... that its a comic.
That is probably the only thing preventing this book being recognised as a true work of literary genius.
Because comics are only for kids, right?
This is one of the comic books that blows that particular idea right out of the water.
I first read this book about 15 years ago and I am still getting new things out of it each time I read it.
The bueaty of the characters is that apart from the fact they have decided to be heroes in costumes. there is no massive innertorment driving them onwards (well, in most cases!) they are just normal people who have taken an abnormal decission which has effected their lives in ways they never imagined - and neither will you!
I wont bang on about the story - there are plenty of reviews that will give you more indepth details if you need them. Just believe me, this is one of the true 5 star products.
If you can afford to buy the book in this format do so. It adds to the "epic feel" of the story to be holding an oversized hardcover in your hands. Also, the details in the panels are easier to spot and as there are as many layers to the art as there is to the words, this is most certainly a good thing!
Buy it, read it, reread it and then read it again!