Since I first read Shade the Changing Man, Peter Milligan has been regarded in my book as one of the best writers. I've been eagerly awaiting to find the Enigma for the past few years, it being regarded as his rare masterpiece. I finally found it at a comic shop for $5, and honestly, that's how much this comic was worth. My preconceived notion of what I thought it would be was nowhere near the simple conclusion at the end, or the story as a whole.
The promise of revelations about the Enigma keep you entrapped for most of the comic, and then around 3/4 the way, the answers come slow and sub-par compared to what happened before. Ads for the book gave intriguing plot-fodder about the Enigma existing and not existing, as well as proclaiming that this is the most important comic about comics since Watchmen. Wow. All that plus Peter Milligan? How could this not be good? I don't know, but I'm still shocked at the disappointment. The actual text writing is pretty clean, and the dingy art completely sucks you into the pages. But the plot fails, and it's full potential is never realized. The twists at the end made me roll my eyes.
Try anything else by Milligan before this. Almost all of it's better.
Oh, and one thing. Even though I don't exactly mind this aspect, if you are homophobic or you have a problem with gay people, I wouldn't read this book. You shouldn't judge others by their sexual preferences, but if you do, I guarantee you'll be offended by the Enigma.