Image Announces Social Thriller SFSX For This Fall

With the fall of Vertigo, publishers like Image are left to pick up the reigns of publishing mature, socially conscious comics for adults. Fortunately, Image has been good about filling that niche, especially when it comes to creator-owned titles. Titles like Sex Criminals and Sex have even reinforced Image as an appropriate place for comics dealing with very mature subject matter. With a new comic, SFSX, Image ventures into an area of social commentary in sequential form.

One thing I want to point out before I pass you along to the press release, that Tina Horn is more than a podcast host. Her writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Hazlitt, Glamour, Jezebel and elsewhere. She has written two books on sexuality. Artist Michael Dowling has not only worked on Unfollow and Death Sentence, but on Judge Dredd and Psi-Judge Anderson for 2000 A.D. This is a creative team that promises a great social commentary comic.

Here’s the press release from Image Comics.


Image Comics is pleased to announce that notorious kink writer Tina Horn (Why Are People Into That?! podcast host) and fan-favorite artist Michael Dowling (Unfollow, Death Sentence) will team up for the forthcoming SFSX: Safe Sex, a social thriller about sex, love, and torture 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.

“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 WicDiv showed that outrageous queer sexuality can be an integral part of sci-fi action adventure stories,” said Horn. “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.”

SFSX #1 (Diamond Code JUL190078) will be available on Wednesday, September 25. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, September 2