Reading between the lines of this novel, I can see the screenplay it desperately wants to be.That's not wholly a criticism of this book, which is remarkably tight and engaging for something that is clearly the start of a series. Joe Golem is set in the same style of universe, though likely not the same literal universe, as such seminal works as "Screw on Head" and, of course, Hellboy. If you liked those, you will like Joe Golem. If you didn't like those, you won't like Joe Golem. There's not a hair's breadth between them.But I don't mind more of the same when it's the same as something excellent, and that's what Joe Golem is--a familiar story, with characters that are more archetype that flesh and blood (or stone). And when or if the movie comes out, I'll be first in line for a ticket.By the way, many have commented on the book's billing as an "Illustrated Novel." Such a phrase brings up images of Hugo Cabret, which fully deserves the appellation of illustrated novel. Joe Golem, unfortunately, does not. Yes, it is a novel, and yes, there are illustrations, but that's about it. By that logic, Harry Potter with its small drawing at the beginning of each chapter was an illustrated novel. Don't buy it for the pictures. Buy it for the engaging story and tight world building, its evocative atmosphere and its examination of the otherworldly in all of us.