I just read this the past weekend. Agreed, it is spectacular! I have KINGS IN DISGUISE in hardcover,a numbered version that I had signed in San Diego way back. These two books are about as good a representative of how to tell a story in the graphic novel format as you can find by anyone other than Will Eisner.
ON THE ROPES is a wonderful story with sadness and joy, pathos and suspense. It "ain't just a comic book"!
To anyone that wonders, this is worth the money and more, a better entertainment deal than most any movie. Especially because once read, it can be read again and the depths of this story plumbed even deeper. It's a great book.