Being in australia, this tv show hasn't been aired on local channels. But I really loved the comic book, and wanted to see how they would treat a film version.
... Enter torrent websites and a few downloads later, I was quite enjoying the series. /guilty admission.
However, I found the pacing to be a little off. Granted, the good thing about a comic is you can absorb it at your own pace. Dwelling on pages or skimming dialogue, etc. But the opening couple of episodes in the series were quite drawn out. I feel like if I had to sit through advertisements as well, it might not have been worth it. Which is a bit of a sad thing, because anyone unfamiliar with the story line, and how intricate and well thought out the relationships are, might not have the patience to stick by the characters in those opening sequences.
I actually watched through the season with a friend, and once we hit episode 6, we went back to ep 1 again. Her comment was, the first time around, it seemed very drawn out. But after being with the characters for so long, she could see how necessary it was to set up these relationships.
Yes, I will be buying the dvd when it is released (to add to my collection alongside the comics). But my sincere hope is they can continue the delicate balance of character study and action adventure they were achieving in the later half of the series into season 2.
Last I heard, they fired all the writers from season one anyway, so who knows what'll be happening next season.
So yes, I fully agree with Ninja Krow, on a 10/10 as far as story and visuals is concerned ... the editing, however, could've been improved.