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Excellent omnibus edition of first 3 books,
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This review is from: Girl Genius Omnibus Volume One: Agatha Awakens (Hardcover)
As a big fan of Girl Genius, I wanted to have the books and in hardcover editions, but the early books are long out of print and very scarce and expensive. This is a welcome addition to all fans of Girl Genius! The book is only slightly smaller than the original ones from the Foglio's own publishing company Airship Entertainment, but you get the first 3 books in one nice hardcover for an incredibly small price. I am not a big reviewer on Amazon, but when the first (and as I write)only review came out, it was very negative, and I just felt that it was unfair. They did not like the Jaegermonsters and the Germanic sounding words they use, they did not like the art, they said that nothing happens in the three books. Well, if you do not like the art, there is nothing I can say. If you do not like the use of this kind of dialog, then this is not your cup of tea. But to say that nothing happens in these 3 books? That is just not right. I will not go into the plot, but Agatha goes from student, to "prisoner" on the Castle Wulfenbach, attacked by slaver wasps, escaping into the wilderness. We meet a ton of interesting characters, like Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, the Baron, Othar Tryggvassen Gentleman Adventurer, Krosp the king of the cats, Bangladesh Dupree the pirate queen, and many more. The first book was originally in black and white, and was recently colored, this edition has the colored version, but it is muted, a sepia-tone coloring. The colors starting in book 2 are vivid, but I like that. I like the expressiveness of the characters as drawn by Phil Foglio. I hope that this series is continued by Tor and that they do all the books in this omnibus format, it will be fun to have in a matching set. The Girl Genius story is now on volume 12 and the whole series is archived online for anyone to read. There is a lot more to read after this book and the Foglios say that we are only now half way through the story.