Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Steampunk/Graphic Novel
Size: 160 pages
Publisher: Studio Foglio
Release Date: November 24, 2009
Stand Alone or Series: 6th book in the Girl Genius series
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the sixth TP in the Girl Genius series. I continues to really enjoy this series. It’s been a lot of fun to read and always has me laughing out loud. I really enjoy the complex story and the crazy cast of characters. Just FYI this review may contain spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books in the series.
Agatha has been possessed by the evil Lucrezia who is responsible for the Long War. Agatha is trying to fight the possession, but it is a losing battle. Meanwhile the Wulfenbachs have found out that Agatha is still alive and come to apprehend her. It’s a crazy mix-up because we don’t know who is loyal to Agatha and who is loyal to Lucrezia. People are also confused about the fact that Agatha is not actually Agatha. While all of this craziness ensues, Agatha’s friends from the Circus are trying to break into the castle to rescue her.
These are getting harder and harder to review. There is a huge cast of characters and the story has gotten increasingly complicated. The book switches between 3-4 different groups of characters and storylines. Still, it was never hard to follow and the story is incredibly interesting.
I continue to enjoy the large cast of very quirky characters. Agatha still features in the story a lot. We learn a lot in this volume about how Agatha can use her voice to control things. We also get to see her do a lot of inventing and finally found out what all those Klanks she made are going to be used for.
Krosp, the Emperor of Cats, continues to be the character that cracks me up the most. That being said all of the characters are highly entertaining.
The drawings are well done, they very brightly colored and they do an excellent job of showing action and character emotion. I was never confused by what was going on, the illustration really does add a lot of the story.
There a funny short at the end of the book where Agatha has to solve a mystery involving her socks. The whole thing is very tongue in cheek and funny.
Overall another wonderful installment in the Girl Genius series. The plot is masterfully done and I continue to enjoy all of the action, adventure, intrigue, steampunk elements and quirky characters. Highly recommended, especially if you are a fan of steampunk/humor graphic novels.