This "book" is an ambitious, epic, jumbled compendium of genius. Only the twisted, brilliant mind of Alan Moore could create a masterpiece like this. What is it about- what is the plot? I don't really know. I do know that it's a series of many plots, from the many classic stories that inform Alan Moore's work. There is no better read writer in comics than Alan Moore- nowhere can you read of so many myths, fables and stories in the same volume. Some of it reaches the greatest heights, while other parts of it are a jumbled mess, especially the part that lampoons "On The Road" by Kerouac. Tell me a book that includes erotic tales, pornographic cartoons, Shakespearean plays, the story of Orlando in comic form, a parody of "On The Road" and spy genre. Oh, and several pages of mind-blowing 3-D comics.
This hardcover book is one of the only books that even plays with the very physical thing that is a book. Each part of the book is actually printed on different stock of paper, and different sizes at times. The 3-D portion is amazingly entertaining. (Full Disclosure: I'm so sick of 3D movies I vow to never see another one again- yet this 3D comic really pops off the page).
What is it all about? Ultimately, it's a celebration of the glory that is storytelling, the creative mind. Readers of "Fables" will recognize the story is actually about... stories! Moore finally lays out his theme of joyous, rampant, mad creativity when the wizard at the end says:
"Rejoice! Imagination's quenchless pyre burns on, a beacon to eternity, it's triumphs culture's proudest pinnacles when great wars are ingloriously forgot. Here is our narrative made paradise, brief tales made glorious continuity. Here champions and lovers are made safe from bowdlerizer's quill, or fad, or fact. Here are brave banners of romance unfurled...to blaze forever in a blazing world!"