I really don't know how to score this book. I haven't been reading the book. From reading general comments, most people who read it love it, but I can't see why. One guy at the LCS today said he thinks the Harry Potter crowd would love this book, but I think it is something they would quickly lose interest in. It is too patchwork.
The background of the story is that the young magician Tommy has had a series of books written about him. Tom, who claims he is not Tommy, has moments of memory which appear to show the reader that Tom is indeed Tommy. Tom has run into a bit of trouble, and is sent to prison pending trial.
The first page and a half of this book is reviews telling the reader how good this book is. No, thanks, I don't like cum shots facials. Put this at the back of the book. Quit trying so hard to make me think I am about to have the greatest reading experience of all time...you are creating high expectations that can't possibly be met.
At first glance, the second half of page two looks like it will be a re-cap. If it was re-cap, I didn't get it. Then there are about three pages of the Crusades. Then regular art starts. There are pages that are drawn/constructed to look like web sites and message boards. In some word balloons, names are underlined to look like links, which is really dumb because there is no way to follow a link in a printed book. I think this book is trying to be kewl. And I also cynically think this is why so many people are claiming to love this book -- 'Hey, Look! A comic book that looks like it is online!" In one scene, the prison warden is reading the adventures of Tommy to his kids. It is reminiscent of the scenes in Watchmen where the prison psychologist is in his home, scenes that were deemed unnecessary in the movie.
The art is rather bland. Uninteresting, even. The only pages that I found interesting enough were the pages with the witch and the last 2 pages. The parts of the story that were set in the Crusades, the stories of Tommy, were drawn better than the everyday scenes. The everyday scenes were dull.
In a scene set at the end of the book, Tom walks out of his prison cell during the night. Just walks out like the door wasn't locked. The cells are your basic Mayberry type cells. As drawn, there is a simple lock on the door, not the modern electronic locks that prisons have today. It's a convenient detail to leave out so that it doesn't get in the way of the overall story. If reality gets in the way, toss it out.
As I said at the top, I don't know how to rate this comic. I found it dull, maybe even pretentious. The art was uninspiring. But the book wasn't horrid, either. A 7 might indicate that I might like to read the next issue, so 7 is too high. A 3 or a 4 would indicate that I think it is a waste of time. So, I'm stuck with a 5 or a 6. I give it a 6, because that is how many goals the Buffalo Sabres laid on my Detroit Red Wings last night.
I was perfectly content before I was born.