I got this for a dollar at Forbidden Planet. Vertigo charges $1 for number 1’s of new series, a practice that I think is totally badass. I haven’t bought floppies in a while but I’ve been hearing so much good stuff about this that I decided to get this and check it out. What’d I have to lose?
Mike Carey’s story about the son of a famous author whose whole life has had him being used as a model for his father’s Harry Potter-esque books is interesting. Stories and their “power” are a huge part of this title, something that you have sort of seen a bit before in Fables and Jack Of Fables, but on a different level in that “the truth about books and characters and fairy tales” way. Also it’s a little more “real-life”, where it seems like a key part of the magic and mystery of the story will involve how it interacts with reality, a case of tackling the “art imitating life or life imitating art”.
Normally I read a lot of capes ‘n cowls, sci-fi, and indie stuff, so while I like Vertigo this wouldn’t normally be in my radar if I wasn’t such a whore and read CBR all the time. But yeah, so I really like this and I can’t wait for next month to get #2. The art’s sharp, the cover’s awesome, and some random man on the subway asked me about it and told me he was a fan of comics back when he was a kid, what it was about, and that he liked to see that others still read floppies.