted sexual behavior that are funny and not too creepy. (And if you can't handle *some* creepy, you shouldn't be reading Sex Crims.)The book is funny. One or two laugh-out-loud moments. Perhaps not quite as rapid-fire as previous volumes, but the humor is an essential counterpoint to the darker themes of mental health and sexual fetish. And of course we've reached the apex of human artistic expression with the Wide Wiener song. The art is solid: character designs are varied and distinctive and, probably due to the utter insanity of some of Fraction's scripting choices, Zdarsky isn't afraid to experiment with composition.So Volume 4 is recommended and I'll be looking ahead to Volume 5. Hoping the plot threads will start to converge and move this story towards a strong conclusion.
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  • Noah Appelbaum
    January 1, 1970
    This volume was almost entirely interpersonal relationship development. I wouldn't go so far as to call it "filler," because I think overall it's all important stuff to the arc of the comic, but it's a little bit of a buzz kill to have it all jammed into one volume. The main Jon and Suzie plot feels like it's spinning its wheels, but I guess we'll see where we end up. The art is still really great, and the dialogue heavy "action" is totally carried by Zdarsky's super specific, relatable facial e This volume was almost entirely interpersonal relationship development. I wouldn't go so far as to call it "filler," because I think overall it's all important stuff to the arc of the comic, but it's a little bit of a buzz kill to have it all jammed into one volume. The main Jon and Suzie plot feels like it's spinning its wheels, but I guess we'll see where we end up. The art is still really great, and the dialogue heavy "action" is totally carried by Zdarsky's super specific, relatable facial expressions. I felt like this volume achieved this cool, paradoxical thing wherein there were so many naked bodies drawn in different shapes and positions, without much compromise, that seeing naked bodies started to feel totally normal and non-sexualized, even though the individual scenes in which these bodies were drawn were almost all sexual in nature. Anyway; still want to read more, hope we're going somewhere good.
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  • Jacquelyn
    January 1, 1970
    I've read all the individual issues, so I can't review any additional materials they'll include in the GN, and I don't know what they'll leave out. What I can say is that Sex Criminals continues to be one of the best stories available, of any genre, of any medium. In addition to the honesty that's been present since issue #1, it also self-examines and tries to correct any inherent biases that inevitably find their way in. It's irreverent and sensitive and hilarious. Just like sex.
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  • Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    Too much time has passed and I've forgotten who some of the characters are or how they figure into the plot but I still really enjoy this series. I almost wish I had a digital edition so I could zoom in on some of the background gags.I'll have to re-read the series soon and definitely before I volume 5 comes out.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I genuinely love this series and am always so happy when the next volume is released! I should wait and take my time because I know it will be a while before #5 comes out, but I can’t help it! The ending bummed me out but I look forward to next time!
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  • Jamie Sigal
    January 1, 1970
    Still one of the best books around, but I feel like the story is starting to slow down and this volume ended on kind of a down note. I'll be sticking around for sure, but I seem to be hitting the refractory zone a lot faster than I used to.
  • Mackenzie Doss
    January 1, 1970
    Dirty, hilarious, insightful. I shouldn't have to say more before you go buy this series.
  • Regina
    January 1, 1970
    Kind of a filler.
  • Nicole Michele
    January 1, 1970
    This is more of a 3.5... Sex Criminals is still one of my favorite comics but this volume felt like filler for sure.
  • Ellissa
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Carlyn
    January 1, 1970
    This was...OK. I still really enjoy the artwork but I think alongside the slight staleness of the story I've also outgrown the series.
  • Jeroen Nijs
    January 1, 1970
    Stiekem hoop ik bij elk nieuw deel dat het net zo goed is als het eerste. Dat wil niet niet zeggen dat dit deel slecht is, en het is zeker beter dan het vorige deel, maar toch mist er iets.
  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    Not my favorite volume? Lots of angst and questions in this one. Read in singles.
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