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The Beauty, Vol. 4 (The Beauty #17-21)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  65 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Corporate espionage, government secrets, and private military contracts are uncovered as an investigative journalist looks deep into Abericorp, the most powerful pharmaceutical company in the world.

Collects issues 17 through 21.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Image Comics (first published June 13th 2018)
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David Schaafsma
"Beauty is temptation and punishment."

Not much advancement in this series about a drug that people can take to be beautiful. The hitch is that it can also kill you. Parallels to use of steroids and supplements in sports. In this volume an investigative journalist tries to find out more about how Big Pharm benefits from The Beauty. (Remember Mad Men, re the tobacco industry and how capitalism works to [not] fully protect the populace). Is a cure in the near future? Do most people really care if t
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Shadowdenizen
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars.

Still enjoying this series, though this arc felt kind of like a "ramp-up/ transition" to a larger part of the story to come.
Susan
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fairly strong volume in the series and focused mostly on the bigger conspiracy. I enjoyed the pod-casters/journalists uncovering government corruption story line and I liked the main characters in this one. I'm not sure that we're actually getting anywhere in terms of reaching a resolution but the journey is entertaining.
Cale
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
It's nice to have a straightforward story again; this volume focuses on a journalist who gets embroiled in a conspiracy having to deal with quick-burning beauties. It spends a lot of time building up the characters on both sides of the plot, and it tells its story well, but it ultimately left me a little disappointed. Things end the way they probably would end, but that doesn't make for the most enjoyable read. There's some impressive artwork here, and the antagonists get enough page time to sta ...more
Angela
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I still finished this volume incredibly quickly, and I’m still interested to see where things progress, but the storyline has diverged so far from where things began, and so many characters have come and gone quite quickly, that it is more difficult to follow along with much of the action.
Amy
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm still enjoying the premise behind this story, but the non-linear storytelling and constant jumping around between different sets of characters and timelines is really starting to try my patience. I think this particular collection of issues is taking place either parallel to, or slightly before the first volume. Once again we have no sign of detectives Vaughn and Foster, and while we did see the return of the shady pharmaceutical company, Dr. Palmer, and Calaveras, the primary focus of this ...more
Josh
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This volume finally gets back somewhat to the storyline begun in volume 1, and it's the storyline I've been waiting all this time to get more of. With intrigue and engaging characters, the story delves deeper into the true effects of The Beauty and the ends that those in power will go to in order to hide the truth.

With the return of some story threads and characters, Vol. 4 is definitely one of the higher points of the series, but I'm still waiting for things to return to the levels of excellenc
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Heather
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This volume, similar to the first, was strong in terms of storytelling, intrigue and high stakes. I gave this 5 stars because it stands well on it's own, as it's own complete arc.

Which I am beginning to suspect is the point of the series - an exploration of The Beauty from varying points of view. Disjointed and jarring, it doesn't always give new information or characters to root for. I'm definitely willing to give this series another trade, to see where this goes.
Imogene

A podcaster looking for his next story is found by a scientist working for big dark conspiracy laden pharmaceutical company. Hijinks ensue.
There is also a masked Assassin. however....it was all a little forgettable
This whole arc felt more like a bridge than a complete story.
Krista
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up.
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