(Author: Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky) + (Year: 2015) + (Goodreads)
I liked this volume a lot!
The previous one was centered around Suzie much more than it was around Jon. And I liked her a lot, while my feelings towards him were very ambiguous. Especially between him as she sees him, and him as he is.
In Volume 2, however, we had the opportunity to spend more time with the “real” Jon, and I started warming up to him more. I enjoyed the first issue of the volume a lot, because it showed his own struggle, his attempts to be “normal”, his desire to do so, for her, if not for himself.
Which of course led to a lot of ups and downs in their relationship, which, I guess, is pretty normal. And I also liked that the authors were very persistent in their storytelling. A worse writer would have idealized Suzie and Jon’s relationship now that they have found each other. Instead, the two characters stayed themselves. Suzie was described as… let’s call it frivolous, in her sex life, prior to meeting Jon, and here we saw her struggles to abstain from other men. Especially Robert Rainbow, whom I actually liked a lot.
However, my most beloved character of this volume was undoubtedly Jazmine St. Cocaine. She was a fantastic comic relief and a nice breath of fresh air among the inner struggles of Suzie and Jon, their relationship trouble, and their attempts of escaping Kegelface. Not to mention The Wicked + the Divine porn version, which was absolutely brilliant and I’m so glad I read that one first, because it made the Sex Criminals issue even better.
I’m really excited about reading the next volume of the story and seeing how everything unravels!
P.S. If there is one thing I would change about the art, it’s Jon’s nose. Nothing has ever been as unnecessary and as distracting.