The collected edition of FASHION BEAST, including issues #1-10, is due to arrive from Avatar Press in both hardcover and trade paperback in August, and since plenty of comic reading compatriots have expressed to me that they will be waiting to read the series as a collection, this review will be divided into spoiler-free and spoiler-heavy sections for both audiences. The comic has a long history, nearly 30 years to be exact. Alan Moore was commissioned by Malcolm McLaren to draft a feature-length screenplay of an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast including elements from McLaren’s life in 1985, concurrent with Moore’s work on WATCHMEN, and sadly, the screenplay was never filmed. Avatar Press, who have handled several Moore properties as adaptations of short stories and performances, as well as scripts written for the comics medium, approached Moore about adapting the screenplay into a comic series, with Antony Johnston adapting it to comics format and Facundo Percio on art. It has received largely positive reactions from fans who have noted that the visual aspects incorporated for filming have worked well in the conversion process and left the series more strongly Moore-accented than works he has been less involved in adapting personally. Part of what has enabled the series to function well has been the serialized format, not simply a hatchet job to divide up the story into units, but a careful arrangement of material that leaves the ready hanging issue by issue with old-fashioned and comics-friendly cliff-hangers. For that reason, it can be read just as well in issue format as it will be in a collected edition. In fact, it was even a hardship to wait for each issue to make it to shops, waiting to read the follow-up to each episode.