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  1. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    This book. This fucking book. I was never going to be prepared for it to end. And I mean it when I say this was the perfect ending for one of the best comics of all time. It taught me a lot, it made me laugh, it damn near made me cry, and it made me feel less alone and more at peace with myself and with the world. And that’s not to mention Letter Daddies, the absolute best letter column of all time, which made me go through a roller coaster of emotions every time all on its own. I will always mis This book. This fucking book. I was never going to be prepared for it to end. And I mean it when I say this was the perfect ending for one of the best comics of all time. It taught me a lot, it made me laugh, it damn near made me cry, and it made me feel less alone and more at peace with myself and with the world. And that’s not to mention Letter Daddies, the absolute best letter column of all time, which made me go through a roller coaster of emotions every time all on its own. I will always miss this book, and I will never not want to read it again. Goodbye, Sex Criminals. And a huge thank you to Matt, Chip and everyone else who made it happen.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Kelsey

    "Never feeling new joy is too high a price to pay for never feeling new pain. So maybe this is gonna hurt. It's okay. I can take it." Damn. Terrific ending. "Never feeling new joy is too high a price to pay for never feeling new pain. So maybe this is gonna hurt. It's okay. I can take it." Damn. Terrific ending.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ed Erwin

    "Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." Oh wait, that's something else. Let me try again. "Suze has come unstuck in time." That's better. Sex criminals started in volume 1 with people who could stop time when orgasming, and rob banks and poop in plants while the world is frozen. Round about volume 3 it veered into something different and weird. I never liked it as much after that. But the love story at the core is very touching, realistic and mature, despite the craziness all around it. "Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." Oh wait, that's something else. Let me try again. "Suze has come unstuck in time." That's better. Sex criminals started in volume 1 with people who could stop time when orgasming, and rob banks and poop in plants while the world is frozen. Round about volume 3 it veered into something different and weird. I never liked it as much after that. But the love story at the core is very touching, realistic and mature, despite the craziness all around it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    So it comes to a end. I remember reading this like 10 years ago now haha. So I'm just going to cut out most of what it is about because it's major spoilers. Just know it has a lot to do with time travel, why they have this power, and what happens after it is gone. That's the majority of this book. The last issue is kind of the final cap on it all as it jumps ahead years and we see all our characters and where they are in life. And see, the last issue is actually really solid. Made me laugh, made So it comes to a end. I remember reading this like 10 years ago now haha. So I'm just going to cut out most of what it is about because it's major spoilers. Just know it has a lot to do with time travel, why they have this power, and what happens after it is gone. That's the majority of this book. The last issue is kind of the final cap on it all as it jumps ahead years and we see all our characters and where they are in life. And see, the last issue is actually really solid. Made me laugh, made me smile, and the ending felt perfect. But the actual plot, the bad guy, the overuse of sexual things to put funny situations but weren't that funny is there. I mean there's still al ot of funny parts, but the whole evil guy who don't give a fuck, is boring here. But overall the series ends solid enough. Nothing compared to its first 3 volumes but I enjoyed it none the less. A 3 out of 5.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    The first book was a wild and funny sex romp. This finale is the damp and stained sheets that need to be stripped off the bed while your mind churns with the lingering regret of, "What did we do?" The first book was a wild and funny sex romp. This finale is the damp and stained sheets that need to be stripped off the bed while your mind churns with the lingering regret of, "What did we do?"

