The graphics are detailed, and very good especially the one when mewtwo was created. The drawings are in black and white, but it doesn't matter, in fact in many cases the result is more striking in b/w. I think it is better than volume 1, because it has more action. This book has more original team rocket characters than the TV series. It is a good idea to have gym leaders from the rocket team, as well as normal ones, allowing a more interesting plot.