Reviews – Image Comics: Sex #2

Posted: April 15, 2013 in Reviews - Image Comics
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Written By: Joe Casey
Art By:  Piotr Kowalski
Price: $2.99

Sex? Yes, there’s definitely that here, but there is far more going on in this book then that. First thing’s first, despite the name, this is certainly no porno mag, I wouldn’t even go so far as to call it erotica. Porno and erotica, by the way, are two words I never expecting to use when I started dong this, so I wanted to slip them in again. For its part, Comixology, where I purchased this title, classifies Sex as a superhero book, as well as a risqué one. For my part, when I saw issue #1, the title made me curious enough to pick it up, and I found enough substance there to get us to this review of issue #2.

The book follows Simon Cooke, a retired superhero known as The Armored Saint, who has just returned to his old stomping grounds of Saturn City after a seven month absence. Obviously this return raises certain issues for Simon. Firstly, he’s got a company to run, an element of his life he’s not used to taking too seriously as its never been his main focus. Secondly there are people in Saturn City who are aware of Simon’s other identity, and being back home means he has to deal with them. The most interesting of these people so far, is Annabelle Lagravenese, aka Shadw Lynx. Think of her as Catwoman to Simon’s Batman, at least in her other life. And that is as good a place as any for us to talk about the actual sex in this title. See, Annabelle own a club specializing in “the world’s oldest profession” to use her words. A club Simon makes one of his first stops upon coming home. But here’s the thing about our protagonist, he’s a a former superhero, he’s a “saint”, he’s very repressed, which makes his visit to the club, and his interaction with Annabelle, rather awkward. As for the sex itself, I’ll admit, given the title I was somewhat expecting it to be end to end. That is far from the case. Yes, it’s there, and yes, there more of it in this issue then there was in the first, although its actually less graphic. Despite Annabelle walking Simon through what can best be described as an orgy, you’d have a tough time describing the scene as “hardcore”.

Bottom line, I only scratched the surface of what’s going on here. Don’t let the title through you, this is a very interesting book that I believe is set to only get more interesting, complex and probably graphic as it continues. So if you’re looking for a new book, an interesting read, and a very different superhero title, by all means, get yourself some sex.

Score: 8.5

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