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hung

    For mature readers. Duh. How to describe Sex Criminals? Sex Criminals is a sex comedy comic series about sex, relationship and time manipulation. While sex and humour plays an important role in this series, the real focus of the series are on relationships and sexuality. The sci-fi element was featured most prominently at the beginning of the story. Don't expect to see the crazy time loops in Paper Girls. I would categorise this as sci-fi lite. What drew me to this series was the original wacky co For mature readers. Duh. How to describe Sex Criminals? Sex Criminals is a sex comedy comic series about sex, relationship and time manipulation. While sex and humour plays an important role in this series, the real focus of the series are on relationships and sexuality. The sci-fi element was featured most prominently at the beginning of the story. Don't expect to see the crazy time loops in Paper Girls. I would categorise this as sci-fi lite. What drew me to this series was the original wacky concept and the juvenile humour. From plant pooping to the sexified background signage. Every volume introduced something new that plays with the reader's expectations. What kept me reading is the relationship between Suzie and Jon. They are so adorable. Despite their "superpower", the writer did a great job at portraying these characters with real issues and relatable flaws. The awkwardness of stepping into puberty, learning about sex from unreliable sources were handled with sensitivity and humour. The way the writer addresses the issues of mental illness and depression were appreciated by readers in the letters column. The supporting cast range from sex worker to psychiatrist, all with their own interesting back story. My only gripe about this series is the Sex Police storyline. Pick this up if you are of legal age and appreciate well written adult comics like Saga and Ex Machina.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Weird meta pop-psych ending completely unrelated to the story as told at the start.

  8. 5 out of 5

    André Habet

    i didn't cry though i wanted to, and perhaps I didn't cry because it's been ages since I read the last volume. I really loved these characters. Not just Jon and Suzie, but all of them. And while the happy ending wasn't a happy ending (ya, I went there), it was fitting. Fraction, Zdrasky, you all own a sliver of my heart and I will remember Dick Duck forever. i didn't cry though i wanted to, and perhaps I didn't cry because it's been ages since I read the last volume. I really loved these characters. Not just Jon and Suzie, but all of them. And while the happy ending wasn't a happy ending (ya, I went there), it was fitting. Fraction, Zdrasky, you all own a sliver of my heart and I will remember Dick Duck forever.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Queen Ophilia III

    Great ending for this comic series. Been waiting for this book and im happy it delivered. If you like sex and dick jokes plus have a dirty mind, i recommend this book. My erotica + comic fangirl had a little scream at this and i was so happy to hear my libraey had them :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leighane

    It was definitely bittersweet finishing this, as I did really love a majority of the series, but this one is just an out of control, bonkers mess. But at least things got tied up lol

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aldi

    A very satisfying conclusion to a really fun series. I had a few niggles but mostly I just went "awwwww" a lot. A very satisfying conclusion to a really fun series. I had a few niggles but mostly I just went "awwwww" a lot.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Belinda (TheBookBuddies)

    I can’t believe it’s over. This was one of my first forays into indie comics, which is fucking hilarious cause who tf decides to pick up a comic book called Sex Criminals as a beginner comic? Apparently I do. I will forever be grateful to Matt and Chip for writing this masterpiece. In between all of the dick jokes and sex puns that are literally everywhere, even in the fine details like fake movie and book titles, they gave me one of the realest relationships I have had the pleasure of reading. I can’t believe it’s over. This was one of my first forays into indie comics, which is fucking hilarious cause who tf decides to pick up a comic book called Sex Criminals as a beginner comic? Apparently I do. I will forever be grateful to Matt and Chip for writing this masterpiece. In between all of the dick jokes and sex puns that are literally everywhere, even in the fine details like fake movie and book titles, they gave me one of the realest relationships I have had the pleasure of reading. Jon and Suzie are like nothing else. I love them so much. I love how much they love each other. The lengths they went to for one another. What they did when they were together and apart. It’s hard to explain, but they’re infinite you know? They’ll always find their way back to each other. (view spoiler)[Suzie literally found her way back to the present because Jon loved her so much. Idc about the fact that they’re not officially together in the end. I know they’re endgame. That pinky hold solidifies it. It may not have been the right time then, but one day it will be. I know in my heart that they’re together. I don’t need the confirmation. I have faith. (hide spoiler)] It’s funny how such a ridiculous comic book could contain such an honest portrayal of love. Of relationships. The good, the bad, the messy, the ugly, and the wonderful. All of it was so visceral. The many facets of loving someone else. I’m just rambling now so lemme cut this short. I really hope Matt and Chip make another comic together. Maybe it’ll be more normal, whatever tf that means, or maybe it’ll be even weirder than time-stopping orgasms. Who knows? I’m gonna end this with one of my favorite quotes of all time. I love it because it’s true. Love is complete with or without sex. I love this quote so much I plan on getting it tattooed on my arm. Hopefully by then the world will return to some sense of normalcy and I’ll be able to go to comic con again, and maybe Matt and Chip will be there and I’ll be able to show it off. Sex is just a word. Love is a sentence.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erin Cataldi

