Raven's Children is as grand and sweeping as Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels. Like much of McCaffrey's work, Layla uses science fiction and fantasy elements as backdrop, but the important elements of the story are the characters. She's figured out how to make fully realized people from different and sometimes diametrically opposed cultures come to life by merely setting pen to paper. She's packed the story so densely with real characters that you almost don't realize that the whole story takes place on another planet.
Comment: I just heard about this comic-book saga, even though it's been around for several years. It sounds great.