In 1999, Alan Moore wrote The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It proved two things. One: Classic literature is still cool. Two: If you are going to write about an alternate historical reality that meshes steampunk with ancient mysticism, you'd better be a damn good writer. Damnation's story isn't terrible per se, it's just confused and in such a hurry to get to where it's going that it forgets the "little things," like character development and coherent narrative.