My husband, my friend and I haven't read the graphic novels, so we are watching the show on its own merit. We are really enjoying it. Yes, the pacing is a little slow, but the characters are interesting enough to keep us going. We can see that everyone is going to have a complex backstory that we can't wait to see. I love Cassidy and Tulip, and I like the fact that I actually don't like Jesse. I'm also looking forward to finding out how "The Cowboy" figures into the storyline. But...I am not happy about Brewster!! Not happy at all.