- Publication Date: August 12, 2015
- Science-fiction, horror, somewhat dystopian future, crime, mystery, graphic novel
- Warnings: This story’s whole plot revolves around a deadly form of STD that turns you beautiful with the risk of also exploding. Sounds fun right? Anyway, there are mild sexual scenes, nudity, a lot of violence, blood, and crude language. If you can’t handle that, I’d advise you to look for another story.
“THE PILOT SEASON WINNER RETURNS! 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 attainable. The vast majority of the population has taken advantage of it, but Detectives Foster and Vaughn will soon discover it comes at a terrible price. Writer/artist JEREMY HAUN (Constantine, Batwoman) and co-writer JASON A. HURLEY offer up a startling reflection on the cost of looking good in this procedural science fiction tale.”
I’ll be honest. I first picked up The Beauty thinking it would be about some sort of zombie outbreak. I will admit that I have yet to get over the most recent zombie spike in media that’s been happening the last few years. However, though I was slightly disappointed, The Beauty has its own merits that kept me reading until the end.
So, the story from the very beginning starts off very intense. The story takes place in a world/near future where there are some people willing to do anything to get a sexually transmitted disease, commonly referred to as “the Beauty” that makes those infected attractive, only a the risk of a constant slight fever and – as we soon find out – random internal combustion. The idea of a society where people are willing to do anything to become beautiful is not a new idea. However, the story’s dark elements are enough to keep you interested.
I did wish the characters were more memorable. Honestly, I would forget the two main characters’ names and constantly referred to them as “the detective whose wife cheated on him” and “the detective who apparently never wanted to have the Beauty but did”. Overall, the characterization is fine since I believe the following “The Beauty” issues will focus on different characters. The characters exist to show the personality of the society that they’re living in and they themselves don’t really seem to move the plot.
The illustrations were great and realistic and definitely fit in with the mood and subject of the graphic novel. All in all, “The Beauty” was a solid read, especially for those who want a graphic novel that you can either read alone or with the following issues.
I received a copy of this book from the NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
What do you all think? Have you read The Beauty already? Have any other book suggestions that I should add to my Saturday Reading List? Leave your thoughts behind in the comments. Just be respectful please.