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Big Hard Sex Criminals: Volume One PDF, ePub eBook Collecting the first ten issues of the Eisner and Harvey awardwinning, TIME Magazine Best Comic of the year of our lord 2013, SEX CRIMINALS, in an oversized hardcover format guaranteed to embarrass you to order.

30 review for Big Hard Sex Criminals: Volume One

  1. 4 out of 5

    Toby

    Sex Criminals. For mature readers. Duh. The premise of a graphic novel about a couple who stop time when they orgasm, so they rob banks, was enough to get my juices going but little did I know that after the first issue I'd be laughing hysterically and fully engrossed in the on page hot woman on man action. With their series, Sex Criminals, Fraction and Zdarsky have created a many layered science fantasy story about people whose orgasms stop time, a discussion of our sexual repressions and appeti Sex Criminals. For mature readers. Duh. The premise of a graphic novel about a couple who stop time when they orgasm, so they rob banks, was enough to get my juices going but little did I know that after the first issue I'd be laughing hysterically and fully engrossed in the on page hot woman on man action. With their series, Sex Criminals, Fraction and Zdarsky have created a many layered science fantasy story about people whose orgasms stop time, a discussion of our sexual repressions and appetites, a laugh-a-panel dick joke-fest, and give the impression that the mythology behind the concept is just getting warmed up as our protagonists grow as people and delve further in to the time stopping orgasm scene or Appletown/America/The World. Fraction writes with depth and subtlety, as well as some expected silliness, whilst Zdarsky seems to have immersed himself fully in the silliness that such a concept can provide to an artist who takes their time to include as many visual jokes as humanly possible in each and every panel. This deluxe hardcover edition is actually a thing of beauty too, the kind of clean high impact design I can really get behind, it's as far from titillating as you could get/expect from such a button pressing title and not even remotely like any graphic novel cover I recall seeing previously. I can't wait for more Sex Criminals to enter my life (but preferably not after they've stopped time to break in to my house and fuck with my shit.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mladen

    When I heard the title for this book it peaked, my interest. However, I hesitated to pick it up, because of the man who was writing it. That man is Matt Fraction, who I wasn’t a fan of, after reading his Thor World Eaters arc. It left really bad taste in my mouth that I didn’t even bother, reading his run on Thor. But I’m happy to say, that I really enjoyed reading his book, Sex Criminals. What I liked: A weird comedic story about a couple who stop time when they orgasm, and rob banks. I thought When I heard the title for this book it peaked, my interest. However, I hesitated to pick it up, because of the man who was writing it. That man is Matt Fraction, who I wasn’t a fan of, after reading his Thor World Eaters arc. It left really bad taste in my mouth that I didn’t even bother, reading his run on Thor. But I’m happy to say, that I really enjoyed reading his book, Sex Criminals. What I liked: A weird comedic story about a couple who stop time when they orgasm, and rob banks. I thought the chemistry, and dynamic between the two characters, was quite charming. Chip Zadarsky’s beautiful cartoonish art fitted well with the tone, and the mature themes of the book. What I didn’t like: Matt fraction tends to repeat the same lines almost in every page of the book. Examples: This guy/girl, this fucking guy/girl, awful, and motherfuckers. I don’t mind curse words, but there others he could have used besides motherfuckers like: assholes, bastards, idiots etc. There was a moment, where a character loses his dick, and later out of nowhere he has it again. No explanation, how he lost it in the first place, and how he got it back. Overall, this was a really fun book, and my first great Matt Fraction book, so far.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Image publishes really high quality deluxe hardcover collections of their comic books and this edition of Sex Criminals is a stellar example! Not only does it collect the first two wacky volumes of the series, it also comes with extras you can't miss! It starts out with a hilariously inappropriate fake book cover underneath the dust jacket, which already has an eye-catching title. Then at the end, it includes a gallery of all the beautiful cover art, articles on the creative process, a hefty lis Image publishes really high quality deluxe hardcover collections of their comic books and this edition of Sex Criminals is a stellar example! Not only does it collect the first two wacky volumes of the series, it also comes with extras you can't miss! It starts out with a hilariously inappropriate fake book cover underneath the dust jacket, which already has an eye-catching title. Then at the end, it includes a gallery of all the beautiful cover art, articles on the creative process, a hefty list of useful sex tips from the creators, and a really cool piece highlighting some of the clever jokes hidden in the artwork. A stellar deluxe release that's sure to be a collectible! The two volumes included in this edition are also sold separately: Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cheese

