The Beauty #1

Writer: Jeremy Haun, James A. Hurley Artist: Jeremy Haun Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 12, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 10
8.2Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Modern society is obsessed with outward beauty. What if there was a way to guarantee you could become more and more beautiful every day? What if it was a sexually transmitted disease? In the world of The Beauty, physical perfection is attainable. The vast majority of the population has taken advantage of it, but Detectives Foster and Vaughn will soon discover it comes at a terrible price.
Writer/artist JEREMY HAUN (Constantine, Batwoman) and co-writer JASON A. HURLEY offer up a startling reflection on the cost of looking good in this procedural science fiction tale.

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Aug 15, 2015

    The creative forces behind this comic are more than a force to be reckoned with. The story by Jason Haun is a beautiful of crime procedural with dystopian science fiction, in Hauns refreshing style. The art by John Rauch and Jason Hurley is elegant yet raw, style most welcome in this genre. Overall, an excellent first issue for a series that seems to be most ambitious series Image has undertaken in a while. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Daniel Schwartz Aug 12, 2015

    Jeremy Haun (pulling double duty as co-writer and artist) and his co-writer Jason A. Hurley do a masterful job creating characters that draw the reader in and move the story forward. With a visual style that brings The Beauty to life (thanks to Jeremy Hauns amazing art), this book has the brains and the looks to be a huge hit for Image. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - David Craig Aug 12, 2015

    The Beauty #1 is one of the most promising debuts of the year so far. With some believable characters making up the cast, an intriguing mystery developing and some beautiful art to top it all off, I'm very excited to see where The Beauty goes next. If you're a science fiction fan then you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not picking this book up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Marcus Hammond Aug 13, 2015

    I have completely forgotten whatever reservations I titanically had about picking up this series. The twisting, unsettling path of the plot combined with artwork that highlightsall the outstanding components of the story help place The Beauty #1 above many other series that try to instill edgy, originality into a genre-bending storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Harry Roachford Aug 21, 2015

    What makes this so great as a first issue is that Haun and Hurley really portray the world of The Beauty in a way that is incredibly realistic. You could easily see that if this were to happen in the real world, it would go a lot like the world building of the comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerd Rock from the Sun - Neil Bason Aug 15, 2015

    A superb opening issue in so many ways. The foundations that are now in place going forward look set to hold a story full of great characters, deep drama and delicate sci-fi elements. I won't say it's a beauty...I won't say it's a beauty...I won't s...IT'S A BEAUTY! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Aug 12, 2015

    I really enjoyed the book, with social connotations abound, a mystery and good script that is entertaining, this is a beauty ofa book! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Aug 12, 2015

    The Beauty #1 is worth a read if you're looking for something original and haunting. Image continues to churn out quality content with ambitious creativity, and I'm always happy to go along for the ride. Though there are a whole host of #1's out this week, don't let this one slip you by. Between its intriguing concept and brilliant artwork,The Beautydoesn't disappoint. ReadThe Beauty#1, but don't forget your protection. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Aug 12, 2015

    "The Beauty" #1 is one of the strongest introductions to a series in a long time because of all of the fascinating potential it brings and, in keeping with its theme, it's pretty nice to look at, too. Haun and Hurley have laid out a huge canvas, and there are almost limitless ideas they can put down on it. Like the basic human urge that's at the focal point of this comic, "The Beauty" is a pleasurable experience that fans will want to come back and enjoy again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Tyler Sewell Aug 12, 2015

    I personally had no expectations when I picked up the issue and I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. The Beauty makes a lasting impression and certainly stands out as a well-rounded issue from the concept to the aesthetic execution. I definitely recommend picking it up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Mar 18, 2016

