MONEY SHOT #1
Writers: Tim Seeley, Sarah Beattie Artist: Rebekah Isaacs Colors: Kurt Michael Russell
In the near future, space travel is ludicrously expensive and largely ignored. Enter Christine Ocampos, inventor of the Star Shot teleportation device. Her big idea: She’ll travel to new worlds, engage-intimately-with local aliens, and film her exploits for a jaded earth populace trying to find something new on the internet. Now, Chris and her merry band of scientist-cum-pornstars explore the universe, each other, and the complexities of sex in MONEY SHOT!
A story about scientists having sex with aliens for the glory of mankind-and money
I think it goes without saying that this comic is for MATURE READERS, but at the same time, we still have idiots taking small children to see The Joker. So, you’ve been warned.
That being said, it’s important to note that while there are adult scenes in the book, we’ve all seen worse in the sex comedies of the past decade or the erotic drama of this decade. This is not a porn book.
Money Shot writer, Tim Seeley, said it best; “It’s a science-fiction epic about a group of underfunded scientists using a porn website that broadcasts their alien sex conquests to fund their research into the depths of the universe,” Seeley explained in a statement from the publisher. “It’s supposed to make you laugh, make you a little uncomfortable, make you confront the realities of the modern struggles the scientific community faces as they attempt to innovate and discover.”
Seeley continues, ” Money Shot is about sex. It’s about love. It’s about the weird overlap between the two, and the occasional lack of overlap. It’s about how physical intimacy often leads to emotional intimacy, and how often we wish that weren’t true. And it’s about coming together to do something for the good of mankind, even when you’re dealing with all those complexities.”
When it comes to the story, I was expecting a sex comedy. What I got was a sex comedy that made me think more than I expected. The story focuses on Dr. Christine Ocampo and her team as they discuss how in the world can they get funding at a time when their own government is completely anti-science and the betterment of the human race through scientific discovery isn’t a priority. In fact, the opening scrawl lets the reader know that First Contact was made and the superior alien races determined Earth to be full of warmongering rednecks and left. I’m not trying to be political, but I can see where Seeley and Beattle are getting their inspiration from.
As a way to find funding, the team of highly intelligent, and very attractive, scientists decide to turn to the most tried and true forms of financial again, porn. Did you why the VHS won out over BETA in the home video wars? Porn embraces VHS. Do you know when the internet blew up and everyone wanted it in their home? When porn sites were developed. Do you why Blu-Ray is the major DVD format and not HD-DVD……well, that was mostly because of Warner Bros. but also porn. The fact is that the adult industry is a billion (BILLION!) and this is a story about a group of scientenst who find a way to work the system.
I would be completely remiss if I didn’t mention the excellent artwork by Rebekah Isaacs. There are certain artists out there would draw these women like waify plastic contortionists with huge…..tracts-o-land. And the men would all be herculean specimens sporting baby arms hold an apple. That is not what we have here. Rebekah Isaacs knows how to draw people. Sure, they are still attractive people but it’s not in the realm of the absurd. The women have real curves and men look normal. What to do look forward to is how Isaacs is going to draw erotic extraterrestrials. That has to be a unique challenge and from what I’ve seen so far she is up for it.
The bottom line for me is that while this is technically a sex comedy, the thought process behind our casts motivations is worthy of deep discussions while enjoying some cocktails around a campfire.