I feel as though I may be lynched for disliking this book. I love graphic novels and Dave McKean's vision and style yet this work lacks all but a slight cohesiveness and completely failed to elicit any type of emotional reaction from me. I felt not a single connection to any of the characters. Since the characters sharing an apartment and how they interact is the entire point of the book, I barely feel justified rating 2 stars. I am doing so only because of that vision and style I mentioned before.
The characters truly stomped on my nerves. The ones with too much dialogue needed less and vice versa. There were moments when I thought the story was going to evolve into something more but every time my hopes were dashed. A part I remember being in awe of was the scaffolding towards the beginning, such a wonderful example of McKean's talent.
I can only recommend flipping through the book to appreciate McKean's art but an understanding of the story is rarely needed to achieve that appreciation. This book is overrated.