Cover image for Sex. Book one, The summer of hard / Joe Casey, writer ; Piotr Kowalski, artist ; Brad Simpson, colorist ; Rus Wooton, letterer ; Sonia Harris, graphic designer.
Sex. Book one, The summer of hard / Joe Casey, writer ; Piotr Kowalski, artist ; Brad Simpson, colorist ; Rus Wooton, letterer ; Sonia Harris, graphic designer.
Title Variants:
Summer of hard
Publication Information:
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, [2013]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
"Contains material originally published in magazine for as Sex #1-8"--Title page verso.
"Welcome to Saturn City! Simon Cooke may have returned to the city he'd previously sworn to protect... but he's also retired from his own personal 'alternative lifestyle' and has yet to find something to replace it with. Now he's just another average citizen... or is he? This is repression at its most stylized! There's a big bad world out there ready to be embraced... only if he's man enough to do it!"--Page [4] of cover.
Audience/Reading Level:
Rated M, Mature.


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Retired superhero Simon Cooke has returned to Saturn City to live life as a"normal" civilian. Easier said than done! You might've heard about SEX, butnothing beats the real thing!

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bringing together issues #1-#8 of his series, Casey (Uncanny X-Men, Butcher Baker: The Righteous Maker) gives readers another sharp, twisted take on superhero cliches. Readers will be engrossed by this story about retired superhero, Simon Cooke-but for surprising reasons. Having returned to Saturn City to head up his company and live once again as a "normal" citizen when his days as the Armored Saint come to an end, Cooke finds the transition difficult, to say the least. He doesn't deal well with the people closest to him, not even his own lawyer, and he finds his professional responsibilities equally challenging. Although sex is everywhere in this book-and it's pretty explicit sex at that-it never seems gratuitous, and Cooke's attitude towards it and to all manner of excess is really the fascinating part of the story. Casey is so good here in developing his protagonist that the reader ultimately feels like the "hard" of the subtitle speaks more to Cooke's experience of the world around him than to the titillating pun that suggests itself. Illustrated by Kowalski with beauty and, at times, equal measures of brutality, Sex is something readers will find themselves wanting pretty bad. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

There's something oddly quaint about Sex: The Summer of Hard. In our modern world, where hard-core pornography is available at the click of a button, reading eight single-issue comics of soft-core meanderings seems like lots of work. And that's pretty much all Casey's title amounts to in this volume. Simon Cooke is taking a break from his superhero gig as the Armored Saint, hoping to let loose and sample Saturn City's abundance of escorts and high-class orgies, but he struggles with his conscience, his virtue, and his unconsummated love for his archnemesis (and Madame) Shadow Lynx. Less morally preoccupied subplots focusing on villains like grotesque Old Man, shady Prank Addict, and the slimy, effeminate Alpha Brothers offer a bit of excitement but not enough to turn this into a fleshed-out, compelling story. The conflict of the virtuous man dabbling in darkness feels antiquated and borrowed-Batman's inner psychic struggle comes to mind. Kowalski's artwork is serviceable and titillating but also repetitive and rote, and the trope of spelling out the sexual undertones lurking in the margins of mainstream comics is rather on-the-nose. Verdict For adult fans of sexual subtext in superhero sagas and the erstwhile connoisseur of nudie pics.-Emilia Packard, Austin, TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.