Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley
Genre: Crime, Horror
Publisher: Image Comics
Release date: March 16th 2016
Imagine a sexually transmitted disease that makes those infected better looking… a disease people want. That disease is real, and it’s called the Beauty. Two years after the Beauty burst onto the scene, over half of America is infected. Now, it looks like the downside may be far worse than anyone suspected. Detectives Vaughn and Foster find themselves on the front line of the battle against the Beauty, embroiled in a conspiracy they never knew existed.
Collects THE BEAUTY #1-6.
“I’m going to touch you. Touch every beautiful bit.”
The Beauty is an engrossing comic, mixing horror and crime with beautiful art and action-filled writing. It also has a very interesting premise: what if a sexually transmitted disease was also a way for anyone to get beautiful? This unique concept helps deliver a story that is captivating for the most part, with a quick pace that keeps you turning pages and wanting to know what happens next.
The plot really captures your attention during the first few issues. It presents a mystery that is intriguing, backing that up with lots of action and a little bit of gore. The characters’ development takes a backseat to that, as there is a lot of focus in figuring out what is going on and very little time establishing most of the characters.
One high point is the art, though. The art in this book is so pretty! It’s very well done and diverse, portraying various different characters and settings. The coloring is also expertly done, especially with the way it highlights certain aspects of the story. The golden glow used to distinguish characters infected with The Beauty the perfect example of that.
Overall, The Beauty is a super interesting read. The ending feels a bit rushed, as it leaves us with a cliffhanger, but still makes up for an entertaining book. The story has a lot of potential, and I am very curious to see how that is developed in the next volume.