This is a strange one to review. Vault Comics once again comes out with something unlike what you see on the shelves already. Enter Money Shot #1- a book about a bunch of scientists that turn to interstellar porn stars as a way of making money to fund their research. Totally off the wall, and totally entertaining.
From Tim Seeley, Sarah Beattie, with art by Rebekah Issacs, colors by Kurt Michael Russell, and letters by Cranks!, this is one book that goes off the rails in a great way. In case you haven’t realized yet, this is a mature readers book, plain and simple. So in the not too distant future, aliens reached out to us. But then they realized humanity kind of sucks, so they said, “no thanks.” That has left the Earth out of a galaxy worth of culture and innovation, but it hasn’t stopped everyone. Christine Ocampos, the inventor of the Star Shot teleportation device, has big dreams, but during a time when science and innovation are low on the priority list for funding. So, being a kinky type of lady, she randomly stumbles into the world of interstellar porn via crowdfunding, and that gives her an idea- travel to new planets, have sexual relations with these aliens, film it, charge for it, and have the research paid that way. Seems logical, right?
It is an absurd, crazy premise, but it is incredibly entertaining to read. Seeley and Beattie have created a fun and entertaining story that borders on sci-fi and Porn Hub. Isaacs, Russell, and Crank! come together to create some stunning visuals. The book has a very animated, sexy vibe throughout each page, and I love the character designs and facial expressions. This might seem like a book you would dismiss early because of its adult nature, but if you are looking for a fun read, give it a shot.
Money Shot #1 is making sci-fi sexy again, for a price. This book won’t be for everyone, but being a lifelong fan of comic books, I enjoyed it. It is totally unbelievable and not based in reality whatsoever. Think of it more as your guilty pleasure in comic books.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10.
Nolan P. Smith is the Editor and Co-Founder of Pastrami Nation. Being a reporter for the past ten years, he has worked for a variety of media outlets, from newsprint to the ever-evolving internet platform. Residing in Victorville, CA, writing has always been a significant aspect of his life. You can usually find him at comic book conventions, looking for more amazing books to dive into, or at the gym at odd times of the night. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter @nolanpsmith, and Instagram @kakooee.