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The Beauty – Vol. 1

The Beauty Vol. 1

Imagine a world in which people actively try to catch a sexually transmitted disease. That is the world in which The Beauty exists – a disease that sheds excess weight, clears up skin, makes hair healthier, and turns people into gorgeous versions of their previous selves.

Two years after its first infection, more than half the people in America now have The Beauty, and anti-Beauty terrorists groups have formed. When Beauty related deaths start piling up, detectives on the Beauty Task Force, Vaughn and Foster, investigate the terrorist cells, but find things are more complicated than that. In the first six issues which make up the first volume, the two uncover a government conspiracy and barely stay one step ahead of the psychotic serial killer, Calaveras, sent after them.

Vaughn and Foster

One of the things that sets Image Comics apart from the rest is their willingness to publish some of the most compelling (and often disturbing) stories out there. The Beauty is no exception. It reads like a mix of psychological thriller and horror, with slick dialogue and truly frightening panels – and managed to have a few truly laugh-out-loud moments.

Kudos to Jeremy Haun and Jason Hurley for creating a woman lead, Vaughn, who is smart, brave, and kicks all kinds of ass. And her platonic relationship with her partner Foster, who, in another refreshing change has all of the relationship romantic drama, is one of the series’ highlights.


The volume ends as though this is just a limited series, but I hope that isn’t the case. With government and pharmaceutical conspiracies, and the unexplored consequences of the heroes’ solution, there’s still a lot of story to explore.

The Beauty, Vol. 1
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    Dialogue - 10/10
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    Art - 9/10
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Nina Perez is the founder of Project Fandom. She is also the author of a YA series of books, "The Twin Prophecies," and a collection of essays titled, "Blog It Out, B*tch." Her latest books, a contemporary romance 6-book series titled Sharing Space, are now available on for Kindle download. She has a degree in journalism, works in social media, lives in Portland, Oregon, and loves Idris Elba. When not watching massive amounts of British television or writing, she is sketching plans to build her very own TARDIS. She watches more television than anyone you know and she's totally fine with that.

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