Robert Venditti spins a vivid tale but some of his takes on the cast seem inauthentic compared to Paul Cornell. His Vandal Savage, for instance, lacks the barbaric charm of Cornell's take on the character and his "gigantic mirth" seems oddly forced. It's also somewhat jarring to see much of the mystery taken out of The Horsewoman as this issue lays her powers and abilities bare.
Bernard Chang's artwork still inspires, looking like painted woodcuts from the time this book depicts. One could easily see these illustrations in the margins of some monk's book from the Middle Ages. It's good stuff - good enough to make me continue to recommend this book, despite my misgivings over some of the character portrayals. It's been only two issues, after all, and thirty years have passed. Perhaps some of this can be written of as people changing over time? I don't know but I'm willing to stick around to find out.