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Girl Genius Volume 5: Agatha Heterodyne & The Clockwork Princess (v. 5)
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Phil Foglio's 'Girl Genius' lives in a world where mad scientists create armies of steam-powered robots and scientific monsters. Our heroine is Agatha Heterodine, a budding mad scientist (called 'sparks'), daughter of great hero and all-around charming heroine.

In volume 5 the seemingly random events of the last 4 volumes are finally brought back together into something resembling a plot. Still with the circus Agatha is enmeshed in a plot that ties into her own mysterious past and ends on a cliff hanger.

Many of my earlier complaints are resolved in this volume. The coloring is better and the story is more coherent.

Although Agatha remains flawless, and becomes even more special as we learn about her mother, it works. The name of the book is Girl Genius after all so we can expect a certain amount of over-the-top perfection from our heroine.

This series remains a solid, all-ages, adventure that I recommend for anyone.
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on December 28, 2016
The Foglios always write witty and deliver great colorful drawings as usual . I'm excited to slowly own this collection of comics and have the paper form in my hands.The book came laminated with shelfware and tear as described. came in when expected.
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on October 23, 2016
goon continuing story.
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on July 13, 2014
Read them. Read them all.
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on November 9, 2006
'Genius' describes this comic. It is some of the best writing I have seen in comic books in a while. The humor is fast, smart, and compelling. There is not a single cut-out or flat character to be seen. There is mystery, drama, science, action, explosions and more. A MUST read!
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on January 11, 2009
I love the art. My 50 year old husband, and 10 and 21 year old sons walk around the house quoting it constantly.
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on September 3, 2006
These books just keep getting better and better. If anything, this book is more interesting, with more action, than the previous four. Can't wait for the sixth book.
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VINE VOICEon June 1, 2014
This is the 5th TP in the Girl Genius series. I have really been loving this series a lot. It’s a lot of fun to read, there is a lot of humor, and I really enjoy the heavy steampunk theme throughout.

Agatha and Krosp (the emperor of cats) are still traveling with Master Payne’s Circus of Adventure. Now the Jaggers have joined the circus too and they are awesome, always itching for a brawl. However, during a performance Agatha’s voice is recognized and she is kidnapped for evil purposes. Who will come to her rescue?

This whole series has been spectacular fun. Lots of comedy, wonderful steampunk elements, and tons of adventure. This book throws in some creepy automatons (particularly the Clockwork Princess) which were fascinating. There is also a horde of creepy monsters that have been devouring villages. In addition to this poor Prince Gil has thrown himself into his inventing after believing Agatha is truly dead.

I continue to really enjoy Agatha, she comes up with some awesome inventions and is just pretty darn funny. Krosp played a smaller role in this book, but was also hilarious. We do learn a little bit more about her background and the mythology surrounding the Heterodynes.

Then there are the automatons and the whole idea of souls or spirits inhabiting machines, which is something I love reading about.

Things move fairly slow in these books, but the events that do happen are highly entertaining. The illustrations continue to be brightly colored and all the women continue to look a bit manly. But I still feel like the illustration fits the story really well.

The book does start with a “the story thus far” which I really am happy is there. The story is getting more and more complicated and it is good to have a little refresher as to what is going on.

The only thing that was a bit disappointing is that this book ends on a horrible cliffhanger. I am dying to know what happens next!

Overall, this book was just as much fun as all the previous books have been. The story is getting more complicated and I continue to enjoy it. There are some wonderful steampunk things in here and the book is hilarious. My husband always rolls his eyes while I read these because I just sit on the couch and laugh and laugh until I am nearly in tears. I highly recommend this graphic novel series to everyone, especially those who love steampunk.
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Ordered to provide a performance to the local tyrant/mad scientist, & wanting to avoid a long stay near the tyrant, our Heroine (Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius) & the troupe of actors & circus performers she is traveling with puts on "The Socket Wench (NOT a typo) of Prague", a play so naughty they are certain to get bounced out of town ASAP.
(Tee-Hee!)
{No actual vulgar material is portrayed in this quite teen-safe book. Lots of Hee, not so much Tee.}

The tyrant likes it.
(uh-oh.)

And wants Agatha, who was the female lead in this spicy play, to come to dinner at his castle
(OH DEAR!).

There, Agatha is taken prisoner by the Tyrant & his daughter, a clockwork Cyborg.
(HORRORS!)

What plot do they have in mind?
(Gasp!)

What nefarious scheme is in motion gainst our poor heroine?
(Gasp-Gasp!)

Who are the mysterious "Geister Daemon"?
(GAAAASSSSP!)

And, can I stop laughing before I do meself an injury? Probably not, this is too darn funny!

The drama is heating up, the humor is outrageous & the art is better than ever! The use of lighting to suggest mood is very well-done, & as always, character design is outstanding.

Way to go, Phil & Kaja! This series is the best thing you have ever put in print!

The Hipster gives it a Big Thumbs UP!
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on March 30, 2007
This is a great series, especially if you're sharp-eyed.

Is Baron Wolfenbach a hero or a villian? Well, yes. What about Othar T.? Well, about the same, only ... not. There's a lot for the reader to sort out, which means a lot of possibilities in the storyline, and the Foglio's seem to have gotten the hang of it.

The characters are extravagant but well within the bounds of high adventure. Countess Marie wields a mean frying pan. The Jagermonsters are the biggest, baddest boys on the block since Moe, Larry, and Curly--and they have a sense of humor, just like the authors.

The "steampunk" is delightful: airship castles complete with emergency escape paragliders, mechanical orchestras, pocket-sized robots and the true Napoleon of cats.

The artwork is first-rate, not only in the execution of the images, but in the way the images and the dialog reveal the story together. There are Easter Eggs: a character loses his composure--and his bag of candied fish. Agatha dismantles a clank (robot) and removes a giant 3-pronged plug marked with the letters "UL" and the red slash-over-circle (think NO LEFT TURN). The name and dates of The Greatest Spark of All Time should remind you of a -very- famous person from real history (don't think of toothpaste).

And best of all, there's a real plot. A backstory complete with The Villian's Beautiful Daughter. Also Mimmoths. (Gotta have Mimmoths.) A worked-out milieu (doctors wear forked beards. Why? We don't know yet.) A plotted plot, as bits of the story we've forgotten about take their places in the jigsaw puzzle. And that means that sometime, somewhen in the future, all the threads will resolve in a massive, ten-fingered chord with thunder from the pedals. At least they will if people keep buying the books, which I heartily recommend. (Did I mention that Agatha plays the Silverodeon?)

The Girl Genius webcomic from which these books are derived was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story of 2008.
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