    Firstly can I just say the hard cover under the dust sleeve on this book is hilarious and very creative.... Secondly, this story is brilliant. It's almost like a whole new genre! It had me laughing out loud, but it also gripped my attention. I really wanted to know the characters.....and the artwork...awesome. It is a very adult book more so than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. I love the bit in the toilet with all the random positions I've never heard of haha. Read it and brighten Firstly can I just say the hard cover under the dust sleeve on this book is hilarious and very creative.... Secondly, this story is brilliant. It's almost like a whole new genre! It had me laughing out loud, but it also gripped my attention. I really wanted to know the characters.....and the artwork...awesome. It is a very adult book more so than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. I love the bit in the toilet with all the random positions I've never heard of haha. Read it and brighten up your life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Love. This. Book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Drucilla

    So...the creators have a perverted sense of humor...and it's kind of awesome. The comic is this weird mix of humor, serious stuff, and safe sex practices that, oddly enough, totally work. There's also extra content at the end that's really cool. I'm a little unclear as to why there were no protests at the fact that Suzie's library was going into foreclosure or how it was legal for (view spoiler)[the bank to just renege on their extension (hide spoiler)] , but I can't wait for the next volume.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patrick McG

    I read this book and there was sex in it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marnie Krüger

    For a while I lost my interest there. But yesterday I picked up this and read it cover to cover. The graphics is awsome and the story - welk at times it gets a bit boring - but overall it's good stuff when all comes together.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    I’d read Volume 1 before and was pretty “meh” about it. I just did not get why so many people were so crazy about it. Cue to my reading the Big Hard edition and now I get it. It turns out that this is one of those series where you need to read the first two volumes to really get into the story. All the things that I found lacking in the first volume get fixed in the second… Or, if you’re just reading the Big Hard edition, you get a full story with character development and plot points get explai I’d read Volume 1 before and was pretty “meh” about it. I just did not get why so many people were so crazy about it. Cue to my reading the Big Hard edition and now I get it. It turns out that this is one of those series where you need to read the first two volumes to really get into the story. All the things that I found lacking in the first volume get fixed in the second… Or, if you’re just reading the Big Hard edition, you get a full story with character development and plot points get explained and fleshed out. It’s somewhat crazy and over the top at times, but the concept is rather original and a fun read for mature readers.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kat Ritchie

    Strange concept. Beautiful art. Fun to read, overall.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Golnoush

    Given the blatant sexual innuendos visible on the cover I expected weak humor spiced up with "sex" in order to sell a few copies but the first 10 pages were enough to correct my misconception. Well, the sex jokes are still there, but It doesn’t feel like an added bonus to deliver a few laughs; it’s clever humor that comments on modern romance and relationships and even manages to feel fresh amidst the hundreds of sexual puns you encounter while reading this book. The thing that made me intereste Given the blatant sexual innuendos visible on the cover I expected weak humor spiced up with "sex" in order to sell a few copies but the first 10 pages were enough to correct my misconception. Well, the sex jokes are still there, but It doesn’t feel like an added bonus to deliver a few laughs; it’s clever humor that comments on modern romance and relationships and even manages to feel fresh amidst the hundreds of sexual puns you encounter while reading this book. The thing that made me interested enough to continue; however, was neither the humor nor the overall story, but the characters. The story falls from time to time but the characterization is so brilliantly done that keeps you interested enough to turn another page. I also have to pay an ode to Chip’s detailed artwork; I enjoyed scanning each page and zooming to read every bit of little joke he’s added in the posters and shop signs in every panel.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emily Linacre

    so, this book was recommended as a read-aloud for an adult (naughty) story time on a library group on facebook. seeing the title, i needed more information. reading the summary, i laughed out loud, and thought, "what the hey." and what the hey is right...what a weird, sad, safe-sex discussing, mental health addressing, funny, and GRAPHIC graphic novel! :) there's a cute romance (although if suzie said "this guy. this fucking guy," while swooning over jon ONE MORE TIME i'd have...been annoyed), som so, this book was recommended as a read-aloud for an adult (naughty) story time on a library group on facebook. seeing the title, i needed more information. reading the summary, i laughed out loud, and thought, "what the hey." and what the hey is right...what a weird, sad, safe-sex discussing, mental health addressing, funny, and GRAPHIC graphic novel! :) there's a cute romance (although if suzie said "this guy. this fucking guy," while swooning over jon ONE MORE TIME i'd have...been annoyed), some laugh out loud relatable moments (especially if you hate your job, i imagine), some robin hood action (literally) to save a library (!! as a librarian I APPROVE), and a swerve into weird territory with sex police and some sort of technology that notifies them when people do it. i lost it a little with that last bit, but i mean, it's a book about people who can stop time when they have sex, so let's not think too hard about it and just enjoy the ride. (see what i did there?) i added the fourth star for the extras in the back. one of my favorite thing about graphic novels is finding all the hilarious stuff in the artwork, and this book includes several pages of "chip's stupid details," with "a bunch of stuff i (chip) want you to see." love!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nya Martinez

