The Beauty

The Beauty

Volume One

Book - 2016
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"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 politicians, vengeful federal agents, and a terrifying mercenary out to collect the price on their heads" -- Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Berkelwy, CA : Image Comics, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781632155504
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Call Number: AGN HAUN, J


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Apr 13, 2016

This graphic novel was competently executed, but overall felt like a missed opportunity.

On page 1 the reader is told that "The Beauty" is an STD that makes people beautiful. Get this disease and fat melts away, skin blemishes disappear, etc, etc.
On page 2 the reader is shown someone with the beauty spontaneously combusting.
On page 3 the main character and this partner, both detectives, show up and announce that The Beauty is responsible for this event and they're going to figure out how.
By page 4 or 5 the story has started to ignore The Beauty in favor of a more comic-book-traditional X-Files style storyline. Questions like "Who's covering up The Beauty's deadly secret?", "What will they do to the main character in order to let this disease ravage the population?", etc, largely define the remainder of the book.

The disease itself is sidelined; if the book had used any other infection instead of The Beauty the story would have played out the same way.

There were so many interesting situations that could have been explored using The Beauty is a story motivator, but the author largely opts for more traditional conspiracy-action comic book tropes instead. This story feels like a missed opportunity.


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