    I really enjoyed this whole series and as far as endings go it's not awful. I just wanted more. I don't know if there was an ending the creators could have come up with that I would have enjoyed. It all comes down to Suze, Jon, and their other kinky friends to finally finish the "fight" against Badal. He's been getting info on them for years and it's all going to culminate in something big; except that no one knows what exactly that is. Suze decides to be the one to go after it and it turns ever I really enjoyed this whole series and as far as endings go it's not awful. I just wanted more. I don't know if there was an ending the creators could have come up with that I would have enjoyed. It all comes down to Suze, Jon, and their other kinky friends to finally finish the "fight" against Badal. He's been getting info on them for years and it's all going to culminate in something big; except that no one knows what exactly that is. Suze decides to be the one to go after it and it turns everything they know upside down. I wanted more sex capers not the end of a series!!!! But... it is done. And it was one hell of a ride.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    What can I say? I'm a sucker for a good ending. This wasn't the funniest installation in the story, but it had a lot of heart and really good conclusions to all of the character development that built up to it. No spoilers, but the ending of the Badal storyline kind of felt like it came out of nowhere to me and didn't satisfy as much as I'd hoped it would, but it didn't ruin the story for me or anything and the conclusion to the rest of the plot points made up for it. In all, Sex Criminals has b What can I say? I'm a sucker for a good ending. This wasn't the funniest installation in the story, but it had a lot of heart and really good conclusions to all of the character development that built up to it. No spoilers, but the ending of the Badal storyline kind of felt like it came out of nowhere to me and didn't satisfy as much as I'd hoped it would, but it didn't ruin the story for me or anything and the conclusion to the rest of the plot points made up for it. In all, Sex Criminals has been an incredibly fun and unique read and well worth all of the praise that it gets.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    I had to speed read through this last volume...I couldn't take it anymore. But in hindsight, it's my own fault. I read Volume 1 years ago and finishing the series was on the lower end of my TBR priority. Now I knew why. I didn't really care about finishing this series. It's sad--the first volume was a lot of fun. Then it all went downhill from there. I had to speed read through this last volume...I couldn't take it anymore. But in hindsight, it's my own fault. I read Volume 1 years ago and finishing the series was on the lower end of my TBR priority. Now I knew why. I didn't really care about finishing this series. It's sad--the first volume was a lot of fun. Then it all went downhill from there.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Josh Brown

    Rating is for the whole second half of the series. Can't believe this thing started seven years ago! And actually ended! Rating is for the whole second half of the series. Can't believe this thing started seven years ago! And actually ended!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Luke Spooner

    A good conclusion to the series. I'm going to miss these comics. A good conclusion to the series. I'm going to miss these comics.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Taylor

    Sex criminals is over and it was PERFECT

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Natusch

    Well, there was certainly a bang and a climax, but that occurred halfway through the volume, leaving the second half feeling much like the end of Lord of the Rings, where everything that needed to be done is done but there's still a third of the book to go... Nonetheless, it was a nice conclusion, even though I'm more than a little mystified as to what in the hell actually happened to Badel... Well, there was certainly a bang and a climax, but that occurred halfway through the volume, leaving the second half feeling much like the end of Lord of the Rings, where everything that needed to be done is done but there's still a third of the book to go... Nonetheless, it was a nice conclusion, even though I'm more than a little mystified as to what in the hell actually happened to Badel...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Frances