    ~Review to "come~ P.s. That was a semi intentional pun

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Anytime I finish a volume, i always begin to miss that mild stripe of self-consciousness I get reading such filth in public.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Really interesting premise, but I didn't feel like anything was explained here. Not even a little bit. The why and what behind this is still pretty much a mystery for me. Hoping more is explained and shared with the readers in the next book!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ollie

    I don’t know whether Sex Criminals is an imaginative idea or a sign that we are scraping the bottom of the barrel. Get this, the whole premise is that these two kids (and I say “kids” to be cute) find each other and discover that they can stop time somehow when they orgasm. And what do they do with this power? They decide to rob a bank to help Suzie (the girl in this duo) keep her library open. Got it? Good. Does that sound genius or pathetic to you? Yeah, I don’t know either. What I do know is t I don’t know whether Sex Criminals is an imaginative idea or a sign that we are scraping the bottom of the barrel. Get this, the whole premise is that these two kids (and I say “kids” to be cute) find each other and discover that they can stop time somehow when they orgasm. And what do they do with this power? They decide to rob a bank to help Suzie (the girl in this duo) keep her library open. Got it? Good. Does that sound genius or pathetic to you? Yeah, I don’t know either. What I do know is that whatever story Matt Fraction is going for here, he managed to write some of the most boring characters ever to tell it. Protagonists Suzie and her beau Jon have incredibly uninteresting backgrounds and a motivation that is spotty at best. Sure, they are presented as having “fucked up” childhoods, but really it’s just standard boo-hoo fare. And it’s not like we feel like we want to root for them as a couple either, because they simply don’t have chemistry, no matter how often they have sex or how often Suzie says, “This fucking guy!” whenever Jon does something “cute.” What kind of people are Suzie and Jon? Well, they seem like the kind of people who won’t stop quoting Monty Python. Ugh… At least this book gets it right as far as deluxe editions go. It’s a beautiful hardcover, wonderfully designed and oversized, and filled with stuff that people who enjoy bonus features are actually looking for, like pencil and panel breakdown, a gallery of covers used for various editions of the issues, and a section that goes over all the art and joke references that were hidden in the book. So as far as that’s concerned, the deluxe edition does its part. The rest, however, is debatable.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mainon

    Pros: 1. Neat concept. What if, for some people, the "little death" was more like a "little time-freezing"? 2. A pretty well-rounded male love interest. He's cute but not a Greek god, he's bright but not a genius, he's sweet but sometimes a jerk, well-intentioned but has some obvious and some not-so-obvious issues. 3. Lots of jokes and puns, especially hidden in the artwork. Very fun. Cons: 1. The female protagonist just isn't as *interesting* as her love interest. She's not quite a Mary Sue, but I Pros: 1. Neat concept. What if, for some people, the "little death" was more like a "little time-freezing"? 2. A pretty well-rounded male love interest. He's cute but not a Greek god, he's bright but not a genius, he's sweet but sometimes a jerk, well-intentioned but has some obvious and some not-so-obvious issues. 3. Lots of jokes and puns, especially hidden in the artwork. Very fun. Cons: 1. The female protagonist just isn't as *interesting* as her love interest. She's not quite a Mary Sue, but I felt like I could tell that the authors weren't as sure-footed about drawing a complex female character. The inner monologue of women doesn't seem to be something in their wheelhouse. 2. I don't really "get" the villains, the self-appointed sex police. If your overriding concern is making sure that people like you don't use their powers for ill (because you want your powers to remain secret), then ... wouldn't you use your finding-power-people technology to track them down and explain your position, and get them to agree on a code of conduct or something? Isn't that part of the lesson of Charles Xavier? Having them wander around experimenting with their powers for years before you show up seems counter-productive. Yeah, I just don't understand their motives, I think.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    The second installment in this series just doesn't pack the same hilarity that those initial issues had. There's a bit of a worthwhile trade-off, for the surprisingly deft handling of serious emotional issues, but the ebullient craziness of those early issues was part of the charm. Now that the blush has worn off, both for the reader and the creative team, the relationship has to figure out where it's going to land. And we're all figuring things out here, right there on the page, and that's grea The second installment in this series just doesn't pack the same hilarity that those initial issues had. There's a bit of a worthwhile trade-off, for the surprisingly deft handling of serious emotional issues, but the ebullient craziness of those early issues was part of the charm. Now that the blush has worn off, both for the reader and the creative team, the relationship has to figure out where it's going to land. And we're all figuring things out here, right there on the page, and that's great. And I can't wait to see what happens next. BIG FULL REVIEW coming later this month: http://ragingbiblioholism.com/2015/07...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    3.5 stars. My inner self--a nerdy teenage Mad magazine reader--loved the sex jokes, the super-detailed art, the tiny background jokes, and most especially the puns. Oh the puns. My outer self--a grown-up who reads romance--wanted more present-day plot, more resolution (even though i know comics don't work that way), and more world-building explanation beyond the initial premise.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This book kind of blew my mind. A new approach to sex in graphic novel form that is woman-centred, sex-positive, sex-work positive, and not to mention freaking HILARIOUS. Can't wait to continue reading the series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Thekelburrows

