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Product Details

  • Series: Girl Genius (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Studio Foglio (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890856509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890856502
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.7 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mostly, when you see the phrase "fun for all" it really means "fun for nobody", but that does not apply here.
The Foglios' illustrations and writing are vivid & joyous, and their sense of humor displays minds born with the belief that "the world is mad, so why not enjoy it?"

Clever riffs on the old Universal Horror classics mix with wild sight gags & a great fondness for the spectacular in their work.

There's a plot, too. That's always nice.

The Hipster gives it a Thumbs Up!
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Phil and Kaja Foglio's Girl Genius is a fast-paced, antic introduction to the adventures of Agatha Heterodyne and her world. Like the first prose novel in this series, this book feels very much like an installment of a series, rather than a complete work in its own right. That's fine, since it's clearly labeled Book One all over the cover.

The story clearly introduces the main characters (Agatha, Baron Wolfenbach, and his son, Gilgamesh) through dialogue and action. It sets up a clear, distinct world, where clockwork technology feels right at home alongside nineteenth century society. And the art is expressive and detailed while still telling the story clearly.

A hallmark of Phil Foglio's work is his humor, and that's very much to the fore in this story. However, he maintains a balance between the humor and the suspense, and that's what makes this series such a compelling read for me.

Highly recommended!
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The Girl Genius series is unique. The writing is intelligent and very funny and the art is wonderful, detailed, cartoony stuff unlike any other comic out there (unless that other comic was also drawn by Phil Foglio). The story takes place in an alternate Europe, in a time akin to our Victorian Age. However, in this world Mad Scientists are real and can bend the Laws of Nature to their whim, so the history of this world has been quite different from our own, although many aspects of the world of Girl Genius will be quite familiar.

This volume starts the tale of Agatha Heterodyne, the Girl Genius of the title, taking her from struggling student at Transylvania Polygnostic University to prisoner of Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, the despotic ruler of most of Central Europe. But her story is only just beginning at this point and, although her destiny has barely started to unfold, it is obvious that Agatha is destined for great things, with a lot of action and adventure yet to come. (And there definitely is, with over ten more volumes of Agatha's story already written.)

Now this story won't appeal to everyone. Humor is a tricky business and Phil Foglio's art style is too unique to be everyone's cup of tea. If anyone is unsure about buying this book, then don't. You can read the entire story on the web. The authors (Phil and Kaja Foglio) are betting you will like it so much that you will want to pay for a print copy of your very own. (I and a whole lot of other people already have.) They would rather have fewer customers than unhappy customers. You can start reading the comic on the Girl Genius web site. Type "girl genius comic" into the search engine of your choice.

If you want to buy Girl Genius in print form, but have questions, the Girl Genius Wiki, probably the most complete source of information *about* Girl Genius on the web, now has a guide for new Girl Genius readers, which you will find a link to on the "home page" of the Girl Genius wiki site.
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This is the introductory book of a series that my kids (age 7 and 11) haven't been able to get enough of. The humor is first rate, the plots are interesting, and the characters are distinct, interesting, and fun. Some kids may have problems with parts of this - early in the book, a man is blown to bits by his own bomb, and the scene is played for laughs, but my kids, who are bothered by violence (e.g. Uncle Ben's off-camera death in the Spider-Man comic books), weren't bothered by it at all.
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