    You gotta be impressed when a sprawling, absurd, dirty book ends spectacularly and with love. I’m sad it’s over. I’m glad I was here for it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    A little torn. All stories evolve, but this one seemed to evolve past where it started quite a bit. It tried to get real serious and I'm not sure I was there for it. But this could also be because I read the previous volume so long ago that I didn't have any momentum going into this. A little torn. All stories evolve, but this one seemed to evolve past where it started quite a bit. It tried to get real serious and I'm not sure I was there for it. But this could also be because I read the previous volume so long ago that I didn't have any momentum going into this.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    I could ask myself what happened to this series, but I think the more appropriate question to ask if what happened to Matt Fraction? Either he started to care less and less as the series progressed and wrapped up, or, and I'm honestly leaning more towards this explanation, the dude has been in a depressive state for some time that's only gotten worse--hence resulting in this volume that in no way resembles the first two to three volumes (when you actually got a sense he cared and was invested in I could ask myself what happened to this series, but I think the more appropriate question to ask if what happened to Matt Fraction? Either he started to care less and less as the series progressed and wrapped up, or, and I'm honestly leaning more towards this explanation, the dude has been in a depressive state for some time that's only gotten worse--hence resulting in this volume that in no way resembles the first two to three volumes (when you actually got a sense he cared and was invested in this comic). I mean, just consider how the letters column, the faux interviews, the ephemera, whathaveyou, just increasingly shrunk with each volume--until the last two volumes had zilch. I would proffer that there is a positive correlation between the "bonus" material and the quality of this series' downslide. (I'll also add the dedication in the front of the book from Matt, while presented as a "joke"--uh, to quote the Simpsons, "Every joke has a kernel of truth.") I ended up getting the first volume for my library because I saw it was on all these banned books lists one year. I read it and I fell in love with it--here was this comic that was both sex positive and library positive? It was like it was made for me. Plus, it was funny and clever. Unfortunately, keyword there being "was." Cracks started to show as the series progressed; the plot became more strained and contrived; jumps in time came off more lazy than serving per storytelling; and yes, it became increasingly less funny and clever, in both regards. If Matt Fraction could have stayed invested (and I don't want to sound like I'm blaming him for losing a personal investment in the series--because I'm honestly inferring that this was due to a deep depression, which is not his fault if so), and this series could have stuck with the original premise, then it could have been funny and clever for however long Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky wanted to do it. However, as Fraction stretched the story to its breaking point several times over during the course of the series, with contrived developments and twists--it honestly could have benefitted from having a statement made by the series, a point to all of this. But it never had one, and that's a bummer because the series really suffers for it. If Fraction did indeed slip into a deep depression that affected this series, I wish I knew what he had hoped to say with Sex Criminals before his depression ultimately enveloped him and his work.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Luke

    Turns out, Duke and Dewey were the real protagonists all along! (Rating for the full series: 4.5/5)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jacob A. Mirallegro

    This fucking comic. I love this series so much and they wrapped it up in such a cool and interesting way. It gets huge props for presenting time in a really thoughtful and intelligent way without making it tired. The way it jumped around at the beginning of this volume kinda threw me off but they made it work in the end. This volume was all so unexpected but I loved how much they focused on time and how we move through it. They also managed to keep the emotions as strong as ever. Yes maybe it was This fucking comic. I love this series so much and they wrapped it up in such a cool and interesting way. It gets huge props for presenting time in a really thoughtful and intelligent way without making it tired. The way it jumped around at the beginning of this volume kinda threw me off but they made it work in the end. This volume was all so unexpected but I loved how much they focused on time and how we move through it. They also managed to keep the emotions as strong as ever. Yes maybe it wasn't as funny as previous volumes but it was really well done and it has some of the best art in the series. Some character moments felt a bit rushed but nothing too major. I've been super invested and in love with this comic from the second I started reading it, so for it to come to an end definitely hurts but I'm so happy it got to explore everything it wanted to. I really hope we get another Matt and Chip comic in the future. They're a creative team made for each other.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Crosson

