I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
It promised covers from the comics series, and it provided that: regulars, variants, one-shots and mini-series. It's meant to be an art book and nothing more: some captions and short explanations cover the how and whys some of the extra series and issues came to be, or some very minimal 'this is why so-and-so was on the cover.'
Then again, this isn't meant to talk, not in words. The art is what's meant to speak to you, and it did speak to me: lush, emotive art. Bright, or subdued, inspired b comics and other forms of popular culture, or not, they all spoke to me.
I loved this series in college, and while I still do, it's not with quite the same fanatic passion. And yet these spoke to me, even though I hadn't read season nine, Angel and Faith, or some of the one-shots. They all spoke to me.
Beautiful, beautiful art. It doesn't have to be more than that. It can be just the art and touch me, and this has.