Girl Genius, Vol. 1: Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg Clank by Phil Foglio

Girl Genius, Vol. 1: Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg Clank (Girl Genius #1)
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So I looked this one up online (and read it there for free) as I was struggling with the 13th volume which is a 2014 Hugo finalist for Best Graphic Novel, and while this is from only one point of view – Agatha’s – it’s still a little disjointed and hard to follow. Almost every sentence of dialogue feels like it should end with a exclamation mark. It’s high drama, or melodrama. But perhaps that’s a mark of the mad science genre – I wouldn’t know, I’m new to it.

Agatha is a strong female role model. She doesn’t crumple in the face of adversity. I found the worldbuilding a little lacking and many questions are left unanswered by the end of the volume.

The artwork is nice though a little cartoon-y and Agatha’s proportions seem a bit ludicrous for a teenager. She’d be more at home as a buxom barmaid wench in a tavern filled with randy vikings.

I love visual steampunk, on TV and in the movies, but can’t get into it in novel form so I thought this would be good middle ground. Not this time.

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