This definitly was NOT what I was expecting. Maybe I'm really naive but when I thought of An Illustrated Novel I assumed a certain level of innocence. Maybe I should have read the back about how this came from the creator of Hellboy. AKA not innocent. The good news is that definitely didn't hurt the quality of the book. The story of the old magician being kidnapped is fun, and his apprentice Molly won my heart as she tries to rescue the man that was like her surrogate father. Joe Golem was fine, but really, how many big guys with soft hearts and a really mean right hook do I want to read about? Church, his boss and a death defying detective, was much more interesting. Joe and Church spend the book trying to help Molly and foil Evil Bad Dude. Each character was really unique, especially visually. Something that might be an advantage of using graphic novel artists. I especially liked the ending. It had a really interesting sense of justice that was really satisfying.