Writer: Jeremy Haun
Artists: Jeremy Haun
The Beauty is the product of Top Cow’s Pilot Season contest a few years ago. The concept was received well by its readers, and many wanted to see the title succeed in an ongoing series. The dream is finally being realized with the release of Beauty #1 by Jeremy Haun.
For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, The Beauty #1 is about an STD that spreads quickly throughout the United States. In the present, about half of the country has the disease known as The Beauty. What makes this STD unique is the fact that The Beauty makes those infected more attractive. They slim down, blemishes are suddenly cleared, and their hair thickens. Before too long many found themselves intentionally sleeping around in an effort to get infected.
It’s a unique concept that takes a look at how society today views the value of one’s physical appearance. It shows the lengths that humans are probably willing to go just to look attractive to themselves or someone else. The impact of having attractive people everywhere is examined in this issue and it leads to readers sometimes finding that the people in this story aren’t so different than us. The Beauty #1 also takes a look at the people who accidentally caught the disease as opposed to actively trying to catch it.
Unfortunately, while this is an interesting look at a society that prefers good looks over good health, the characters themselves aren’t all that interesting. The two protagonists of the issue don’t have a lot of layers in this issue, and the male lead doesn’t seem to have much personality at all. Of course this is only the first issue, and there is a cliff-hanger at the end of the issue that may lead to quite a bit of development over the next few issues. The Beauty #1 is also full of cliché lines and poor dialogue. Some of the conversations don’t feel natural, and it can lead readers to disconnect from the story for a brief moment. Fortunately, none of this stops the issue from being an interesting read mostly due to the concept and the world these characters are living in.