Detention No. 2 follows Hensley's earlier limited edition Sir Alfred #3 that was published several years ago by Pigeon Press (and was also reissued more recently by Fantagraphics). Both are printed extra-large in a saddlestitched Treasury Edition format, on extra-heavy white stock. Detention is an antidote to the Classics Illustrated formula. Adapting Maggie, a Girl fo the Streets by Steven Crane (along with a few bonus pieces) it draws on the irreverent tone of the early comic strips (and includes a cameo appearance by The Yellow Kid, no less!) that were read by the descendants of the very tenement dwellers that populate the pages of Crane's novel. Matching the formal qualities of his comics – not least of which is the coloring, to which special attention has been paid – to the formal literary qualities of Crane's novel, Hensley provides readers with a true comics translation.