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Girl Genius Vol 6: Agatha Heterodyne and the Golden Trilobite

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Girl Genius Vol 6: Agatha Heterodyne and the Golden Trilobite (2007) Phil & Kaja Foglio

When we last left Agatha, she was possessed by the spirit of her mother, who seems to have plans to take over the world. Gil still thinks Agatha is dead, and the Circus of Adventure has not yet decided how to proceed–especially since they’re still stuck with the Jaegermonsters.

Just a word of warning, Agatha Heterodyne and the Golden Trilobite is the last published book in the series, although you can read the current story on the Girl Genius website. Luckily, this volume didn’t end quite as badly as volume 5. The story is nowhere close to finished, but at least we aren’t left wondering about Agatha’s safety.

I have to admit that the Jaegermonsters are starting to become my favorite characters in the series. They’re literal, they’re brash, and they seem to be unfailingly loyal. Plus, they’re awfully amusing. I think the purplish Jager is my favorite, but that could change at any time.

As with previous volumes, one of the things I like best is that it’s very difficult to tell the motivations of various individuals–the more you learn about someone, the more complex they become, and the harder it is to write them off as simply evil.

If you haven’t checked out the Girl Genius series, you really ought to. It’s a good story, fascinating characters, and a lot of fun.
Rating: 7/10

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