What a joy this book is to read. First, Darwyn Cooke’s stylish, simple art does more with less than just about any comic out there. Dave Stewart’s colors are equally impressive, filling the art with mood and capturing light and shadow effortlessly with nary a primary tone in sight. Second, Gilbert Hernandez’ story is captivating. The characters are cinematic yet very real, the elements of mystery and fantasy are tied together in an intriguing way, and nothing is predictable. The mysterious girl seen on the cover may know what’s going on, but so far she isn’t telling. Everyone is trying to figure out what’s up with the strange glowing spheres that are making people vanish, or sometimes return changed: the local sheriff, the visiting scientist, the two government agents, and of course the townsfolk, but despite the danger involved, no one seems too worried. It’s a very lovely and laid back place, which makes the goings on all the more interesting and fun to watch. My only complaint is that the mini-series is now half over!