From Image, this one-shot is all about The Beauty. It’s: All Good Things.

As The Beauty concludes its long run, its finale emerges here. It’s been a couple of years since the series was in regular production, and there are new works coming soon from Jeremy Haun.

In the meantime, this last issue is a two-parter, written by Jeremy Haun and Jason A. Hurley, with part one illustrated by Matthew Dow Smith, and part two by Jeremy Haun and Danny Luckert. Colours throughout are by Brett Weldele, lettering by Thomas Mauer.

The first story demonstrates that Beauty and perhaps eternal sunshine and tropical beach vacations are not the panacea that cures all ills. Boredom creeps in, monotony can tarnish even the most amazing sunsets, over time. The patina, the friction, the shootings, the creepy moments of being near death. The artwork is thick linework, with splashes of colour overlaying a treatment of mood. The layouts are superb, even though the leisurely pace can try our patience. But then we see compressed action, small panels, many heartbeats, and stop motion actions. Walk, don’t run.

The second story, with its elegant thin line artwork, is a strange contrast indeed. The drawings and colouring pair up in a conversation that smoothly deceives. It’s the calm before the shock, the subtle seeds of discontent and unsettling sorrow.

It’s a good thing, but it must end. Catch this one, though.

Image, The Beauty: All Good Things. $4.99 for 44 pages of Mature Content.

By Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!