SFSX (Safe Sex) #1 Review

Title: SFSX (Safe Sex) #1
Publisher: Image
Words: Tina Horn
Art: Mike Dowling
Published: September 25, 2019

Publisher’s Summary: Notorious kink writer TINA HORN teams up with artist MICHAEL DOWLING (Unfollow, Death Sentence) for SFSX, a social thriller about sex, love, and torture that reads like SEX CRIMINALS in Gilead crossed with Oceans 8—with a SUNSTONE twist! In a draconian America where sexuality is bureaucratized and policed, a group of queer sex workers keep the magic alive in an underground club called the Dirty Mind. Using their unique bondage skills, they resolve to infiltrate the mysterious government Pleasure Center, free their friends, and fight the power!


Review

“I can remember the last time I was allowed to growl, and grunt, and squeal, and gasp, and surprise myself. I can remember the last time I was free to scream.”

While SFSX (Safe Sex) is most certainly an adult series, it’s so much more than a provocative compilation of violence, strong language, and nudity that centers on fighting the man; SFSX (Safe Sex) presents readers with an epic “what if” scenario that features incredibly high stakes and some seriously thrilling action. As much as I am urged to call this series, and this issue, specifically, bold, I can’t; doing so would detract from the timeliness and appropriateness of SFSX (Safe Sex); I will instead call it necessary. Art, like SFSX (Safe Sex), that invites question and provokes conversation is necessary in that without it, without questions, without conversations, societal and cultural stagnation is inevitable. SFSX (Safe Sex) #1 is a must-read issue.

In addition to reading this issue, and the others that will follow this one, I urge readers to listen to the included playlist that can be found toward the end of the book; some of these suggested tracks may be unfamiliar, but they should be experienced before, during, or even after reading SFSX (Safe Sex) #1.

Bottom Line

Thrilling, provocative, beautiful, and intense, SFSX (Safe Sex) is a must-read series that encourages readers to look beyond social constructions, to challenge authority, and embrace who they are.

The Bottom Line
Thrilling, evocative, beautiful, and intense, SFSX (Safe Sex) is a must-read series that encourages readers to look beyond social constructions, to challenge authority, and embrace who they are.
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Charlie Chipman
Charlie Chipman
The kind of guy who almost always ends his e-mails with, "Cheers," Charlie serves as Editor-in-Chief here at The Brazen Bull where he often reviews comic books and television shows. His favorite punctuation mark is the interrobang‽

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