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The Beauty Volume 1 Paperback – Illustrated, March 22, 2016
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- Item Weight : 11.7 ounces
- Paperback : 164 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781632155504
- ISBN-13 : 978-1632155504
- Product Dimensions : 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
- Reading level : 16 and up
- Publisher : Image Comics; Illustrated Edition (March 22, 2016)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1632155508
- Best Sellers Rank: #755,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I really enjoyed the first two issues but ... issues three through six in this collected volume were, quite honestly, a let down for me... hopefully this isn't too much of a spoiler but when they started talking about this big conspiracy going on behind the scenes ... to be honest the way it was written just seemed, I'm sorry to say... not sure what to type here... "rushed"? "unoriginal"? " cliched " ? .. comic books are very much a personal thing, what one reader loves another reader will hate.. and as you can probably guess from the most popular review here on amazon (the one you'll probably read first) the premise is fascinating.. an STD that actually makes people more beautiful? There's a lot to work with there.
It could be that the writer just fell prey to the plague that victimizes so many comics nowadays... a really cool concept that's just executed way too fast ... maybe if more time was spent on the backstory of the "bad guys" and the "guys caught in the middle" (I have to be careful here, too much detail and I'll really give out some spoilers and that's not good for anyone who's read it yet) ... if they'd expanded the series , made it longer and given a more through treatment to the characters... then I'd feel more empathy with them and enjoy the series more.
In contrast, volume two is simply amazing that way and well worth reading... if you can snag this on sale (I would not pay more than half what they normally charge for it, if you can find a used print copy even cheaper than that even better) then you probably won't feel cheated but I wouldn't recommend it at full price... still, volume one is worth reading if nothing else to give you the background you need to enjoy volume two of this series.. volume two "rescued" the series for me such that I will probably pick up volume three at some point.
One thing worth noting when I talk about buying this at a discount... again, if some seller is selling this for a super lower price used that's your best bet... otherwise I'd go with comixology, add it to your wish list on there (if you don't mind digital downloads of your comics - honestly buying a good tablet is worth the cost just for the sheer amount of money you'll save long term on digital editions of books , comics or otherwise, you'll buy over your lifetime... or if you spend a lot of time on the computer like me then the tablet isn't even required) ... and just wait for a sale to come along letting you snag volume one at a lower price.
I think that beauty being a side-effect to a sexually transmitted disease a very interesting idea. Especially since we live in a world where being beautiful is quite important. And, would you, despite it being a sexually transmitted disease go for it? I mean the only known side-effect would be a slight fever and you will be a lot more hungry, but you would always be beautiful. Well, until it kills you of course because that's what Detectives Vaughn and Foster discover and it's a discovery that some would do anything to stop getting public knowledge.
It's a really interesting story, both thoughtful and action-filled and the art is also good. There are some nudity and violence in it and it's defiantly not for younger children. I found it enthralling to read and I could hardly put it down when I started to read it and I'm looking forward to reading the next volume.
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review.
I would've liked to see the out break of the beauty and seen transformations on the page. I also would've liked to see more deaths documented.
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Society is obsessed by beauty and the beautiful and luckily there is a sexually transmitted disease that once you are infected, you get more beautiful every day. It's that horrible dichotomy, you are infected but you look far better than the uninfected. After 800 days though, you pay and you pay dearly. Two detectives are trying to solve the deaths, find a cure and beat infection. But, not everyone wants the cure - why would they? They look amazing, are super attractive and might beat the odds.
This is a great series with a very interesting premise that holds a mirror up to modern society.
This is a very dark and contemporary tale that sucks you in effortlessly.
A wholly believable premise that has a number of dark characters woven into the story making it a real page turner.
A disease that people want in pursuit of being beautiful which it seems may come at too high a price and sinister forces with hidden agendas out to thwart hopes of a cure.
I kept thinking 'screenplay' as I made my way through the first collected instalment.
Very intelligent, first class entertainment.
Don't hesitate to start following this one now.........