You know that classic situation when the quality of your friend’s threesome will determine the fate of a planet? That’s Money Shot #3.
Obviously there’s more going on, but that is a pretty significant part of this issue. While Omar and Chris are *ahem* preoccupied with the warlord Daughir, the rest of the XXX-plorers are still imprisoned alongside the monk they set out to find — in the hopes that he’ll teach them a meditation technique to use orgasms to power the machine that allows them to travel to other worlds.
Alright, I’ll admit I’ve just read that back and it’s one of the most ridiculous paragraphs I’ve ever written. I think Bree puts it best in this issue when she describes Money Shot as “a bad Star Trek knock off” — this is a series that knows it’s ludicrous, wears its influences with pride and doesn’t pull any punches. The first issue sold me on a brilliantly absurd premise, the second delivered a combination of excellent comedy and surprising emotion, and issue three? Well, it brings all that together with the confidence and swagger this series rightfully deserves.
Alongside the present events on Planet Dry Reef, we’re treated to a series of flashbacks all about how the team got to know each other better and in these moments of post-coital bliss we get some of the best written comedy comics have to offer right now. But somehow it goes beyond that, amongst an honestly preposterous story, we’re treated to a group of bafflingly relatable characters. It says so much about Sarah Beattie and Tim Seeley as a writing team that Money Shot is delivering such a perfect blend of sci-fi, comedy and well written characters.
This would be a good series simply with the quality of writing being put forward, but it’s made even better by the fact that Rebekah Isaacs is entirely the right artist for Money Shot. Every otherworldly creature looks carefully designed and unique from one another, every sex scene is intense and all five XXX-plorers are really damn hot. Also credit entirely where it’s due, Kurt Michael Russell’s colouring contributes massively to the artwork and makes every page vibrant and eye catching.
I don’t want to give too much away here, but simply put all I can say is Money Shot is funny, sexy and packed with potential. If you like sex-positive comics, genuine feeling characters and ludicrous science fiction, this is the series for you.
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