    I laughed so many inappropriate laughs.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin Tuzuner

    SO MUCH FUN. A bombastic title that certainly titillates... and educates. And makes with the funny.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ritika

    I am stopping time each time you read this. Keep going, will you?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Could not stop laughing! Loved it. Can't wait for the new trade paperback to see what happens next.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Utterly hilarious, and the art is so detailed and full of jokes throughout. Not for the faint of heart.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Holly Letson

    This was very enjoyable. I need to read Volume 3 soon.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Sevitt

    I waited and splurged for this bumper edition and it was totally worth it. Best new series I have read in a long time. Funny, sexy and bonkers.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    What can I say? This graphic novel (no pun intended) was as funny as it was original! The clash of the protagonists' weird power and the undeniable struggles of the real world creates a story with hilarious panels and thought-provoking scenes. The only reason I found out about this book was due to its placement on the Top 10 Most Challenged Books list for 2016. There now remains only one book on the 2016 list I have yet to read. Ha! Take that society! In reality, I don't think I became too attach What can I say? This graphic novel (no pun intended) was as funny as it was original! The clash of the protagonists' weird power and the undeniable struggles of the real world creates a story with hilarious panels and thought-provoking scenes. The only reason I found out about this book was due to its placement on the Top 10 Most Challenged Books list for 2016. There now remains only one book on the 2016 list I have yet to read. Ha! Take that society! In reality, I don't think I became too attached to the characters or too invested in the story to continue reading through the next compilation. But this book was quite a ride!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Khairul Hezry

    Read it solely because I've enjoyed Matt Fraction's work and I wasn't disappointed here. Didn't know what to expect even after finding out the premise (a couple can stop time when they have sex, so they rob banks?) but was pleasantly surprised. Good thing about reading collected editions is that you get a whole chunk in one go so I didn't need to wait months to see the characters' development and understand their struggle and motivations. Still don't know much about the Sex Police though but I h Read it solely because I've enjoyed Matt Fraction's work and I wasn't disappointed here. Didn't know what to expect even after finding out the premise (a couple can stop time when they have sex, so they rob banks?) but was pleasantly surprised. Good thing about reading collected editions is that you get a whole chunk in one go so I didn't need to wait months to see the characters' development and understand their struggle and motivations. Still don't know much about the Sex Police though but I hate them already.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tripp

    Loved this one. The subject matter is fun. Girl learns she stops time when she orgasms, then meets someone who can do the same, so turn to a life of Robin-Hood crime...only to run into the Sex Police. The art is great. It could easily slide into the prurient, but keeps a sex-positive, goofy quality that can keep most readers engaged. Well, any that would consider reading such a book. The book is littered with sight gags as well. Image did up the special hard cover too. Tons of bonus content, gorg Loved this one. The subject matter is fun. Girl learns she stops time when she orgasms, then meets someone who can do the same, so turn to a life of Robin-Hood crime...only to run into the Sex Police. The art is great. It could easily slide into the prurient, but keeps a sex-positive, goofy quality that can keep most readers engaged. Well, any that would consider reading such a book. The book is littered with sight gags as well. Image did up the special hard cover too. Tons of bonus content, gorgeous pages.

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