First off, I didn't actually read the earlier series. Somehow, I didn't even know about it until recently, when I read a Fourthy review or something.
Anyway, I jumped into this one, and though I felt like I missed something (ie the establishment of this world), I was able to catch up, and would now like to go back and read the first series.
This story uses the Whitechapel murders as its jumping point, and also incorporates the speculative notion that Jack the Ripper was actually Joseph Merrick, aka The Elephant Man of London (who, unlike the Joseph Merrick of this story, didn't actually resemble an elephant. He referred to himself by that moniker because he thought this deformity was caused by a nightmare his mother had while she was pregnant with him, wherein she was trampled by elephants). If you look around long enough on the internet, you'll find some subgroup of theorists who subscribe to the idea.
This first issue is a really fun comic. The Billy the Kid character is a riot, and everyone else is fleshed out pretty quickly for those who missed out on their introduction in the first series (I'm assuming). The dialogue and pacing really crackle, and the always reliable Kyle Hotz does some stellar work here.
This is a great issue all around.
10.0 (we're staring this off big-style!).
The witness said Mr Brown then called out to Ms Hay's adult daughter: "Look at this, I'm tittie-f***ing your mother!".
Jude Terror 12:19 AM
I put my dick in one of the bagels once.