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The First Journey of Agatha Heterodyne: Book Nine: Agatha Heterodyne and…

by Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio

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This is the ninth TP in the Girl Genius series. I have really been enjoying this series a ton. I love the colorful artwork, the crazy characters, and all the humor. These book always have me laughing my butt off.

Agatha is still trying to get Castle Heterodyne up to full power. Of course all of this is complicated by the arrival of Gil and the fact that Gil actually knows the woman pretending to be the fake Agatha. Many antics ensue and parts of this book are incredibly hilarious.

I have loved this whole series so far. The illustrations are crazy colorful and match the tone of the story perfectly. The characters are quirky and hilarious. I love the odd humor through and enjoy all the mad science that goes on in these books.

Agatha really comes into her own in this book. She has Castle Herterodyne obeying her every command (where the castle isn’t broken) and she is taking control of a potentially explosive (literally) situation. I enjoyed the scenes with her and Gil, they are so funny. The both like each other a lot and work together really well, but they just haven’t realized it yet.

The introduction of the mysterious Heirs of Storm also happens in this book and I am very curious to see what that storyline leads to in future installments. I am absolutely loving Castle Heterodyne itself and its snarky somewhat bloodthirsty personality.

Overall this has been a fantastic series and this was an absolutely stellar book in this series. The plot is complex and so well done, the character highly entertaining, and the illustration detailed and colorful. I am really really enjoying this series. I highly recommend this series to anyone who like fantasy graphic novels with a heavy dose of humor. I also recommend it to all the steampunk fans out there. It is just so much fun! ( )
  krau0098 | Jan 4, 2015 |
This is the 9th graphic novel chronicling the life of Agatha Heterodyne. The entire story is available online for free as a web comic, and periodically they bind them into another book for us to buy. I find the story and the artwork to be great.

In this episode we start out with 'everyone' inside the castle running around like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off. It's amusing for a while but this is a stretch where NOTHING ever seems to get done, 'we need to do this, but this is broke so we have to do that first, oh no, we need to go help them before we can start...' At least it wasn't quite as bad reading this time in book form instead of waiting on the web. Anyway still enjoyed the book and plan to collect them all, wish I could find them all in reasonably price hard covers, but it looks like I'll have a hard enough time getting them all even in soft cover. ( )
  readafew | Nov 19, 2010 |

This is the ninth volume in the Foglios' Girl Genius saga, originally published online, but now available as part of the Hugo Voters' Packet; it's not a series I know other than having read Volume Eight last year when it too was up for the Hugos. I liked this one more; perhaps it is that I am now even a little more familiar with the characters, but also the storylines seemed a little less opaque, with the intelligent castle particularly memorable as playing its own game with Agatha, its ostensible owner (at one point it muses that it would quite like to be reconstructed as a yurt, so that it could go and visit exotic places). As ever, the Foglios' artwork is gorgeous and distinctive. I don't think they will score a second successive Hugo - Neil Gaiman is sure to win for Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? - but I will rank this volume higher than I did last year's. ( )
  nwhyte | Jun 7, 2010 |
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This book is dedicated to John & Carol, who knew perfectly well what we were up to, and still failed to "forget" the jelly; and to Nora, who at that point, simply didn't care.
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Mechanicsburg: the ancestral home of the Heterodyne family.
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After discovering that she is the lost heir to the famous Heterodyne family, Transylvania Polygnostic University student Agatha Clay must repair the defenses of the mechanical fortress that is her family's castle before her hometown is destroyed.

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