There’s a lot going on here, I’ll admit, and I’ve seen reviews where people say they didn’t get this graphic novel, or that it was trying to be too edgy, but I think that’s part of the charm. The art style has this noir-esque vibe, and a complex world surrounding equally complex characters, so it’s understandable that, to begin with, this series is a little too much. But part of these stories is that they are built to be explored alongside our protagonists, and, like them, we are searching for answers. By the time we follow Castro in the final novel, The Book of Forks, we are discovering things that change how we read the previous two novels. This final installment is perhaps the most interesting and gripping of the three, as it really does reveal some deep-rooted lore that plays with the morality and philosophy of the whole universe.
The Motherless Oven is a wonderful place to start exploring independent, non-franchise graphic novel titles - as Alex mentioned in his review of Check, Please! there are some big hitters that dominate our cultural perception of the graphic novel, even though there are a plethora of unique and exciting titles out there. I cannot recommend this universe enough. It has been on my mind since I turned the first page, and has been integral to me breaking into the graphic novel genre.