So it turns out this book is exactly what I needed then, but passed it up. I've only just got around to giving in to all of my fellow comic nerds who have been suggesting it to me. I'm not sure what, aside format he pirate setting, put me off. The artwork is great. Yonder can certainly illustrate an interesting pirate tale. This work is all you need to see to prove that point. His style is not hyper-detailed or full of crosshatching nonsense, but more akin to what a Michael Lark or Sean Phillips would be putting down on the page. Dark and beautiful. The layouts are nice also, and make it a breeze to follow the action, while keeping the dialogue heavy panels interesting, and far from dull. Also, aside from being the perfect artist for this title, Yonder has the ability to color his own pencils and inks in such a way that it really adds to the atmosphere and takes it to another level on more than one occasion with the moody atmosphere.
There also seems to be no lasting effects on Smitty, or nothing that sticks with him from one one-shot to the next. I understand why that might be the case too, but I like at least a little character development in my stories. That being said, these are not anywhere near big enough complaints to warrant anyone to stay away. The exact opposite is true. More people need to read this book. You need to read this book. This is not the pirate epic in Tales from the Black Freighter sections of Watchmen you want to skip over every time you reread that book, it's fully worth your time. And where else are you going to get to read the adventures of a pirate gumshoe? That's what comics can do.