MINI BOOK REVIEWS: Low & Sex Criminals

WARNING: Both graphic novels have nudity and some explicit content!

TITLE: Low Volume 1
AUTHOR: Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini
RATING: 2.5/5
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Humans have been forced to live in the depths of the ocean due to the sun’s expansion, but Stel still has hope in humanity.

QUICK REVIEW: I liked the premise of the story, an underwater dystopian sci-fi world to delve into, it’s what made me want to read it in the first place. The story has potential, but my main problem with this graphic novel stems from lack of explanation. I don’t think they explained the world enough, I think it needs more set up. And because of it, I was left confused for the rest of the novel. It also didn’t help that the artwork, although beautiful, was confusing to me. I instantly dislike graphic novels that don’t distinguish their characters well enough. There were times I didn’t know who was who, and that’s a problem – a big problem for me.

I know I won’t be continuing the story, but I see the potential it has for the future.

TITLE: Sex Criminals Vol. 1
AUTHOR: Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky
RATING: 3 / 5
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: When Suzie and Jon have sex, they stop time, so obviously the go ahead and rob a bank to save the library (I’d do the same if it meant I could save a library lol).

QUICK REVIEW: Just as you’d expect from the title and summary, Sex Criminals is a bizarre story. It’s not meant to be taken serious, and I appreciate that. It’s funny, bizarre, and breaks the fourth wall more than once. If I’m honest, I’m not sure why I liked it, and I’m not sure why I didn’t. The concept is interesting. Stopping time? Very cool. Stopping time through sex? Nothing like I’ve ever read before.

Will I keep reading this comic series? Probably not. Initially I requested the first two volumes of the series (from my library), but as I started reading the second volume I figured out I wasn’t that invested in the story. The characters weren’t very compelling and I didn’t really care what happened next.

If you like ridiculous stories and don’t mind nudity, then I’d recommend this comic.

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