"SFSX #1"-A captivating, vibrant, NSFW study of oppressed sexual freedom under authoritarian rule

Writer: Tina Horn, Art/Colors: Michael Dowling, Cover Art: Tula Lotay


"SFSX #1" cover art by Tula Lotay

There is A LOT to strip away in the first issue of SFSX, and I'm sure that's just the way writer Tina Horn intends for it to be.


New from Image Comics, SFSX is a story about the hyper-conservatism of a new political party on an American society, particularly that of San Francisco, which is constantly lauded as a safe haven for people of all backgrounds and sexualities.


While SFSX #1 goes into the more "extreme" and "free" lifestyles that some folks may choose to partake in, it does go into detail about how the party chooses to censor a great deal of everyday life for people, and the extremes people will go to in order to protect their ways of life on both sides of the fringe.




Like a great deal of comics today, the book appears intended to mirror a potential dystopian future should particular real life ideals take a foothold in our governing bodies.


Horn's narrative is solid. With a tale given from the main character Avory's point of view, we get to see the sudden change that attempting to live a free lifestyle can have when an oppressive body suddenly comes in to uproot that freedom.

There is also a stark contrast between the two central characters of Avory and her boyfriend/husband George, and their acclimation to a new lifestyle under the regime (The Party).


While Avory is very vocal about her displeasure in falling in line, George's new employment seems to be bringing his ideals more in kind with the way The Party runs people's lives.


SFSX is also vibrantly drawn (pencilled and colored) by Michael Dowling. Dowling perfectly brings to life the different settings of The Dirty Mind in comparison to the rather bleak "reformed" San Francisco. Dowling's ability to paint two completely different worlds really helps the reader to understand the type of world Horn has created, and what lies at stake for the main character and her compatriots.


A word to the wonderful readers of this review: this book is definitely NSFW.

There are quite a vast array of graphic scenes that many would not want people in their vicinity to wander their eyes upon. READER BEWARE!


Though to be quite fair, this was an excellent read, and it should not be slept on, as it has already gotten a second printing ordered prior to its release.


If I had to give it a score, I'd call SFSX #1 a 10/10.

A captivatingly written, vibrantly drawn story, that is anything but SF.

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