    I guess this was a satisfying conclusion?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    The final volume of the series about having sex to stop time to rob banks, which contains very little robbing banks, not much stopping time, and is even a little short on the shagging. The ingeniously titled porn parodies for which it was once notorious are gone from the backgrounds, replaced by more melancholy piss-takes such as Learning To Love Again: Life After WicDiv. Indeed, the bittersweet which has been creeping in over recent volumes is now high enough in the mix that we even get two com The final volume of the series about having sex to stop time to rob banks, which contains very little robbing banks, not much stopping time, and is even a little short on the shagging. The ingeniously titled porn parodies for which it was once notorious are gone from the backgrounds, replaced by more melancholy piss-takes such as Learning To Love Again: Life After WicDiv. Indeed, the bittersweet which has been creeping in over recent volumes is now high enough in the mix that we even get two comperes popping up occasionally to apologise for the lack of laughs, who then fluff their own jokes sufficiently that yes, it cracked me up. Ultimately, it pulls that sneaky Opposite Of Sex trick by turning into something like a straight love story in the end, but fuck it, after all they've been through (and are still going through here), it's nice to see Suze and Jon happy. Ish. In the backmatter, Fraction and Zdarsky basically admit that they've fallen out of love with the series as originally premised, but are determined not to churn out a final act that doesn't even satisfy themselves, and fair play to them for that. Speaking of backmatter: purely through the peculiarities of Comixology pricing, these issues are the first time I've read Sex Criminals in singles, and it turns out that when people used to jokingly say that the letters page was the best bit, they weren't actually joking. It's genuinely moving, even coming in this late, to see that this book about which I was fairly so-so was such a massive deal to people. Letter after letter recounts how fans realised stuff about themselves, their lives, their sexuality through this book. One lucky couple even get a $69 restaurant voucher for after - emphatically after, not before - losing their V-cards, having written in to detail their plan for the long-awaited evening. Still, even if it works much better when you can see the weight of investment and community carrying the book through, the story itself is not without its rewards. Block time has been a popular idea among comics creators for a while, which makes sense given how easily it maps to a comics format – but this is particularly clear and concise on the downside of that notion, how the good moments can remain a solace but that also means the bad moments are there forever too, which makes for an awful temptation to go back and poke at them, forever. Which obviously doesn't need to be literally true to be a very good trauma metaphor, and certainly in this volume, this is more than anything a comic about dealing with trauma. The last few issues came out post-Event, and if the whole "being alone together" bit gains extra resonance from that, it rather undercuts a key line from the finale: "Never feeling new joy is too high a price to pay for never feeling new pain." Well, I'd tend to agree, but sadly the world made that choice for us, and now we don't get any new joy anymore, just plenty of new pain. I say 'finale'; the series has had more endings than Lord Of The Rings (did they do a porn parody title for that, back when? They must have done, surely?), and the collection also includes the flash-forward #69. Did they just do a flash-forward so they could finish on 69, rather than 31? Almost certainly, but can you blame them? Curiously, the collection does finish there, omitting the subsequent Sexual Gary special, which I picked up in the same sale but am now regarding with some trepidation.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    This series started off comedic, and steadily grew more serious throughout each volume. It's certainly something I'd warn someone of if I were recommending the series (the plot can also get a little messy). But I have nothing but love for this series. It started out with jokes and humor in Vol. 1, but for me the series really hit its stride in Vol. 2-- and from there I just could not get over how much care was put into these characters. So much compassion when exploring characters' insecurities, This series started off comedic, and steadily grew more serious throughout each volume. It's certainly something I'd warn someone of if I were recommending the series (the plot can also get a little messy). But I have nothing but love for this series. It started out with jokes and humor in Vol. 1, but for me the series really hit its stride in Vol. 2-- and from there I just could not get over how much care was put into these characters. So much compassion when exploring characters' insecurities, mental illnesses, sexualities, and kinks or lack thereof. Going into the series I knew only "couple can stop time with sex, and do crimes." So I expected the following: 1. Jon and Suzie Have Sex & Stop Time. 2. Do Crime. 3. ??? 4. Profit! Instead I got nuance-- scenes with characters receiving mental health care and counselling, couples talking to each other about the (often unfair, usually unspoken) expectations sometimes placed on ones' partner during sex, exploration of kink and exploration of the vanilla, an entire meta scene which deftly sidestepped the "to slutshame or not to slutshame sex workers" discussion and instead allowing the characters to come to peace without having to even speak slutshaming into existence. All with a, honestly ridiculous but not overly complicated plot which kept things in motion enough for me. I'll be honest, as a queer woman, I went in with low expectations. From the outside it was easy to expect a shallow silly heteronormative romp. I did not expect this kind of range and awareness from two cis!dudes (who jokingly labeled themselves as "bi-furious" in an after-comic bit in one volume, but I don't want to misidentify anyone here). They didn't have to go this hard for me, but they did, and I am so grateful. Ultimately, I think the best praise I can give to this series is that it is surprising and isn't that just a treat.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I do love these guys, and their irreverent sense of humour, and I can only imagine how hard it was to come up with a master plot to tie the characters together, to give them a joint purpose and make this less porney and more plotty. It just didn’t connect with me. I totally see what they were trying to do - I get that they wanted to leave you wondering a bit how it all ended (will they, or won’t they?) but I just ended up feeling like the story ran out of steam, and they didn’t do right by the c I do love these guys, and their irreverent sense of humour, and I can only imagine how hard it was to come up with a master plot to tie the characters together, to give them a joint purpose and make this less porney and more plotty. It just didn’t connect with me. I totally see what they were trying to do - I get that they wanted to leave you wondering a bit how it all ended (will they, or won’t they?) but I just ended up feeling like the story ran out of steam, and they didn’t do right by the characters. It’s definitely a tough balance between character development and plot, and this last book didn’t find it. It’s like they didn’t realize that we really did like the characters, and want to know where they ended up - and not just in a synopsis at the end of the story. Actually, that might have been better than where it ended up. I mean, Kegelface with anti-aircraft guns? I wanted to know how they all coped with that MASSIVE shift in their lives, and how it messed with their identities. I would definitely recommend the first couple of books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kurt Rocourt

