This week Alan Moore released his newest book, Fashion Beast. For fear of being eaten alive by all the fanboys that think Alan Moore can do no wrong, I’m going to choose my words carefully.
Fashion Beast starts with the reading of tarot cards, death flipped from the deck begins the start of a giant machine that’s size is too great than to just power the skyscrapers red “Celestine” sign. The wrinkling hags who appear in charge serve only two pages worth the story, and their purpose is yet known. The tarot cards continue to be read, introducing many of the upcoming characters. The book takes place during war times, a time where conservation is forced, and thoughts of nuclear winter are ever present.
Out of the five main characters you’re almost introduced to, Juliette, a transgender male is the focus of this first issue. Juliette’s the coat checker for the “Catwalk” and has aspiration of being a star. Her job, and I have a feeling her life, just got a lot tougher after a meeting with a new roommate.
I’m not going to lie, the first issue of Fashion Beast literally explains nothing. It’s an introduction, and one that doesn’t inform you of anything. You’re lucky you even got Juliette’s name out of the deal. I’m unable to tell if Alan Moore intended to keep everything in the dark, but it seems as if he has plans for everything. The tarot card reader, the madames, the Celestine building, and the five other characters are as mysterious as the books plot. It’s the perfect plan to keep you intrigued until the next Fashion Beast hits store shelves.