There's not much happening on this cover, and the art is not representative of the awesome pencils and colors that hide inside. I see this cover as somewhat of a way to undersell splendid art.
The art is quite appalling. It's a very different style than what I'm used to but it's very pleasing to the eyes. Also, as a first issue, the story here works really well as it serves as a very nice way to introduce the concept, the character and still move the story along to the next part of the story.
The language. Now, I'm not ever offended by racist language because taking offense is simply just a waste of time when it comes down to those things, but I still laugh when people use the word cracker. In addition, it's 1864; was that a prominent word back in the day? I honestly thought it was a very recent, stupid thing. Regardless, the use of the racial slurs here is not so much as offensive, for I care not for that, but just downright silly. In other words, they're there but they really don't need to be. Some stories necessitate racial slurs; in this case, it's downright unnecessary.
Despite some really silly language, which really ticks of a star, the story and pacing are great and the art is beautiful. I'm curious where it's going, and I highly recommend this to anyone that likes really dark tales.