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Roche Limit Monadic #1
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Continue reading Indubitable Issues and Pull List (03/16/16)
By Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley and John Rauch
From the beginning, The Beauty has been a strong societal commentary but refreshingly from an angle I have never seen before. If you missed my review of issue #2 I’ll catch you up. The book is set in a world where a large percentage of the population have an STD which makes you more attractive. This immediately brings up the question, how far will we go to look what society has deemed beautiful. Issue #3 of The Beauty is the information dump issue. Jeremy and Jason use the introduction of a new character to deliver some background information, as we have been thrown into this world with no instruction manual.
The new character in this issue is anti-beauty activist and basically perceived terrorist Jake Lundy. He rescues Detective Vaughn and Detective Foster from the little parking garage shootout they found themselves in. Jake Lundy explains to the Detectives that people with the Beauty are in fact spontaneously combusting and he knew this would happen, as he was part of the research team trying to find a cure. When Lundy and his partner Eddie Bennett were working on a medication they stumbled upon a cure with a few minor side effects. Lundy and Eddie brought this information to the attention of their superiors and here comes the pharmaceutical conspiracy theory commentary; they were told to bury all research about a cure and focus on a life extending medication. Refusing to work with such a corrupt company, Lundy and Bennett escaped the corporation but ended up going separate ways. Bennett focusing on his anger and Lundy focusing on the research. The stage is now set. All of the pieces are in place. A societal commentary on how far we will go to achieve beauty, a conspiracy theory on pharmaceutical companies and an anger vs hope battle of best friends much like Professor X and Magneto. Throw in a few Beauty carrying detectives who want a cure and we have ourselves a pretty deep story to go along with this great book premise. Oh, and don’t forget the guy at the end with the Dia de los Muertos mask and a murderous amount of knives who says to a group of gas masked soldiers, “Let’s have some fun”. The Beauty is continuing to impress each month.
By Jeremy Haun and Jason A. Hurley
Freelance artist Jeremy Haun and new comics writer Jason A. Hurley have come together to create this truly unique and special story. With dystopian future and science fiction comprising the majority of the comic books I read, it is extremely hard to find that new fresh idea. Many comics become just hashes and tangents of previous stories, which when executed at a high quality is just fine with me. However, that fresh idea is hard to find. This is probably why we have so many sequels and reboots hitting the box office these days. Jason and Jeremy have found that fresh idea with The Beauty. This book really is something special. It makes readers say, “How did they think of that?!” and it makes writer’s say, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” The Beauty is only two issues in, but it is catching fire already.
To be honest I missed the first issue of The Beauty. I am usually the guy to try out all the number ones, but The Beauty either came on a week where I had a ton to read or one of those weeks where I didn’t make it to the shop. When I arrived at the cash register this Wednesday I engaged in the usual conversation with my comic book salesman and friend, Justin.
“Hey Justin, did you read anything good yet? Did you read Tokyo Ghost?”
“No didn’t read Tokyo Ghost yet. I didn’t have much time, I was only able to read The Beauty.”
Huh. He only had a short amount of time and he chose The Beauty over Tokyo Ghost…tell me more about this Beauty.
The Beauty is set in the near future where a new STD has broken out. This STD is an epidemic. Close to half of the population is infected. The disease has been named Beauty and the reason is because it makes you beautiful. All your extra fat will disappear, all your skin imperfections will vanish, your hair will grow in thicker, your crooked nose will straighten out. The Beauty makes you desirable and is therefore very desirable itself. There are many people actively trying to get infected with Beauty so they can have the body they always dreamed of. This is a terrific premise. A disease that makes you more desirable. How far will we go to look good? Remember it is a disease, so what are the negative effects? Well, that is a subject kept on the hush hush. Have you ever seen someone internally combusted? We wouldn’t want to give the beautiful any reason to frown. Those are the smiling, perfect faces of someone with it all. Of course there are the characters in the book who have the disease but do not want it. Unfortunately it is not an easy thing to hide.
I highly recommend The Beauty. Once you enter this world you wont want to leave. I sometimes wish I had The Beauty, how bad could it be?