Sex, Love, And Torture In SFSX: Safe Sex From Tina Horn, Michael Dowling & Image Comics

by Oliver MacNamee

Billed as “a social thriller about sex, love, and torture”, Image Comics have announced new title, SFSX: Safe Sex, from notorious kink writer Tina Horn (Why Are People Into That?! podcast host) and artist Michael Dowling (Unfollow, Death Sentence) set to launch this September.

SFSX is set in a draconian America where sexuality is bureaucratized and policed. Here readers meet a group of queer sex workers keeping 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.

But, why bring this to Image? Here’s Horn on her decision:

When I think of my favorite boundary-pushing comics of the 21st century, Image is at the front of my mind. Bitch Planet showed that feminist social thrillers can have real satirical bite. Saga and Wic+Div showed that outrageous queer sexuality can be an integral part of sci-fi action adventure stories. Those are the books that inspired me when I was developing the world, characters, and themes of Safe Sex, so nothing could please me more than finding a home alongside them with Image.

And with news that Vertigo is to wind down and shut its doors next year, it’s good to see Image (and others) offering up a place for such books.

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