Girl Genius web comic

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Discovered that comic recently, don’t remember from where. I was rapidly hooked. Went from the start of the archives and got current in a matter of days.

It’s amazingly entertaining. the settings is steam punk with very strong Marvel influences. The beginning of the archives is in black and white, but quickly becomes full colors.

Let’s list characteristics of this comic: funny, beautiful, well written, political, science-fictional, victorian, robot-frantic, epic, romantic, gothic, rich setting, full of intrigues, strong visuals, heroic, super-heroic, full of mad-science, action-driven… and probably lots more. The diversity of the influences and the many-leveled story line makes for a very refreshing work.

It all takes place in a fictional europe and the political landscape is rich and complex. The past and its discovery meshes intricately in the story line.

The art is very rich and dense. A bit ‘babe’ driven but still very pleasing on the eye. There’s sometimes a bit too much density in layouts for my taste, but hey, Marvel’s been doing that for years and it works.

Writing is good, lot’s of funnies in there, stereotypes are used and abused. Story twists are always extremes and keep the pace very fast and engaging. Characters are well defined and there’s a certain Marvel quality to them. Punch lines delivered mid-combat and such.

Ok I’ll stop gushing about it now and let you go and read Girl Genius.