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The Beauty, Vol. 5

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Timo and Ezerae's brutal quest for revenge collides with Detectives Foster and Vaughn's newest case. Now they must form an uneasy alliance if they want to survive. Collects issues 22 through 26.


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Timo and Ezerae's brutal quest for revenge collides with Detectives Foster and Vaughn's newest case. Now they must form an uneasy alliance if they want to survive. Collects issues 22 through 26.

30 review for The Beauty, Vol. 5

  1. 4 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    So, an interesting science fiction series concept goes more and more off the rails in this volume, where a seemingly thoughtful, complicated exploration of social and cultural issues as they pertain to beauty becomes a gang war and police procedural. The original idea (I thought) was: Do you want to be beautiful, given its statistically-proven relationship to success (and probably short-term) happiness? Okay, but what if one way you could get beauty was through a sexually transmitted disease? Wo So, an interesting science fiction series concept goes more and more off the rails in this volume, where a seemingly thoughtful, complicated exploration of social and cultural issues as they pertain to beauty becomes a gang war and police procedural. The original idea (I thought) was: Do you want to be beautiful, given its statistically-proven relationship to success (and probably short-term) happiness? Okay, but what if one way you could get beauty was through a sexually transmitted disease? Would you take the chance that it might kill you? Okay, it’s not the most original idea ever, since we already know that people in fact take crazy health risks all the time to Become Beautiful, but the premise and look of it seemed promising and the artwork was interestingly a perfect combination of uh, okay, yes . . . beautiful, and also fascinatingly creepy. We know the popular ones, they were going to the parties we weren’t never invited to! We preferred to read, anyway! But how do we feel about that drive to beauty and popularity leading to the death of the beautiful and popular and wildly successful? And it is an interesting question about how Big Pharma benefits, as in volume 4, and it has some potential interest that organized crime is involved, not surprisingly, but okay. . . a LOT of people die in this shoot-em-up issue, if you like that kinda thing, a lot of people I don’t really know as characters or ultimately care about. But come on, what about the initial soci-cultural exploration of how this impacts individuals in various ways? And, I’m worried; can this actually be the end of the series?! If I find that out, I will come back and rate this even lower than I have. The best part of this series are the one page depictions of beautiful people dead from Beauty, the covers, and they are terrific.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ilana

