SFSX #1 (Safe Sex)

Writer: Tina Horn Artist: Michael Dowling Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 25, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 9
8.7Critic Rating
6.9User Rating


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!

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Janicia "J." Francis Sep 26, 2019

    Like most safe spaces for marginalized people, The Dirty Mind is under constant threat and must be protected. With sex workers rights and safety under attack, schools, and churches being raided in search of undocumented immigrants, Black trans women being murdered at an alarming rate, and poor folks being pushed further into subjugation SFSX mirrors a reality that many in the civilized world already experience. SFSX does a great job at intentionally overlapping sex and social commentary without being heavy-handed. Establishing itself as more than a dirty comic (no shade or shame to dirty comics of course). Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Sep 25, 2019

    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. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Sep 24, 2019

    Supported by a boatload of sex workers on the production side, Tina Horn and Michael Dowling have put the time and effort into building this world and cast, making SFSX #1 incendiary and fun social science-fiction. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Sep 25, 2019

    A smart and entertaining comic that deals with familiar ideas government control of private sex lives (even a little bit) should always be met with a firm NO updated in for our times Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Sep 26, 2019

    Final Verdict: 9.0, A dark, satirical tale of sexual expression and oppression. With an experienced author who is well versed in kink and sexual literature this is never shocking for shock's sake. It is a mature thriller for adults by adults. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manuel Gomez Sep 25, 2019

    'SFSX (Safe Sex)' #1 unleashes a powerful, erotic, revolutionary, gorgeous and sex-positive narrative that will open your mind as to what constitutes true freedom in a world hell-bent on crushing you. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 25, 2019

    Michael Dowling delivers some beautiful art in this first issue. All of the characters look amazing and Dowling does a great job of bringing out emotion and tension in the art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jenna Anderson Sep 25, 2019

    Not only will SFSX #1 make readers want to see where the story goes next, but it will hopefully make them look at their relationship with sexuality and sexual politics in a whole new way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Sep 9, 2019

    With the topic of the book being sex, and with the creators involved, it will no doubt garner a lot of attention. If you are a fan of books like Bitch Planet and Unnatural you may well enjoy this society versus sex romp. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    On Comics Ground - Elizabeth Fazzio Sep 25, 2019

    On an intensely personal note, I find SFSX to be a very tough read. It deals with a subject which is immensely triggering for me, and with the draconian, single-minded, theocratic themes upon which the plot depends, it makes for a difficult 25-ish pages to get through. I could very easily have called this one in"requested something else to review"but this story is immensely compelling and the team behind it is coming from such a vulnerably strong place (which sounds like a contradiction in terms, but just trust me on this one) that I am choosing to persevere. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Chris Coplan Sep 24, 2019

    Like "The birds and the bees" but with actual insight. And fight scenes. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Sep 29, 2019

    Delivers what it promises and doesn't shy away from showing rather than telling. I already like to hate the creepy puritan regime called the Party, but they could do with a better name... maybe their lack of a creative name is meant to be indicative of who they are.

  • 10
    GTMedia Reviews Jan 13, 2020

    During the weekly zombie walk about my local comic shop, I stumbled across SFSX. I flipped through it, clutched my pearls and added it to my stack. After reading the issue I immediately called up my guy and added the rest of the series to my pull list. I was totally sold by the comics narrative and needed more.

    I've caught heat for years for being a conservative. Although I'm right-leaning when it comes to fiscal and security issues I've maintained a progressive streak when it comes to social issues and commentary.

    SFSX is a progressive story I can get behind, no pun intended. The comic is wild as hell and just may be the most explicit comic book I've ever read. The basic premise of the series is that a conservative more

  • 7.5
    DippingBird Sep 27, 2019

    I nearly didn’t pick this up, and I’m still unsure if I’ll get the next issue or wait for the trade. But this was a good first issue and I’m intrigued by the world that’s being built.

  • 10
    mrbrans Sep 25, 2019

  • 10
    Snuff Sep 30, 2019

  • 8.0
    Alex17 Sep 27, 2019

  • 5.5
    batman_forever Oct 26, 2019

  • 2.5
    Silver Rocket Sep 25, 2019

  • 1.0
    Aren Sep 25, 2019

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