Big Hard Sex Criminals, Vol. 3: Deluxxxe Hardcover

Image Comics. Jul. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9781534319097. $44.99. GRAPHIC NOVELS
Don’t let the markedly bonkers high concept fool you—this title might feature the trials and travails of star-crossed lovers for whom experiencing an orgasm triggers the ability to stop time, but it’s actually about the difficulty of sustaining intimate connections. This final volume of the ongoing series opens with a particularly incisive exploration of that theme, as Jon and Suze search for stability in the wake of their devastating breakup. Jon’s insistence that he’s doing fine is undermined by how he can hardly muster the enthusiasm to answer a simple question from his new girlfriend; meanwhile, Suze is dating a boring blowhard and living with her hypersexual, boundary-less mother. When she begins experiencing strange visions that draw her into the orbit of a vicious tycoon with plans to harness the source of their powers, she and Jon are forced to reunite and reconcile their feelings for one another.
VERDICT Fraction (Adventureman, Vol. 1: The End and Everything After) and Zdarsky (Stillwater, Vol. 1: Rage, Rage) deliver a satisfying, bittersweet conclusion to their oft-hilarious, emotionally fraught epic. The hardcover collects issues 21–30 and 69 and includes an epilogue.
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