I kind of want to slap myself up the backside of my head– that being a result of the fact that I just realized I have yet to review one of the consistently best books out monthly… THE BEAUTY. Before THE REALM there was this, and it tackles “beauty” as a sexually transmitted disease that turns anyone who catches it into a beautiful person. Though, there’s an eventual cost. You could say quite a large one too. What is that cost? I’m glad you asked, oh it’s just death.

I’ve been following the series since it first released back in August [of 2015,] and man has it been one hell of a ride thus far. I’m quite the fan whenever a series tackles anything beyond our reality in a plausible and almost scientific way. It makes it feel real. I think in general that raises the appeal to readers, and has a far better chance of drawing an audience since most fans of fiction are looking for stories that they could see becoming reality. Stories that fulfill their fantasy in some way, shape or form.

Something that it [THE BEAUTY] has going for it, which many other books don’t, is that its cast of characters change every arc. It really helps keep a breath of freshness about it.
With this being the start to the newest arc, we’re introduced to Coop and Nia,

Art by Thomas Nachlik, Colors by Nayoung Kim

They’re our duo, and running a “news” type of podcast where they research a specific topic and go in on it. Really, delve into it and give their view on the evidence at hand. I specifically like how this issue starts with the closing to their “first season,” and that we see they’re a bit worried on what they’ll do for the second.

Jason A. Hurley (co-creator) and Jeremy Haun (co-creator) really did a great job with their [Coop and Nia’s] chemistry. They have a tight bond, which has a real brother and sister vibe to it. Bickering and picking at each other, and it brings in this level of organic comedy. It brought a smile to my face reading their interaction, and again, it feels real. The character chemistry through each arc has been solid, and definitely appears to be Hurley and Haun’s strong suit.

The winning aspect of this issue, and what I’m looking forward the most going forward into this arc, is the mystery thriller aspect.

The last arc had a mystery vibe about it for most of it, where we saw the return of Detectives Vaughn and Foster— my favorite BEAUTY characters, but this feels more along the lines of an intense mystery thriller. You can feel that your heart will get pumping as it really starts to roll.

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