    Such a letdown considering how good the series was up to now. I think they decided to pause the story about a big pharma plot to spread a virus called The Beauty. A sexually transmitted disease, it quickly becomes a pandemic, since people obviously want to be infected for all the short term social advantages of being among the “Beautiful People”. They have no idea the disease is either purposely designed to, or has the fatal flaw of making carriers eventually spontaneously combust and calcinante Such a letdown considering how good the series was up to now. I think they decided to pause the story about a big pharma plot to spread a virus called The Beauty. A sexually transmitted disease, it quickly becomes a pandemic, since people obviously want to be infected for all the short term social advantages of being among the “Beautiful People”. They have no idea the disease is either purposely designed to, or has the fatal flaw of making carriers eventually spontaneously combust and calcinante from the inside. A nice exploration of our twisted priorities as a society for a horror-mystery-sci-fi graphic novel series. But suddenly this latest entry loses all attempt at moving the story forward and it’s simply cops and gangs and bad guys (including a girl cop and a bad gal, both with The Beauty, so there’s your tenuous link to the series) shooting at each other with ridiculous quantities of oversized weaponry, action movie or video game style with seemingly no point but creating a large body count. And just... why? Good artwork but wasted on senseless and ugly violence that Americans seem to frankly have a cult for. Doubly disappointing since the 4th volume in the series was quite strong and left me looking forward to more. I’m supposing this one is meant as an “entertainment” and they’ll be returning the main program with the next issue. Just not my idea of a good time. The artwork is great, which saves it from a single star rating from me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This is the trade that finally convinced me to unsubscribe. I keep waiting for the magical arc that will unite the rest of them... and it never comes. The series relies on violence and terrible people to cover for the fact that they abandoned the procedural elements that hooked readers in the first arc. I have no idea who anyone is or why I should care about them, since we have a new batch of characters every 5 issues. Moreover, the art and characters blend together, so I can’t physically tell p This is the trade that finally convinced me to unsubscribe. I keep waiting for the magical arc that will unite the rest of them... and it never comes. The series relies on violence and terrible people to cover for the fact that they abandoned the procedural elements that hooked readers in the first arc. I have no idea who anyone is or why I should care about them, since we have a new batch of characters every 5 issues. Moreover, the art and characters blend together, so I can’t physically tell people apart from issue to issue. Disappointing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    What started out as a fascinating alternative world with a distinctive concept and novel execution ends up here, as a run-of-the-mill heist story. It's not a bad story, by any means - the collision of our volume 3 rogues and the police characters from the rest of the series makes for an intense, almost collection-length action sequence. It's fast paced and serves to move the plot along pretty well. I would be tempted to give this volume 4 stars, if it weren't for the fact that this seems to end What started out as a fascinating alternative world with a distinctive concept and novel execution ends up here, as a run-of-the-mill heist story. It's not a bad story, by any means - the collision of our volume 3 rogues and the police characters from the rest of the series makes for an intense, almost collection-length action sequence. It's fast paced and serves to move the plot along pretty well. I would be tempted to give this volume 4 stars, if it weren't for the fact that this seems to end the series, and all the discarded potential is hovering around the edges. The social impact, the shifting cultural norms, all of those fascinating ideas from the first volume are all reduced to a tiny background piece. Even the Beauty itself hardly makes an appearance in this volume -the art for the infected characters lost much of its luster too. If this is the end of the series, I'm not sure I can really recommend it. The thing that made it memorable is squandered so completely it's hard to give credit to the decent story and art that replaced it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    So this was... fine. I feel like that's been my overall assessment of this series after volume 1. Partly, I wonder how much I've forgotten about these characters since it's been so long since I've read about some of them. Vol. 5 of The Beauty delivers a cop story / crime/revenge tale. The writing works, the art is good--it just feels rather... fleeting. Volume 1 of this series set the standard so high in terms of stakes and concept, that trying to move into the regular goings-on of life in the wor So this was... fine. I feel like that's been my overall assessment of this series after volume 1. Partly, I wonder how much I've forgotten about these characters since it's been so long since I've read about some of them. Vol. 5 of The Beauty delivers a cop story / crime/revenge tale. The writing works, the art is good--it just feels rather... fleeting. Volume 1 of this series set the standard so high in terms of stakes and concept, that trying to move into the regular goings-on of life in the world of the Beauty just feels kind of lacking. The idea of the Beauty isn't used very thoroughly, and while there's nothing particularly bad about what we did get, there's no shaking the knowledge that it could be so much more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    I think this is the least interesting issue of Beauty since the start. While things are starting to come full circle back to our original characters, this issue focuses on more political intrigue and trafficking without really giving us any details or helpful plot advancement. Typically by the end of an issue something in the story has been resolved, but this one felt like a slog and for all the implying something big, there isn't really a payoff.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Matt Krohn

    The first volume of the series had me completely hooked, but since then, it's gone completely away from that original storyline. It basically just feels like a violent escapade now, with no real mooring to the original premise. I cancelled my subscription.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    Good story , but not my cup of Tea. Wanna know more about the burning and side effects of the beauty...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    It’s less about “the beauty” and more about a noir style mystery/action.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #22 | #23 | #24 | #25 | #26 Current review score: 2.33

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jay Kulpa

  12. 5 out of 5

    D

  13. 4 out of 5

    kris

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Martin

  17. 5 out of 5

    Charles Benson

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  19. 4 out of 5

    The Glacial Reader

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mariana

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Fergus

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kenny

  23. 5 out of 5

    MAYO

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diana

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caralen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jindroush

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

  30. 5 out of 5

    Arkasha

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