This series continues to impress with both its art and its storytelling. I was worried the quality established in the early issues couldn't be sustained, but if anything this collection is even better. In this volume the story and world expand, but none of the intimacy is lost. As some questions are answered still more are poised. I'm completely hooked, and I can't wait for more.
I don't know that I've ever seen a series as beautiful as this one. Every panel is as intricate and lovely as the cover art. It's astonishing that this is a full monthly title and not a short run comic. Add in the carefully crafted plot, well conceived world-building, and full cast of kick-ass characters (most of them women), and this series is a gem. A delicious blend of dark fantasy with a dash of cosmic horror, steampunk, and Asian mythology. This one is not to be missed.
I have no idea what's going on here, I adore the art-work and several of the characters are very interesting but I want to care more and I can't find it in me, I care about a lot of the peripheral characters but the main characters aren't as compelling. I'm following more of the art than the story and finding myself lost in the pretty.