Boom were smart enough to issue this as a competitively priced, high quality OHC - it’s a good call.
As to the story, well, I don’t feel anywhere near qualified to comment on the racial aspects relative to the US currently - that’s a whole different world, I’ll cede commentary on it to Elvis Mitchell, who provides an interesting Foreword to this tale.
Should certain infamous terms be used in the book? I say yes, because let’s face it, in the South of the US in 1927 they certainly would have been. Trying to sideline or disguise that would be a worse offence than giving an accurate image of the time.
Jones’ painted style works exceedingly well on this story, covering characters and various sequences very well indeed. It may well have taken a while to come out but it’s pretty obvious as to why it did.
In one respect, this story has much in common with Waid’s other works of Empire and _Irredeemable i_n that very few of the characters come out of it well, the picture it paints is not a pretty one.
One of the smartest elements of the story is that the surveyor works out that the way to communicate with the stranger is to use mathematics, as earlier he’d scribed Einstein’s formula into the library floor.
Definitely worth a read.