Explore the Galaxy and Support Local Book Sellers – MONEY SHOT Review
Written by Tim Seeley and Sarah Beattie
Drawn by Rebekah Isaacs
Lettered by Crank!
Published by Vault Comic
During the era of Covid-19 stay-at-home
orders, one of the things I miss most is my weekly trip to the comic
book store. Yes, there are other sources for comics, but what I like
most about my comic shop is that it's a local small business. Over
the years I've made friends with the owner and employees, and I miss
chatting with them every week. Like many small businesses that have
been forced to temporarily close, comic book stores are struggling to
make ends meet. Things may be looking up to an extent, but comic book
stores still need our help. Stay-at-home orders begin to expire next
week, but it's likely that comic shops won't be high on the list of
businesses that are allowed to fully reopen right away. Plus, Diamond
doesn't plan to begin shipping new product until mid to late May.
Then once shops reopen, chances are good they might not see a lot of
traffic at first as people wait to see if it's truly safe to resume
normal life. Luckily, there are many ways to support your local comic
book store without leaving your home.
Many small publishers are sharing the
profits made from online sales of their products with local comic
book stores, including TKO Studios, Black Mask, and Scout Comics. For
those who aren't into buying physical copies of books, you can make
monetary donations to BINC, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.
They support small booksellers all over the country. For those who
want to purchase a book, support small booksellers and their local
comic book store, I suggest bookshop.org. Every purchase made from
bookshop.org benefits small bookstores, including comic shops. Plus,
your local shop can create personalized lists from which you can
shop. Right now, bookshop.org is shipping faster than Amazon (and
selling some of the same titles at cheaper prices as well). I ordered
Money Shot, and it arrived in less than a week.
The back cover sums up Money Shot more
eloquently than I ever could, “This is a story about scientists
having sex with aliens for the glory of mankind...and money!”
Having invented a teleportation device that allows her to instantly
travel to the far corners of the galaxy, Christine Ocampo and her
fellow scientists start live streaming their sexual encounters with
various alien species. By selling memberships to their live streams,
they work to raise money to fund their other research and scientific
projects. The story reminded me of a cross between two of my favorite
films, Galaxy Quest and Zack & Miri Make a Porno.
The writing in Money Shot is very
clever and the dialogue is witty. Each main character is an expert in
a different field of science. The writing team does a great job of
working these specialties into the team's adventures. My favorite
part is that the characters' porn names are all plays on concepts
from physics or famous scientists. If it's one thing science needs
more of, it's innuendo. The writers also do a great job of keeping
the plot moving forward while using flashbacks to establish
background information and flush out character details. Though I
enjoyed all the characters, my favorite was Dr. Doug Koch. Everything
Dr. Koch says is hilarious, and his character design makes him look
like an even sexier version of Patrick Stewart. Dr. Ocampo is very
charming and endearing as the team's leader. I found myself rooting
for the team, not just to see more crazy sexual encounters, but also
to see Ocampo achieve her dreams.
Money Shot's art team also does a great
job. The human and alien characters' bodies are all anatomically
realistic. They are all drawn sexy without becoming exaggerated sex
objects. The hardcore sex acts are never shown, but there is quite a
bit of nudity. Head up prudes, this includes male full frontal.
Luckily, all the nudity is handled tastefully, fits into the scenes
where it occurs, and is never exploitative. Just like with the
writing, there were many small artistic details that I highly
enjoyed. For one, the cod pieces on the team's jumpsuits had me
giggling through half the comic. Midway through the story there's an
alien called the Bokai Elder. If his weapon of choice doesn't make
you laugh-out-loud, then you may be dead inside.
Money Shot is a comic I've been interested in for awhile now. Having finished it, I'm glad to report that it surpassed my expectations. The story is fast paced and hilarious. I fell in love with the characters and became enamored with the artwork, especially the bright colors. Plus by purchasing this trade paperback from bookshop.org, I got to help out my local comic book store and local booksellers nationwide as well. That may be the best thing about this comic...no, I take that back. The best thing is Dr. Koch, but helping out bookstores is a close second. Check out bookshop.org's selection today and help out a bookstore or comic shop near you.
Writing: 5 / 5
Art: 5 / 5
OVERALL: 5 / 5