An intriguing premise, “Beauty” #1 dares to make the skin crawl of its readers with its creepy police procedural. With engaging characters, the “Beauty” series examines the eye of the beholder under a microscope. The first installment does a great job establishing and exploring its brilliant concept at the same time.
WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley
ART BY: Jeremy Haun
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: August 12, 2015
In a society dominated by physical perfection, being beautiful is finally attainable. Under one condition though, a person can only give away their ugliness through a sexually transmitted disease. Detectives Foster and Vaughn are slowly going to realize what the cost of having outward beauty is. The price of looking good comes with your very soul.
Writers Jeremy Haun and Jason A. Hurley switch back and forth between thought-provoking social commentary and old-school police procedural. One part of the narrative deals with the haves and the have nots taking their supermodel looks for granted. In the second half, detectives Foster and Vaughn fight for jurisdiction as their homicide case brings in the unwanted attention of the CDC. Plus, you can’t have a police procedural without an awesome chase sequence in the middle.
Everybody in “Beauty” looks attractive because of Haun’s gorgeous artwork. Notice the detail to the flowing hairstyles and wrinkle-free facial expressions, as if there were tons of references to supermodels. Through its social commentary, everyone looks physically stunning, but on the inside, these characters feel rotten to the core.
After watching the entire second season of “True Detective,” I have to say it is such a nice change of pace to read about two partners who actually care about each other and have each other’s back. The cliffhanger at the end definitely makes me want to come back for more.
With its uncompromising look at society, “Beauty” #1 jabs at the pretty people, who are hiding their ugliness inside.
Rating: 4/5 skulls
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