I just got the last two issues and I plan on re-reading the entire series as soon as I'm done Moore's Swamp Thang.
After a first read, I have to say I wasn't really happy with the series. I loved the first issue, second and third issues were cool, fourth and fifth were okay, and six to eight were kind of meh (seven was awful), nine was neat but not great, ten was pretty cool because I love Austin TX, an eleven was friggin' awesome (Kelly drew a COFFEE TIME* shop!) and twelve just left me frustrated.
I wasn't too happy about how the series deviated from being about cities to being about Megan McKeenan, who is, in my opinion, a simple character. The core stories about here were not really all that great, and mid-series Wood lost the drive to write about the city (at least I thought that). I can't say I'm fond of Megan because she's a typical bildungsroman-type character. I was hoping for more city less Megan.
With that said, issue eleven was the best not just because it was set in Toronto and captured the snooty preppy OCAD student well, but also because it put together a lot of really neat little things in the series. The art was great too. The drawings of the offices downtown were pretty on-point, as were the art gallery drawings.
This series was great for little things. The stuff lying around Megan's apartment (the Atmosphere CD
) and all that, it really showed Ryan Kelly's eye for detail and I think he totally outshined Wood in this series. The little essays in the back were cool at first, but after a while they just weren't doing it for me. I might splurge for the hardcover but I'm not sure at this point.
*Coffee Time is this chain of coffee and donut shops, really gritty and nasty, but they were the last chain in Ontario that allowed people to smoke in the shop and I used to go there with friends and sit and smoke and drink coffee all the time in my final years of high school.