This series has been consistently fantastic since the first issue. That makes for excellent reading but also boring blogging, so I’ll keep this fairly brief. It’s just great, plain and simple, so I’m afraid this will mainly be gushing.
In this trade, Vaughan went back and explained what was happening behind the scenes during the end of the last story arc – the same scene but expanded and following other characters. Similar in concept to the time overlap that George R.R. Martin used in book four and five of A Song of Ice and Fire, except it didn’t suck. Vaughan is great at controlling the pace of the plot. He’ll jump around time, giving a taste here and a longer scene there, without it feeling gimmicky or tiresome, which I think is harder to manage than it seems. He also introduces new characters quite well. He doesn’t let them get in the way too long before we’ve had time to start caring about them, which is again all about pacing.
I’m all caught up on the series now, so I get to start the waiting game. It looks like the next issue will be out in December, so I won’t have to wait too long at least. If you like adventure and raunchy humour, and are at all interested in comics, this is worth checking out. It’s Joss Whedon mixed with Terry Gilliam, with a bit of Seth Rogen thrown in.