Sex and the Superhero

March 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

Published by Image, Sex#1 by Joe Casey premiered this week.  Definitely for grown-ups, the first issue depicts the return of Simon Cooke, retired superhero, to Saturn City, a megalopolis gorgeously illustrated by Piotr Kowalski.

Joe Casey’s publicity and interviews have already provoked some opinions.  In a recent CBR interview Casey described the comic as “a book about what happens when superheroes and supervillains stop fighting.”  His idea is that, conceptually, Sex asks:

Aren’t most superhero comics basically pornography with fight scenes instead of sex scenes (with the knockout punch acting as the cum shot)? Aren’t superheroes usually depicted visually as naked human figures with lines drawn onto them and colored as costumes?

Sex#1 is mostly narrative set-up, and Simon Cooke seems headed for some dark places.  Kowalski’s art alone is a reason to pick up the title.  I’ll check out the next few issues to see what more the book has to offer, but I’m inclined to think that, other than pure titillation, showing the sex in a superhero comic is a lot like explaining why a joke is funny.  Still, Casey and Kowlaski are making some bold creative risks, something I always welcome in comics.

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Be sure to check out my horror webcomic MetaMorphosis!

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