James Robinson's script provides a lot of action but also manages a surprising amount of subtle characterization. At first Commander Kahn seems little more than Nick Fury in a turban but - after confronting a government adviser who Kahn has personal reasons for wanting to see dead - we see that he is hardly the standard career military man and that he holds certain principals higher than obeying orders. Sadly, we get no such introduction to The Sandman (one of my favorite Golden Age heroes) though we do get to see several Sandmen in action and see that Wesley Dodds is their leader. I can't wait to see how that plays out!
Nicola Scott's artwork is, as always, a wonder unto itself. Few artists can manage this level of detail without their line work threatening to obscure the picture. Such is the miracle that is Nicola Scott. Inker Trevor Scott proves wise enough to emphasize the original lines with a light touch. And colorist Alex Sinclar's palette perfectly highlights each scene.
I love this book but I can't recommend this issue to new readers. Try and find the first few issues or wait for the upcoming collected edition. You'll be glad you did.