I have to say I wasn't blown away by this book like the majority were. The concept seemed good and I like the satirical take on everything but something didn't click for me. So much so that I've forced myself to read this over and over again to see if there's something I'm not getting. Nope, I just wasn't feeling it.
It just felt TOO crazy. Like it was from the perspective of a kid with ADD hopped on a mountain of coke. The art was pretty and really jumped out at me as I read it, especially in the car chase scene, despite making the tone of the book go off the rails which sort of ruined the story feel.
The overall story of the protagonist, Butcher Baker, being told to kill all his old villains who are currently incarcerated to save the taxpayers money also seemed solid...but the pacing and everything felt more like trying too hard to shock. At times in the prison part of the story I felt i was reading an adaption to an early 90's Steven Seagal movie starring a Lobo.
But when you take away the shock after shock factor, I didn't feel there was much else in this other than some nice, different art. Definitely different compared to other stuff out there...but nothing that will make me personally rush next month to get #2. Maybe I'll get the trade later.