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Review: MONEY SHOT #1 ‘…A Deep, Hard Read’

Writer: Tim Seeley & Sarah Beattie
Artist: Rebekah Isaacs
ColoristsKurt Michael Russell
Letterer: Crank!
Designer: Tim Daniel

Thanks to Vault Comics for providing a copy for review!

Cover art of Money Shot #1 from Vault Comics

Going from the title and cover for MONEY SHOT #1, I was hesitant at what would be in store for me when reading. Oh boy, was I right!

The plot of the comic is a timely one: the year is 2032 and Earth is very much anti-science because of an increasingly tense political climate. Mankind has also made contact with aliens at this point, but the aliens we have met have also quickly backpedalled out of any kind of contact after checking us out!

The story revolves around five scientists, led by physicist Dr. Christine Ocampo, trying to make their big tech called Star Shot into the next Apollo 11 launch. Ocampo is also the reason all of them are stuck begging the government for grants and not getting them – it’s not hard to see that they all blame her since she’s incredibly boisterous and bullheaded to get what she wants, even at the personal cost of others. It doesn’t help that ‘Star Shot’ is also basically a joke in the science community – known derisively as ‘Money Shot’, “as in she blows the load like a pro”. 

One night, during a vigorous session of self-love, Ocampo has an idea inspired by a new porn ad: “If you can dream it, we can fuck it”. From this, she goes eagerly draws the others on the team with her into her bold, brash idea: using Star Shot itself to travel to other planets and meet aliens, they can each study their fields of expertise. The catch is, to do so, that they become intergalactic pornstars.

Yes, you are reading this right! These five scientists agree to have sex with the aliens they meet on their travels, broadcasting all performances back to Earth to gain continual funding for further travel and research. One more time for the people at the back: scientists having sex with aliens, making porn for cash.

Fair enough! The whole plot of Money Shot is so blatant and ridiculous that it’s hilarious, and at times I honestly felt like I was reading a bad fanfiction idea come to life. However, the book is put together by a team so confident and capable that I never felt that I was in unsafe hands – I had a great time reading MONEY SHOT and I absolutely can’t wait to see what happens next. 

MONEY SHOT #1 is now available in your local comic book stores – although you may have to ask the staff discreetly for it…!

Have you read the book? What are your thoughts? Want to talk to me about this title? Feel free to chat with me on Twitter or Instagram, or leave a comment below!

Ali Raphael
Ali Raphael
Ali is a professional workaholic but likes to add more to her plate by reviewing comics/books/ tv shows/movies and anime. In every other waking moment, she breathes books, manga and anything Marvel. Every day she wishes she was a Part-Time Avenger, instead of a full-time Target employee.

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