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The Bellinghman
Date: 2007-01-10 22:32
Subject: #116 Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio: Girl Genius #3: Agatha Heterodyne and the Monster Engine
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Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio: Girl Genius #3: Agatha Heterodyne and the Monster Engine

Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Studio Foglio (Dec 2004)
ISBN-10: 1890856320
Category(ies): Science Fiction (Graphic Novel)

OK, so this is the third of the series, and I'm reviewing it after Agatha Heterodyne and the Circus of Dreams, which is the fourth. But that's publication - sometimes, not all editions are in print.

In volume 2, Girl Genius: Agatha Heterodyne and the Airship City, Agatha Clay came aboard the airship Castle Wulfenbach as the supposed assistant to a supposed 'Spark' (or Mad Science Genius). Of course, it's Agatha who is the Spark, and she ends up creating a mob of miniature 'clanks' (clockwork automatons with rudimentary intelligence), which come into play late in volume 6 (yet to be published). Young Gilgamesh, the Baron's son, is very taken with Agatha, but since he is nominally a villain, at least according to the Genuine Hero Othar Tryggvassen (who insists on rescuing Agatha from his marriage proposal), that path will be somewhat difficult.

By the end, Agatha is on the run from the airship, mostly because of the infuriating Tryggvassen's interference, but she now knows that the Clays were sophisticated clanks, and that she is really a Heterodyne. Or rather, The Heterodyne.

Here ends the first trilogy.
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User: nallac
Date: 2007-01-10 23:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Are these book B&W or colour? Amazon are offering a collection of books 1-3, but they say it is black and white, which suggests the ordinary one are colour.
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ξενική μὲν, χρησίμη δὲ
User: tla
Date: 2007-01-11 00:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Book 1 is black & white. I have yet to receive book 2, but book 3 is color.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-01-11 09:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yup. (Though IIRC, the bonus story in #1 is colour.)

There is indeed a omnibus collection of the first 3 which is B&W. It's also pocket size, and though it'd be fine for following the story, that small size would lose the lusciousness of the story.

Edited at 2008-09-25 08:25 am (UTC)
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