This issue was disappointingly light on the insane characters that populated issues 1 and 2, yes, we got Baroness Resin and Nelson’s hilarious reaction at becoming a woman, but it wasn’t enough. That said, this issue did a very good job at explaining some of what’s going on, hinting at the history of the Dials and what the villains are up to. Manteau is an interesting character, and it’s cool to compare her control of her Dial, where she remains essentially the same person, to Nelson’s. I also think that that after reading Perdido Street Station and being almost at the end of The Scar, I’m more used to China Mieville’s style and know that he doesn’t get around to the nitty gritty of plot right away, the opening chapters of his stories are about establishing a mood and a setting, and whilst Littleville is hardly as deep as New Crobuzon, the tone of this title is now well established. I also like that he and Mateus Santolouco are getting a bit more experimental, with stuff like the panels that ape 1980s John Byrne. I hope Santolouco does a whole issue in that style. This is such a weird book, it’s unlike anything else out there, this is the kind of DC Comics we should be supporting, not Before Watchmen and other shit like that. Yes, this is an old concept, but Mieville is doing something totally new.