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Agatha Heterodyne and the Voice of the Castle (Girl Genius, #7)

By Phil Foglio

Rating: 4 stars

Volume 7 of the hard copy of the Girl Genius webcomic sees Agatha Heterodyne recovering her mind from the Other (aka her mother) and making her way to her family’s town of Mechanicsburg to claim her seat and her castle. However, she’s not the first into the castle, as a fake Heterodyne gets in before her, with malicious intent.

It’s been a while since I’ve read one of these graphic novels and they’re awfully good fun. Following the story is so much easier this way, rather than getting three pages a week. The art is still awesome (and I loved the shout-outs to other webcomics on a lovely two-page spread near the start) and suits the steampunk subject beautifully.

Book details

ISBN: 9781890856458
Publisher: Studio Foglio
Year of publication: 2001

Agatha Heterodyne & the Golden Trilobite: A Gaslamp Fantasy with Adventure, Romance & Mad Science

By Phil Foglio

Rating: 4 stars

Volume 6 of the printed chronicles of Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius, picks up from where volume 5 left off, with the revelation that Agatha’s mind has been taken over by that of her mother, Lucretia, who is revealed to be The Other – the cause of the greatest war of recent memory. This volume deals with the attempts of Agatha to break free of her mother, the machinations of Prince Tarvek and his sister to overthrow Baron Wulfenbach and the attempts of Agatha’s friends to rescue her.

Despite an awful lot going on at any given time, the narrative never feels overwhelming, and all the threads dovetail nicely. As I’ve said before, I find these graphic novels much easier to read and absorb than the page-at-a-time webcomic (not that it stops me reading that as well) particularly when there are multiple threads going on and with an ever-growing cast of characters.

The story remains enthralling, the art is beautiful and fits the steampunk nature of the story perfectly. I look forward to future instalments of Agatha’s story.

Book details

ISBN: 9781890856236
Publisher: Airship Entertainment
Year of publication: 2002

Agatha Heterodyne and the Clockwork Princess (Girl Genius, #5)

By Phil Foglio

Rating: 4 stars

Agatha Heterodyne is travelling under cover with her companion Krosp (the emperor of all cats) with a travelling circus on her way to her ancestral home of Mechanicsburg when they are attacked by a horde of monsters. They make it as far as Sturmhalten, a town ruled by a minor Spark, where Agatha’s voice is recognised and she is kidnapped for nefarious purposes.

The volume ends with a stinker of a cliffhanger as Agatha seems lost to us, but I knew it was coming up (having read the webcomic online) and knew how it resolves, so it didn’t bother me as much as these things normally do. This volume gives us more details on the J├Ągermonsters and fills in more of the Girl Genius world, while keeping a focus on the characters and the story moves at a decent pace, making it very readable. More is revealed about the Other, the war of recent history and the role that Baron Wulfenbach had in it. The story is well-paced so that revelations and plot resolutions are drip-fed to the reader as new plot threads are added, so it never feels too frustrating at any given time.

Recommended for mad scientists and minions alike (just remember to start from the beginning).

Book details

ISBN: 9781890856397
Publisher: Studio Foglio
Year of publication: 2006

Girl Genius Volume 4: Agatha Heterodyne & The Circus Of Dreams (Girl Genius #4)

By Phil Foglio

Rating: 4 stars

Everyone’s favourite mad scientist, Agatha Heterodyne, has escaped from Castle Wulfenbach and now needs to make her way across a monster- and clank-infested wasteland to her ancestral home of Mechanicsburg. She and her companion Krosp (emperor of all cats) join a travelling circus and this volume tells the story of their journey.

The circus folk are fun, and when it is finally revealed, their secret is pretty impressive. This is the volume where we also meet the loveable (for given values of ‘loveable’) trio of Ognian, Maxim and Dimo, the J├Ągermonster equivalent of Larry, Curly and Mo (although with more in the way of killing).

The story zips along and the art is as lovely as ever. It’s also much easier to follow in graphic novel format than trying to read it a page at a time online.

Book details

ISBN: 9781890856229
Publisher: Studio Foglio, LLC
Year of publication: 2001

Agatha Heterodyne and the Monster Engine (Girl Genius, #3)

By Phil Foglio

Rating: 4 stars

Volume three of the ongoing webcomic Girl Genius, this volume introduces us to the revenants, and the hive that go on to become a recurring threat in the story and Agatha starts to come to terms with the fact that she is as Spark (and acquires a talking cat).

I’ve been reading Girl Genius for a while now but it’s nice to go back and start again, and read it in a much more compressed format, rather than three pages a week. It makes it much easier to follow the story and remember the characters, not to mention flick back if you forget any of them. I enjoy this sort of mad scientist steampunk and the art is fantastic. Great fun, if quite short.

Book details

ISBN: 9781890856328
Publisher: Airship Entertainment
Year of publication: 2004

Agatha Heterodyne and the Airship City (Girl Genius, #2)

By Phil Foglio

Rating: 4 stars

Volume two of the ongoing webcomic Girl Genius, this volume introduces us to the giant airship Castle Wulfenbach and a whole bunch of new characters as Agatha tries to understand this new world that she’s been forcibly introduced to.

I’ve been reading Girl Genius for a while now but it’s nice to go back and start again, and read it in a much more compressed format, rather than three pages a week. It makes it much easier to follow the story and remember the characters, not to mention flick back if you forget any of them. I enjoy this sort of mad scientist steampunk and the art is fantastic. Great fun, if quite short.

Book details

ISBN: 9781890856304
Publisher: Studio Foglio
Year of publication: 2001

Girl Genius Volume 1: Agatha Heterodyne and the Bettleburg Clank SC (Color Edition)

By Phil Foglio

Rating: 4 stars

Volume one of the ongoing webcomic Girl Genius, this volume gives us the background to this steampunk world of mad scientists (‘Sparks’) and their minions and introduces us to Agatha Clay, the girl genius of the title as she discovers her own talents.

I’ve been reading Girl Genius for a while now but it’s nice to go back and start again, and read it in a much more compressed format, rather than three pages a week. It makes it much easier to follow the story and remember the characters, not to mention flick back if you forget any of them. I enjoy this sort of mad scientist steampunk and the art is fantastic (and volume one, originally in black and white, has been re-issued in full colour too!). Great fun, if quite short.

Book details

ISBN: 9781890856502
Publisher: Studio Foglio
Year of publication: 2002

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