I’m not familiar with Jeremy Haun’s work for DC Comics because I tend to give less than a toss about DC Comics these days, but the synopsis for this comic, The Beauty, is intriguing.
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.
OK, it is somewhat obvious to make the lead characters policemen but the concept of beauty as an STD is a teasing one.
The idea that you can become perfect after having sex with someone infected is a brilliant idea and could lead to some interesting commentaries on contemporary culture and society. I do like the idea that infected people become the victims of hate crimes but before we get to delve into this world something happens to turn this into a cop drama.
The Beauty isn’t a bad comic. I’ll probably read the second issue to see how it develops but it’s full of turgid cliche-ridden dialogue and the ‘shocking’ ending can be seen from a mile away. The art is fine but overall this feels like a set of cliches taped onto a fantastic idea which isn’t clicking with me at all as there’s something else in the idea but yet another cop drama being unleashed upon the world.