Written & Created by Tina Horn
Drawn and Colored by Jen Hickman
Cover Art by Tula Lotay
Lettered by Steve Wands
Edited & Designed by Laurenn McCubbin
“Feeling safe isn’t the same as being safe…”
In This Issue: Things aren’t going well for the Dirty Mind crew.
Avory, George, and Casey are trapped in the storage room with Jones and her backup squad. When attempting to appeal to Jones’ sensitivity fails, Casey produces a smoke bomb, which buys them some time. In the haze, Casey and George manage to get the jump on a couple of the Pleasure Center guards, ironically incapacitating them with the very things they seek to destroy—sex toys and kink supplies. Jones is hunting Avory, trying to lure her out, but after Avory strategically dumps a barrel of lube, Jones only succeeds in shooting Avory in the foot. Unfortunately, Avory slips up in her own trap, as does George—who left Casey rigging up a giant metal cage once used for electricity fetishists to try to trap some more guards—when he attempts to come to her aid.
Sylvia, Nick, and Denis are stuck on the thirteenth floor with Dr. Powell, who is excited to have his “Patient Zero” back, and is torturing Denis through the device he implanted in them years before. The device controls both pain and pleasure, and Dr. Powell is applying both with abandon. When Sylvia attempts to come to Denis’ aid, she gets a bullet to the thigh for her troubles. Dr. Powell decides he needs a break, and sits down to lecture Nick for falling in with the wrong crowd. Powell claims to have designed his devices as a means to prevent young people from being ‘distracted’ by all the things The Dirty Mind stood for. Nick, sensing an opportunity, diverts Dr. Powell’s attention towards the grudge he bears toward Ms. Boreman, and appealing to his ego. Sylvia and Denis pick up on the plan, and while Sylvia feigns sympathy for Dr. Powell’s pain at having lost his own lover and wanting to prevent anyone else from experiencing what he has, Denis avails himself upon an unattended electrical device and takes Powell down.
With Dr. Powell down for the count, Nick finds a way to get Denis out of the building, and he and Sylvia go to try to help the others…
My Two Cents: This penultimate issue of SFSX is setting itself up for a showdown when the arc finishes next month. Jen Hickman drew and colored this issue, so one could argue that the art, having been conceived and completed by the same hand, is somehow truer—a whole thing rather than two halves. There were some issues with text this month. The lettering was bold-heavy, leading the eye of the reader to put emphasis in awkward places in the dialogue. This was present in Issue #1 but not #2-5, so it’s difficult to know exactly why it showed up again. With the Dirty Mind crew fighting for sexual freedom inside the Pleasure Center, and the rally outside run by people who are hellbent to strip away any actual pleasure from the act, the stage is set for a thrilling finale next month.