There's a real connection made between the artist and his art that extends to a deeper understanding of both, here.
If space is time—and space is literally time in the comics form—the world of the novel is a temporal cage. Manuele Fior pushes at the formal qualities of that cage to tell his story.
Weapon H/Hulkverine has an uphill battle from the beginning, but does plenty to set himself apart, even if he is just a simple mix of Wolverine and Hulk-like brutality.
While there are many real-world parallels of evil empires that plunder, going back to the days of the pyramids, not even the most blood-thirsty ruler could do so on the scale of the Empire.
There are a lot of strong female characters here. There are just as many, however, who are fit only to remind us of how far we have to go.
Jean Grey and Emma Frost aren't just two characters who occasionally disagree with how to conduct themselves as superheroes.