The story itself is beautiful and heartbreaking and immensely relatable, a story of finding, losing, and regaining faith in new ways. And, of course, a love story. It's also a treasure in terms of the artwork. Gorgeously done, all around.
My first Batman comic and I loved it! It's dark and intriguing and takes Batman's story in such a unique direction. I loved seeing how his obsessions played out as he reached middle age and how his choices move from the heroic to the potentially pathological.
I totally fell in love with this series. It's the first truly lengthy comic I read in installations, so it took me much longer than a collection like The Dark Knight Rises. Drawing it out over the course of a month or two made for a different, but not unpleasant experience. I'll eventually need to own and reread it in its entirety of course.
A great work that fits into both historical and fantasy genres. This tells the story of China's Boxer Rebellion from both sides, with a heave dose of magical realism. Excellently done in terms of both the writing and the art.
I cannot stress enough how funny this book is. If you're a lover of history or literature, Beaton's blog and the collected web comics in this book are required reading,
I don't usually read comics or series that are not released in their entirety because I have no patience, but I made an exception for this one. And I'm SO glad I did because it was amazing. If I were a teacher, particularly in middle school or high school, I'd have to figure out a way to work it into my curriculum.
First of all, I want to be sure to point out that this is NOT actually a graphic novel. There's no overarching story-line or plot. It's a collection of web comics about being in a relationships and it is, as the title tells you, soppy. It's full of sweet vignettes that anyone with a significant other will recognize from their own lives and it's so full of warm fuzzies I can barely stand it.