Essentially, this is the Gundam Wing episodes condensed to fit into a graphic novel form while retaining as many of the main elements of the show as possible. This first book covers the series from the Gundams arrival on earth up to the point where the 5 scientists have built the Vayeate and Mercurius for OZ, and the pilots have returned to space. The story moves at a much faster pace than the show, as several have noted. The characters appeared fairly true to their show counterparts in this first novel, but their are some slight differences in personalities that fans of the show will quickly note. These differences may be due to the pace that doesn't allow for a lot of character development. The art is great and some of the mini-comics at the end are kind of funny. Overall it is a decent adaptation, however there is thing about it that really annoyed me. The Japanese manga reads right to left, opposite to us Americans and many others, so that their books are done in a manner that seems backwards to us. The publishers of the book simply flipped, or mirrored, the artwork so it could be read from left to right. This means that every suit holds its weapons opposite of how it should, some dialogue seems to come at an awkward time, etc. It is still worth checking out if you really like Gundam Wing and want a slightly different slant on the story.