I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
Which is awesome. I loved the last volume so much and I ended up just falling for this character, so I got this one in paperback. The last volume might have had more humor, but this one felt more substantial: getting into the character more and playing with him. And also bringing back Apollo.
Part of the reason I didn't want to wait at the library for this book was that Apollo was coming back in the new series, and I wanted to start reading that immediately. I wanted to get the backstory, and after reading volume two and then the first two in the new series? I probably could have read the newest series first, but I'm glad I didn't: this sets up a lot of the little moments in the new series, and explains a lot that added to my enjoyment of Midnighter and Apollo.
It also turns out that I ship Midnighter and Apollo, so I'm glad I got to this. I was missing Apollo without even realizing it, truth be told.
Love, love, love. It's brutal, it's gritty and there are short stories in the back - I'm not sure where they were originally published, but I'm glad they were included here. They range from humorous - more so than the main storyline - to more thoughtful, even exploring Midnighter's weaknesses. (He can't stand to see children cry, for example, and he sucks at relating to people. All this makes me love him as a character even more, though.)
Just a beautiful, meaningful look at this character. I love it so much!