There is a reason why this is one of the most well-known and loved graphic novels on the market. Aside from the brilliant artistic renderings, this clearly a prime example of what happens to the comic book when it grows up. It is both mature in content and very intelligent. The author and illustrator both juggled multiple storylines effortlessly and seamlessly pulled them together at the end.
So why only three stars? To be honest it was so intelligent that I felt much of the novel went right over my head. This is one of those books I would like to come back and re-read in a few years when I no longer have very youn g children sucking my brain cells dry.