It’s no secret that I love this book. Hell, I talk about it often enough. That being said though, with the most recent two arcs the story has really been hitting its stride and I think that has to do with the books amazing supporting cast. Layman has worked wonders with the cast, making everything intertwined and connected, so characters that haven’t been seen in months are all of a sudden thrown back into the forefront.
This most recent arc seems to be using the ‘Tarantino’ method of storytelling in that it keeps jumping back and giving everyone’s story its own spotlight as opposed to telling the whole thing linearly. It also seems to be upping the humour in the background of the book, which is a nice change from the relatively somber nature of the story, borrowing from the ‘Johnny The Homicidal Maniac’ handbook and having noticeboards that change every panel.
Guillorys art is still perfectly matched to the story, drawing a fine line between your typical “comic art” and something entirely unique with his character design.
Far from being a good jump on book, this is one for the fans, with in-jokes, references to past stories and a possible glimpse into the future. The story seems to be taking a shift into SciFi, and I definitely don’t see that as a bad thing is such capable hands.