I picked this book up at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. I had the good fortune of getting to speak with creator Drew Gaska about it. It was all kind of a whim, but he seemed like a smart guy with cool sci-fi ideas, and it wasn't until I got back to my hotel and actually read the book that I realized how good it was.
The tl;dr version is: This is a great graphic novel and you should get it. The art's lovely, the ideas are sound, it's well-written, and you'll be entertained past what you pay for it.
The long version: This book is set in the far future. North America's long since been bombed off the map, and is now mostly a submerged, irradiated, ozone-depleted water wasteland. India is the current world power with a few other still-intact Asian nations nipping at their heels, and white people are an oppressed minority. (If it sounds kind of hokey, perhaps the most surprising part is that it isn't, somehow. No small feat.)
A young Mr. Coney has just inherited a few trillion dollars, making him incredibly wealthy while also being incredibly headstrong. He's approached by a group of scientists who point out that, given how used-up the planet is at this stage in human development, Humanity as a whole has maybe 200 years to go before they simply run out everything and the entire race is screwed; maybe, with this young man's virtually-limitless capital, they could develop a Faster-Than-Light drive worth a damn, to the point where the species could be moved off-world via one method or another and humanity can continue to exist?
That's the overarching goal. The reality swirls around fun ideas like what happens when you entrust a 17 year old both with an incredible fortune and with ensuring the survival of the human species. Without getting into spoilers, interesting things happen and it's a fun ride seeing where the story goes from the initial setup.
There's a lot of fun sci-fi ideas at play in this book, and they're all given a lot of room to breathe. Some jokes hit harder than others, but they all fit and it all flows together very well. It's more of a human drama with a hard sci-fi topping than a book that focuses in on the science, but the concepts presented are at least as sound as your average fan-vetted page of a Star Trek wiki. It won't hold up to HARD hard science but there's at least an attempt made at realism which is appreciable. FTL travel is achieved through gravitational slingshotting via artificial black holes as opposed to "press magic button, go fast", for example.
All in all, this is top shelf stuff, I loved it, and I can't wait for more.
Unfortunately, we're probably waiting until 2015 until more exists. I bought this in 2012, it's 2014 now, and there's only vague hints that the planned future volumes may materialize somewhere down the line. This shouldn't discourage you from picking up this volume -- if anything, it should ENcourage you on the off chance that means this series gets completed faster/at all -- but just be aware that if you're like me and make it to the end of this book craving more, you're going to be waiting a bit.