Published by Image Comics on March 22nd, 2016
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Dystopia, Science Fiction, Urban
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Some nudity and implied sex.
Reviewed by: Kim
Modern society is obsessed with outward beauty. What if there was a way to guarantee you could become more and more beautiful every day? What if it was a sexually transmitted disease?
In the world of The Beauty, physical perfection is only one sexual encounter away. The vast majority of the population has taken advantage of it, but Detectives Vaughn and Foster will soon discover it comes at a terrible cost. Now, they'll have to find their way past corrupt poiticians, vengeful federal agents, and a terrifying mercenary out to collect the price on their heads.
Collects the first six issues of the critically acclaimed, Pilot Season winning series by writer/artist JEREMY HAUN (Constantine, Batwoman) and co-writer JASON A. HURLEY.
If you were one sexual encounter away from being permanently beautiful, would you do it? In Image Comics’ THE BEAUTY, physical perfection is a sexually transmitted disease and a lot of people have taken the plunge. Despite the constant low-level fever all the infected have, there’s no harm in it, is there?
One of my favourite aspects of THE BEAUTY was the colouring. It sounds like a silly thing to adore, but the colouring made it super clear who was infected and who wasn’t. The infected nearly glow, and everyone around them is pasty and grey by comparison. Being able to see the percentage of the population that was or wasn’t infected in public spaces really added to the drama, especially as more and more people started exploding.
It was fun to explore the different attitudes toward the infection. Most people were infected on purpose, but a few were not. One half of the detective team was infected by accident, and she hates that she’s judged by her coworkers and the general public for being vain. She is also underestimated by their enemies, both because of her sex and because of her apparent vanity. Seeing her kick ass at the end of the book was highly satisfying.
The book was a bit more police thriller than scientific thriller, but it still managed to include the two. I’m more of a fan of the scientific angle, so I’m hoping the next volumes concentrate on that. With the world changing at a hurtling pace by the end of the book, it’s guaranteed that things will get more intense than simple spontaneous combustion.Series Titles:
- The Beauty Volume 1
- The Beauty Volume 2
- The Beauty Volume 3
- For more books about a near future where looks are everything, check out the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield
- For a more scientific thriller about a cure for everything going horribly wrong, check out Parasitology by Mira Grant