Late Thursday afternoon, Sex Criminals co-creator Chip Zdarsky tweeted an image with no caption: the cover for issue #26, “The End: Part One,” which hits shelves in January 2020. It’s been 16 months since a new issue of Sex Criminals was released and the news was met with great enthusiasm from fans — although it’s bittersweet, since Volume 6 will apparently conclude the weird, wonderful, orgasmic caper of Jon and Suz.
As a longtime Sex Criminals fan (ask me about my favorite comic!), this is huge, supremely welcome news. After Jon and Suz reunited at the end of Volume 5, it seemed like perhaps Zdarsky and Matt Fraction planned to let sleeping dogs lie. Thank God there’s more to come, though, because there’s so much left to this story, and I want to read it all.
But wait! It gets better! The pink-bagged NSFW XXX variant cover for issue #26 is illustrated by Jason Latour, a.k.a. the co-creator of Spider-Gwen and Southern Bastards.
(Tips Cowboy hat, aims finger gun your way)
— Jason Latour (@jasonlatour) October 25, 2019
The solicit text on the Image Comics website doesn’t reveal much, but it does confirm that Sex Criminals is back and this arc will be the last. Also: the bank will fall. Probably. Now that our eponymous heroes are reunited, it seems inevitable.
Sex Criminals #26 hits shelves January 29, 2020. Check out the solicit text and cover art below, then pre-order a copy from your local comic shop.
• THE SERIES? It’s back.
• JON AND SUZE? Also back.
• THE BANK? MUST BE TAKEN DOWN.
• THIS ARC? THE LAST. Gasp!
• BULLET LISTS? How do you turn them off in Microsoft Word
The highly anticipated return of the #1 New York Times bestselling humor/romance series SEX CRIMINALS kicks off its final story arc. Praised for its emotionally compelling characters, taut storytelling, and comedic genius, Time Magazine called it “the best comic of the year” upon launch. Since its debut, SEX CRIMINALS has garnered coverage from such mainstream media outlets as Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, NPR, and The Washington Post and won multiple awards. SEX CRIMINALS follows the adventures of Suzie and Jon—a couple who discover they can stop time when they have sex. This final chapter sees the reunion of writer MATT FRACTION (NOVEMBER, Hawkeye) and CHIP ZDARSKY (THE WHITE TREES, Daredevil).
Select praise for SEX CRIMINALS: Eisner Award-winning Best New Series Harvey Award-winning Best New Series #1 New York Times Bestseller #1 Amazon Bestseller: Literary Graphic Novels Entertainment Weekly’s Must List Publishers Weekly Bestseller Rolling Stone’s “The 50 Best Non-Superhero Graphic Novels” List “Delightful and VERY not-safe-for-work.” —NPR “A precision-tuned screwball comedy on its surface, and that surface is gorgeous, thanks to ZDARSKY’s ace sense of design and inventive color technique.” —TIME Magazine “An honest, heartfelt story about relationships that was more John Hughes than John Holmes.” —USA Today “ZDARSKY’s fluid, brightly hued artwork is dense with smutty gags, but this is a deeper, more understated comedy than it initially seems.” —The New York Times “Wildly imaginative, randy and true…ZDARSKY’s staging, storytelling, and character designs make this even crazier. Great fun!” —Miami Herald