Weak start, strong finish. Fascinating series.
The first volume blended deadly seriousness with whimsy, the experience of a precocious child growing up in the midst of the Iranian revolution and subsequent war with Iraq. It was relatively heavy on Iranian history and politics. I loved it.

Persepolis 2 is more of a biography (and I don't much care for biographies) at least for the first half. But it does maintain much of the charm and disarming honesty of the first book.

It begins with Satrapi's teenage years spent bouncing around Austria, which I found to be dull, uninteresting. It read like standard depressing, formulaic memoir fare.

Things picked up between her humble return to Iran, her failed marriage, and her final move from Tehran to Paris. She delves once again into the stultifying political climate in Iran, the roots and causes of the suffocating repression, and the struggle of being a woman or a progressive in a fundamentalist land. A strong finish.