The art is gorgeous and brilliantly detailed (even if the rendering looks a tad incomplete, it is astonishingly accurate) and the panelling is extremely well-designed, making for a fluid and eye-catching read.
However, I didn’t understand the small vignettes that are interspersed here and there, almost as interludes. They’re about male-female relationships through various eras and in different cultural contexts. But what do they mean in the big picture?
I have no idea how the second volume will be able to hold up next to this excellent book. I have to expect disappointment, quite honestly, because experience has proven to me that it’s hard for almost anyone to follow-up a great work with equal mastery.