    There is however, some great graphic moments with the victims that really hit home the horror vibe the book wants to evoke. The brittle skin, the loss of all “humanity” in the victims visibly shows the cost of this disease and it is a complete contrast of what the disease does to people while they're still living. There are some really great shootouts that capture the frantic energy of a situation like that. John Rauch's colors have this dark hue all the way through the book and it works to set an almost totally crime noir tone. The dichotomy between the infected people and the not infected people is very well illustrated by the colors and it's why my previous comment about the actual designs is a nitpick and not something that brings the book down all that much. Rauch gives those characters a little extra spark and it has a very good effect. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Villain Smash - Jorge Solis Aug 13, 2015

    With its uncompromising look at society, "Beauty" #1 jabs at the pretty people, who are hiding their ugliness inside. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Aug 11, 2015

    Those who have been waiting four years to see how the cliffhanger at the end of this issue plays out might be sorely disappointed that this issue ends on the same note, although this time we have the assurance in the back-matter that the next few issues are already completed. As compelling a setup as it was during its initial victory, The Beauty gives us a myriad of possibilities of where it will go next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Aug 13, 2015

    The Beauty has more to say than it's elevator pitch, which is incredible as its pitch is fascinating on its own. After just one issue, readers will be clamoring for more. There is no doubt that the creators are planning to take their audience on a thrilling ride. This is absolutely a book to check out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Aug 17, 2015

    In the afterword, Huan and Hurley write that issues four and five are currently in progress so unlike their first time out with this idea, there's plenty more to come and that's a good thing. I've always been a fan of Huan's art and combined with this fascinating idea, this is a book that feels as though it may jump to the top of the top of my reading pile each month. If you missed The Beauty like I did in 2011, don't allow yourself to miss it again! Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Aug 13, 2015

    Overall, “The Beauty” #1 is a pretty solid first issue. While it's the excellent high concept that will likely grab your attention, Jeremy Haun and Jason A. Hurley back that up with a solid crime drama that mixes an unnerving sense of horror with some solid action. Jeremy Haun is the real star of the show here as he performs as both co-writer and artist and brings a real sense of dread to both. His artwork here is grimey and grungey and paints a portrait of a run down world ravaged by this disease. “The Beauty” #1 presents a story of a darkness lingering underneath a pretty surface and it juxtaposes it with a setting where the darkness is on the surface. While I think the last page cliffhanger might not be a strong enough hook to bring everyone back for the next issue, I think “The Beauty” has enough to potential to go some incredibly interesting places. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Aug 12, 2015

    Overall, The Beauty is a solid start to a series that has tonnes of potential. Fans of the original should be more than pleased to see the book back again, and certainly newcomers should find a lot to like in this book. While I wish this debut had pushed itself a little further to match the creaitivity of its high concept hook, this is still a solid, good quality book that is easy to recommened and should mark the start of a really good series. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Aug 13, 2015

    This is definitely an interesting title that is full of potential. The Beauty offers an interesting perspective on how we view beauty today, but doesn't have the interesting characters needed to fully invest its readers just yet. Some of the writing feels artificial at times as well, but the story itself is enough to overcome The Beauty #1's shortcomings. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 13, 2015

    What's interesting about this issue is that it's a lightly modified version of the Top Cow Pilot Season one-shot from 2011. It should be interesting to see how much the creative team's storytelling approach will have changed after four years when the next issue hits. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    PopMatters - Matthew Fay Aug 19, 2015

    Overall The Beauty #1 is a very frustrating read, leaving one with the annoyed feeling of needing to point out to the book its own themes and aspirations as it strays from them. Hopefully as the comic continues, it will stop to take a breath and explore the ideas it has established. Otherwise, we'll continue to see only a skin-level look at a much deeper issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.6
    Comicsverse - Jake Lee Aug 19, 2015

    THE BEAUTY #1 is a mediocre offering selling itself on a unique premise and eye-catching cover art. Once read, however, it becomes clear that the first issue lacks any emotional investment or meaningful characterization. While not exactly a bad book, it reminds readers that even the best premise needs the support of strong writing and art, both of which are lacking here. Read Full Review

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