- Series: The Beauty
- Paperback: 164 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics (March 22, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1632155508
- ISBN-13: 978-1632155504
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Beauty Volume 1 Paperback – March 22, 2016
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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.
Ultimately this was a great idea with a pretty solid story. I'm considering using it for my course. It is definitely worth checking out.
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 enjoyed the beginning of this volume much more than I did the end. The set up and introduction to a world where beauty is easy to come by is really interesting and something I could see actually happening in the future. Throw in some corrupt politicians, some federal agents with a grudge, and a mercenary and you've got all the makings of a great sci-fi story! There are also parts that are hilarious, and I was definitely laughing out loud more than I expected to. By the end though, things are less unique and left me kind of bored, so much so that I'm not really sure I care to continue reading when the next volume comes out.
The art was probably my favorite part of this graphic novel. It's very easy to tell who the beautiful people are and who the normal people are, even without over-exaggerating too much. But even though this is a comic about a disease called The Beauty, the artwork is very dark and gritty. There are definitely some bright colors and pretty frames, but a lot of it is harsh and dark. I mean, The Beauty does kill the people it infects, so it seems very fitting that the artwork isn't all soft edges and pretty colors.
I wish the last third of this volume had kept up the momentum of the first part because I think I would have enjoyed it much more. I was pretty invested in the story and in Vaughn and Foster, but then I just lost interest as the story become dull and bland. I finished reading because I was still kind of curious as to what was going to happen, but it didn't keep me on the edge of my seat like I had hoped. Overall, I think this is still a decent sci-fi graphic novel, and maybe it will make a comeback in future volumes, but I'm not sure that I'll continue to read. 3/5.