Adventure. Romance. Mad Science.
Those are the thrills that "Girl Genius" promises to bring readers. And I can tell you it not only fulfulls the promise - it exceeds it.
My friend Bowman lent me the first three volumes of Girl Genius when I was down in Virginia this last week for the FT-Novel get-together. I read all three of them in just about 24 hours and I was completely hooked. Once I got back home I went online and read the remaining six volumes online. Now I am eagerly awaiting Friday for the next page to be released.
"Girl Genius" is the story of young Agatha Clay, a girl who lives in a Steampunk Victorian era Germany. This world is dominated by stories of the family Heterodyne...and the "Other" that tried to destroy them. Nowadays it is the Baron who keeps the peace...but he keeps his eyes open for promising young inventors, who possess the creative genius that makes them known as "sparks." When the Baron comes to Agatha's city, and his son Gil discovers that Agatha is a spark, her world changes forever...
There's some risque humor and violence that makes it for the 16-and-up crowd, but overall it's a very good story, with excellent characters, plot, and humor. I highly recommend it for the appropriate age group.
"Girl Genius" is an online comic which means that every single page is availible for free online. New pages are posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.