Glyn Dillon is a journeyman UK comics artist who will be familiar to many US comics readers from his work on comics published by Vertigo, most notably Sandman. Those readers, along with anyone else who takes the time to explore The Nao of Brown, are in for a pleasant surprise when they open the covers of this beautifully produced hardcover volume and feast their eyes on what awaits inside. Freed from the corporate shackles of conglomerate entertainment, Dillon has been transformed into an artist inspired by life. Deftly employing a combination of pencil, pen and watercolor in a manner that has, technically, a bit in common with Milo Manara's later work – while being employed to very different ends – Dillon's work here is easily the best of his career. Every page is a visual treat that pleases the eye. The play between the delineation of depth within each panel and the architecture of the page are integrated by the compositional use of color; together making for a stimulating reading experience. While it is clear that Dillon is an artist first and a writer second, The Nao of Brown is nevertheless quite engaging in its relating of the story of a young, artistically inclined woman of half-Japanese, half-British heritage, living in London and working at a "kidult" toy store specializing in Japanese products, who is also learning and practicing Buddhism is her spare time, enjoying time spent chatting with her roommate, and trying to find love – all while doing her best to overcome her OCD-related intrusive thought syndrome (or something like that...). With The Nao of Brown, Glyn Dillon has proven himself a master comics craftsman. We're very much looking forward to future works to emerge from his studio.