Reviewed: Issues 1-2 Writer: Jeremy Haun and Jason A Hurley Artist: Jeremy Haun Publisher: Image Format: Ongoing
Beauty comes with an irresistible hook. There’s a new STD. But rather than leading to warts, sores, itching and embarrassment, it has a desirable side effect: it makes you gorgeous.
We learn all this from a rather clunky and exposition-heavy opening few pages, which lay out the status quo. Half the world have “the Beauty” and the other half hate their perfectly formed arses. The story follows a squad of investigators after a supposedly Beauty-related bombing has wiped out a subway car full of people. But why is this crime of so much interest to the hazmatsuited CDC agents who appear out of nowhere and take over?
Beauty has been incubating for a few years now, after making its debut in Top Cow’s pilot season contest in 2012. It’s an arresting idea, even if the execution isn’t quite there yet. The central mystery is intriguing enough without needing to throw in a slightly comical rooftop chase straight out of 1940s pulp serial.
Jeremy Haun’s art is suitably dark and grimy, while John Rauch colours it all in grungey shades of Matrix green. It looks good enough, but adds to the slightly dated look and feel.
But it would be wrong to be harsh about Beauty yet. There are good ideas here and the book is still finding its feet. Certainly its appeal is more than just skin deep. Will Salmon
Metaphor, or just good clean fun? You decide.