I was very pleased with both the content and the quality of the books. Thankfully, amazon delivered the books undamaged, too, which seems to happen more often these days :) Anyways, you can check out the previews from amazon but the story starts off in a quite depressing tone. One disaster after another! However, things do get better and I am liking the story development so far. While I can't say this is the most creative script I've seen (in fact, there were some too text book-like developments), story development is very solid and characters do not feel generic - well, most of the important ones at least. Heroine Emily is a very strong character who does not give-in to immense power of the stone even in the dire circumstances. This is a typical trait of a hero/heroine in too many stories, true, but she does not over do it. Her character was molded well so that she wouldn't simply become a nuisance and drag everyone down, at least for now. Same with the brother Navin. He is childish but not to the point that it makes him annoying. One thing I worried about was slow pacing as the first book does start off very slowly, but the story moves quickly in the second and third volume. In fact, what I really like about the series is that no events or characters feel unnecessary. It is very compact and that makes the story engaging, although there are places where I would appreciate a slower progress to have a deeper look at the characters. Artworks are fantastic by the way, which is probably why each volume takes so long to be completed. Volume 4 seems to be on its way (September) but waiting for the 5th volume will be painful.
*p.s: I am planning to check out some western comics/graphic novels. Right now, Fables and Artesia are on my list. Any other suggestions?
*p.s2: And please don't say Watchmen. Read it, wasn't too pleased with it.