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Phil & Kaja Foglio – Girl Genius Omnibus

May 8, 2017

35. Girl Genius Omnibus, Vol. 1 by Phil & Kaja Foglio (2012)

Length: 320 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Started: 05 July 2016
Finished: 13 July 2016

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? Recommended by a graphic-novel-reading friend.

Summary: Agatha is a student at the university, but when the Baron comes for a surprise inspection, everything starts going haywire. The lab explodes, a machine she was tinkering with in the shed suddenly comes to life, and her parents disappear — and she’s about to discover secrets about herself and her family that she never suspected.

Review: A friend and fellow comics fan recommended this to me, and we usually have pretty similar tastes, but this one was an exception. I really didn’t care for this one at all. I’m pretty sure this is the first volume (it is called “Agatha Awakens”, after all), but it felt like it dropped me right in the middle of an unfamiliar universe with a LOT going on, and didn’t even bother with introducing the characters other than Agatha (and maybe the Baron’s son, but certainly not any of the numerous other secondary or peripheral characters) or doing any worldbuilding or anything. I’ve seen the “in media res” style of worldbuilding done effectively, but this was not it. (At least not for me.) I don’t think the artwork helped much – it was bright and colorful but there was a lot going on, and something about the style of figure drawing made it really difficult for me to keep the dozens of characters straight. Story and writing-wise, it was interesting enough, and there were some funny parts and some germs of good ideas, but I had such a hard time figuring out what the heck was going on at any one point that a few good jokes weren’t enough to salvage it. 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Clearly there are people out there that love it, but it didn’t work for me, so if you’re looking for steampunk-y graphic novels, I’d recommend Daisy Kutter: The Last Train instead.

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