The last book I read by Peter Milligan was Bronx Kill HC (Vertigo Crime) and in one book, I completely lost all respect I once had for Milligan. I was losing interest in Shade the Changing Man since he seemed to be spinning his wheels by the end with only some meaningless character deaths to justify the continuation of the series. However, I still thought of him as a decent writer that I could read at any time and still enjoy. Only he's changed. Unlike Warren Ellis who is putting out the same cool nihilist stories that fail to excite me the way they did when I was a teenager, Milligan has left all that was good and talented in his writing behind for some ponderous navel gazing.
THis book cemented my bad opinion of Milligan. THe stories are unsatisfactory and the main characters are rather lifeless. The only follow through in the book is the main character being scared that he's losing his soul by imitating these other people. It's a pretty boring way to revive a character that relies on Scooby masks to look completley the same. The problem is more angst than believable. THe fact that he forgets that he's the human target is preposterous. The way the story has him thinking with the thoughts while stopping to go "oh no, who am I" is just tedious.
Overall, this is a sad little exercise in teen angst disguised as a mystery series with not much to show for itself.