I really don't like the cover. There, I said it.
The cover's concept is great - a bunch of fairytale people stuffed into a train, with Boy Blue busking on the platform and Snow White in the process of trying to run for a somewhat-closed door - but it comes across as crowded and chaotic, and the different characters don't look like they belong together. In a way, that makes it all the more appropriate for a series about fairytale characters living together in an area of New York. But I still don't like it.
The artwork on the inside is great, though - increasingly so as the series grows and gains more fans. Speaking of which, this is certainly not a kids' series - there are sex scenes (although nothing is shown) when appropriate for the story, and plenty of violence.
Snow White rules the mayoral office with a flinty-eyed efficiency that's a delight to behold. She's long since divorced Prince Charming (who is sleeping his way around the mundane human population in lieu of getting a job), but when Bigby (aka The Big Bad Wolf - and the community law-enforcement) comes to tell her that Rose Red's apartment is thrown apart and there's blood everywhere, it's time to get out of the office and find out who would kill Snow's wild child sister - and why.
The characters in this series are beautifully done, and they most definitely change over time due to their experiences, which makes re-reading it a real treat. They may not quite mesh with your memories of their "real" fairytale namesakes. . . but that makes for a far more interesting story.
This series is still going strong, and is one of the greatest graphic novel stories you can get. You can technically jump in anytime, because they always outline the story and characters really well before launching into the new book - but you'd miss a lot of the best bits if you didn't go back and read it from the start.
I've recently started reading graphic novels, and this one drew me in straight away. I love the fairy tale concept, and since I've watched my fiancÚ play one of the games inspired by the series, I'm interested to see how it will go...