Sex Criminals Vol 1 by Matt Fraction

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Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction is creative and original and like nothing else on the market. It is the one comic that true comic book readers and not the jonny come latelys that think Tony Stark and Robert Downey Jr are really one and the same. Sex Criminals is one of those books that proves that in comics it is not only exciting to push the boundaries set by others; it is a privilege.

Suzie is a normal young teenager with the curiosity and changing desires of all girls her age. But what she doesn’t realize is that not everyone feels what she feels and as she grows older, she finds out something even stranger. When she orgasms, time stops. Everyone freezes for a time and she can do whatever she pleases. One day she meets a young man, Jon, and together they find that they share this unique power.

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Suzie learns that the library she loves is about to be closed and torn down for lack of funds to keep it open and running. So she comes upon a plan to save the library. With Jon’s help, they will have sex, stop time, and rob a few banks. It seems simple enough and even fun, but what they don’t realize is that they are not the only sex-powered time stoppers and the others don’t look kindly on what they are up to. No there is the wet-dream police who are determined to put a halt to Suzie and Jon lead by a stoic and frustrated sex-crazed soccer mom.

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Sex and comics is nothing new. You only need to pick up a Penthouse or a Playboy to see the strips that accompany them or the small pulp comic books that a mainstay in manga and other forms of comic art. But to have a story along with it. An original and well written story is something that is rare is a sexualized comic series and Sex Criminals does have that. What Matt Fraction also doesn’t shy away is the awkwardness that accompanies sex. Instead, he splays it wide open for all to see. With humor and with boldness, sex is not just the titilation to this comic, it is the backbone as well.

A fun and exciting series.

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Batman, Vol. 2: I Am Suicide

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Batman, Volume 2: I Am Suicide by Tom King is the second storyline in the Rebirth line of this Batman book and I have to say it has taken leaps and bounds from where I Am Gotham left off. If you did not read I Am Gotham, you may want to before beginning this collection. This is a different Batman, somewhat vulnerable and the main reason for the storyline is the new herione, Gotham Girl who lays dying in the Batcave.

Gotham Girl is dying and to save her, Batman must find the Psycho-Pirate in the belief that the damage he has done with his mind altering powers can somehow be reversed and save Gotham’s newest herione. Only Psycho-Pirate is being held on the island of Santa Prisca and to reach him, Batman must go through the only foe that has ever truly broken him. He must go through Bane.

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To accomplish this feat, Batman turns to people he knows in his heart, he cannot trust. Amanda Waller. The Ventriloquist. Bronze Tiger. Jewlee. Punchee. Catwoman. Batman must face his darkest moments and take on Bane. But this is also a different Bane, no longer addicted to the powerful drug Venom which gave him his super strength, this is a Bane who rules, naked on his throne, with an army surrounding him and his prison kingdom.

Much will and has been made about the title to this storyline and if Batman is suicidal. While it can be said that this edition of the Dark Knight is much more morose than in the past and it certainly seems that he has a death wish, I have to disagree. Batman is simply looking for a good death. He seems to be at a point in his life where death seems inevitable and he wants his to be a good death. A death that has value. A death that has meaning. A grand sacrifice. We spend alot of time in the Dark Knight’s mind in this one, he is introspective and forlorn. But not about his life or his choices. No, what we find her is that Batman simply does not wish to be alone any longer.

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That is the problem because the one person he would share his life with he cannot. She is serving a life sentence for the murder of hundreds of people. She is Selena Kyle, the Catwoman. In I Am Suicide we are drawn into the love affair denied in ways no writer before has tried. There are love letters written to one another that we become privy to and moments of heartache and regret.

Tom King steps it up huge in this storyline, he has developed a Batman that is not only a hero, but intensely human. There is plot and subplot. There is cross and double-cross and there is a side of Batman not often seen. A Batman who aches for the love he must deny himself. A Batman who must face the foe that broke him and in doing so, break Bane.

This one is one of the better Batman stories to come along for sometime.

The Batman in I Am Suicide is not a Batman who is searching for his death; but instead, the reassurance of a life well lived.

Monday’s Mutants are Elsie-Dee and Albert

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Though not mutants in the biological sense, these two comic book characters exist primarily in the Marvel Mutant Universe and primarily in that of The Wolverine.

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Elsie-Dee was created, along with her partner, Albert by Donald Pierce, the same man who put together the team of the Reavers who waged war on Mutants and the Wolverine in particular. Pierce hates Mutants and hates himself as well for not completely being a man. He is part cyborg and part man. Pierce creates or enhances other cyborgs with the sole purpose of hunting and killing mutants. He creates the duo of Elsie-Dee and Albert to hunt and kill the Wolverine. Albert is a cyborg double of the Wolverine and looks exactly like Logan. Elsie-Dee has the appearance of a five year old child. Albert would lure the Wolverine into battle and inside Elsie-Dee is a bomb with sufficient force, they believe, to kill the Wolverine. But Elsie-Dee was given the maximum artificial intelligence possible and she decides she doesn’t want to sacrifice herself. She disarms the bomb inside of her and in battling with the Wolverine, Albert and Elsie-Dee find him to be of noble character and they counter-act their programming.

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The two cyborgs fight alongside Wolverine on several occasions but eventually leave to have adventures of their own. They end up traveling back in time to the wilds of North America to fight alongside the local native Americans. There it seems they have stayed, happy to not be a part of battle between mutant and Reavers.

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Tuesday’s Terrible Twosome – Cable and Stryfe

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Tuesday’s Terrible Twosome features two characters that are related or involved with one another with a major impact on their lives and storylines. They can be in love, in hate, related or in some cases, two versions of the same person.

Today’s is Cable and Stryfe.

Cable, Nathan Summers, is the son of X-Men, Cyclops (Scott Summers) and Madelyne Pryor ( The Goblin Queen and clone of Jean Grey). He is infected with the techo-organic virus by the Mutant Apocalypse and is taken to the future by Askani as the only means to save the child’s life. In the future the Askani clone the baby Nathan in hopes of salvaging something of the child. The clone grows at an accelerated pace and is soon the same age as Nathan, becoming in all forms, basically his twin. As Nathan heals, the clone serves to help in the process. Apocalypse attacks the Askani and takes the clone child and raises it as his own. The clone child is named Stryfe.

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Under Apocalypse tutelage, Stryfe becomes an evil  half to the good that is Nathan. He raises an army to fight against his bother/himself and becomes a dictatorial ruler in the future. With Cable, the group the New Canaanites overthrow Stryfe who escapes back into the past in the time of the X-men. Here he sows dissent by posing as Nathan Summers aka Cable among the mutants. Stryfe becomes a mutant terrorist and wages war on both mutant and human alike. He often battles the New Mutants who fight alongside Cable and one instance tells Cable that he, Stryfe, impersonated Cable and raped Cable’s wife Jenskot. This leads Cable to learn that his son, Tyler Dayspring may be Stryfe’s son.

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After shooting Professor X with an infected bullet, Stryfe takes Cyclops and Jean Grey captive. Cable battles with his brother/himself and opens a temporal rift and destroys Stryfe with it.

Of course this is far from the end of the rivalry between the two over the course of thousands of years this has been one of the mutant’s more well written and well developed, Cain and Abel storylines.

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With the popularity of the Deadpool movie, Cable will soon move into the mainstream consciousness, but the true backstory of the character can never be told until we also tell the story of his brother/himself; Stryfe.

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