It goes away, it comes back, it goes away. I'm invested in the original world, and the characters and it's frustrating that we keep getting teased with them.
I'm getting frustrated, which is why I knocked off one star. The art is getting tighter, even when Larsen plays around with style. And he does. I read about how he does that, and then in this volume? I can really see him doing it, more so than in the past. It's new, it's exciting, partly because it's good. The way he combines more realistically drawn characters, right next to more cartoony characters, in the same issue/book/panel really emphasizes the story he's telling, so not only is he exploring artistically, he's doing so thoughtfully.
This series continues to pay homage to other books, while winking at the reader. Larsen knows what he's doing, and he makes that obvious. It's still a funny, action-packed soap opera on steroids. I mean, I finally feel like I know the feels of soap opera aficionados. I also wonder how many soaps Larsen has watched.
That being said, sometimes soap-like stories just get on my nerves; this one has really gotten under my skin. It's just... riveting. I may end up buying the handful of issues past archive nine, just to catch up, in fact. Loving, loving, loving this.