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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.


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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.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    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 "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 there is a cure, if they get to be beautiful (and more popular, and more successful, and so on)? I like the series, but this one dips just a little, though I anticipate more resolution in the coming volume.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shadowdenizen

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zedsdead

    And the series finally comes full circle, back to its evil-pharmaceutical-corporation roots. A pharmaceutical Beauty-researcher attempts to blow the whistle on his employer via a crime blogger. That goes about as well as one would expect. Entirely predictable but not bad. Some good guys fall but a few Davids are left to take on Goliath in v5.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    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 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 story was a journalist named Cooper. He's a podcaster put onto the story of The Beauty causing spontaneous combustion by an employee at Abericorp. (view spoiler)[Cooper is killed at the end, so even though I liked his story I feel a bit put out that I invested a bunch of time learning about him and expecting him to become a new, important part of the story, only to have him unceremoniously snuffed out. We already know that Abericorp kills people and that Calaveras is evil, so I'm not sure what introducing Cooper and then killing him immediately is supposed to accomplish. His cat survives, so at least there is that. (hide spoiler)]

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    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 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 start being memorable (it helps that one appropriately shares the name of a favorite video game character). It still doesn't feel like the series is capitalizing on its concept as well as it could, but this volume feels closer to the original than the previous two have.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Freesiab (Bookish Review)

    I really enjoyed delving deeper into the Beauty pharma mystery...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    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 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 excellence achieved in the first installment of this series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    3.5 rounded up.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ruby

    Still love the concept, just wishing the story line would move a little faster.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    DPL hoopla

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marcus Tan

  17. 4 out of 5

    Fiore777

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shellina Borgman

  19. 5 out of 5

    Skye Kilaen

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Heidecker

  21. 5 out of 5

    Francois Arsenault

  22. 5 out of 5

    Romanoff Parkwell

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jill

  29. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Moth

  30. 4 out of 5

    michelle

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