Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm (Girl Genius, #9)

By Phil Foglio

Rating: 4 stars

Volume nine of Agatha Heterodyne’s exciting adventures see her ensconced in her family seat: Castle Heterodyne. The castle turns out to be a sentient fortress, albeit one that is badly damaged and whose consciousness is fragmented and which is a death trap. Complicating matters are Agatha’s friends who have come in to help her, but who she sees as a burden that she must protect, and her enemies, also in the castle, trying to destroy it. And it doesn’t help that even the bits of the castle that acknowledge her are becoming increasingly erratic.

The story in this ongoing webcomic is becoming ever more complex, and catching up in the hard copy volumes makes it much easier to track what’s going on, and who the various characters are. The love triangle between Agatha, Gil and Tarvek deepens and is becoming more interesting as it goes on, with Agatha being continually embarrassed both by the gentlemen in question, and by the bystanders who Assume Too Much.

My favourite new character, though, is the Castle. Castle Heterodyne is an ancient, somewhat deranged personality with the most awesomely perverse sense of humour. Every time it speaks (possibly with Christopher Lee’s voice), it dominates, even without the physical presence of its many torture machines, death traps and gizmos.

The only thing missing from this volume (as Kaja Foglio acknowledges at the end of the book) are the Jägermonsters, but we do at least get some short strips (and lovely full page art) featuring them at the back.

Book details

ISBN: 9781890856526
Publisher: Diamond Comic Distributors
Year of publication: 2010

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