Many have derided this book for using "cute" art that doesn't fit the moods and brutal turns of the narrative. Others have chafed at innocence and dreamy optimism of the main character Abelard. I found the art to be incredibly expressive, especially the faces of the characters. Pain, delight, surprise and many other ranges of emotion are expressed beautifully. I dont believe Abelard is a cardboard cut out character. Instead, Abelard is young man developing himself, and his simple uncomplicated hopes are instantly attacked as soon as he enters the wider world. This story is more parable than grand story and it is near perfect for what it is.
I highly recommend this graphic novel for anyone interested in graphic novels.