    The series started out well but the ending was crap. The problem with this series started in the middle of it. Somewhere in there the writer lost the plot. I saw the same thing happen with Y: The Last Man. At some point the writer was so enamored with their own work that they forgot where they were going with the story. That's why there was a shift in the tone of the book. The rest was just a race to finish the story since the writer had no idea what to do before the ending. It's like, you know The series started out well but the ending was crap. The problem with this series started in the middle of it. Somewhere in there the writer lost the plot. I saw the same thing happen with Y: The Last Man. At some point the writer was so enamored with their own work that they forgot where they were going with the story. That's why there was a shift in the tone of the book. The rest was just a race to finish the story since the writer had no idea what to do before the ending. It's like, you know the beginning and ending to a story but have no idea what is in the middle. That's what happened with Y: The Last Man and Sex Criminals which is sad since both started out well but they just could not finish well.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Szymon

    You just look up and suddenly at some point people start peeling off, heading out. And you remember. Just for one second, that this whole thing was temporary. All you can think is, Let's just stay here together a little bit longer.Jon and Suze's weird heist is coming (ha!) to an end. A bittersweet finale that offers an appropriate resolution to the last volumes' increasingly bonkers plots. I can highly recommend this series to anyone fond of Fraction's other work, of heists, weird sex positi You just look up and suddenly at some point people start peeling off, heading out. And you remember. Just for one second, that this whole thing was temporary. All you can think is, Let's just stay here together a little bit longer.Jon and Suze's weird heist is coming (ha!) to an end. A bittersweet finale that offers an appropriate resolution to the last volumes' increasingly bonkers plots. I can highly recommend this series to anyone fond of Fraction's other work, of heists, weird sex positive sci-fi-esque plots, bank heists, orgasms, and discussions about grief, trauma and relationships. And yes the last couple of pages made me tear up. Big love to this series I will definitely revisit some time down the line.

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