Girl Genius 4: The Circus of Dreams

Agatha Heterodyne encounters a brand-new group of terrific characters in this chapter of the “gaslamp fantasy” series, Agatha Heterodyne and the Circus of Dreams.

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Girl Genius 4: Agatha Heterodyne
and the Circus of Dreams
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Agatha has escaped from the castle of Baron Wulfenbach (as seen in The Monster Engine). She’s accompanied by a grumpy talking cat that serves as comic relief. They quickly run into a traveling caravan of show people, a group that provides a wonderful opportunity for the Foglios to sketch a wide variety of amusing larger-than-life personalities.

There’s the lead actress, ordering everyone around; a super-tough warrior queen from a lost civilization; the large-bodied ringmaster; the skilled mechanic; the adorable child with the big mouth; and many more. The circus resists getting involved with someone running from such a powerful man, but Agatha’s surprising mechanical knowledge and good heart wind up convincing them she’s worth the risk.

There are surprises, humor, intrigue, and adventure beyond every page turn. The characters double-cross both each other and the reader, making for an exciting read that’s hard to put down. I loved finding out “what happens next?”

There’s also a backup story that demonstrates the appeal of Heterodyne Boys tales in inspiring the imagination of those that hear them (while making fun of fan authors using Mary Sues).

5 Responses to “Girl Genius 4: The Circus of Dreams”

  1. Justin Says:

    The omnibus for Girl Genius is coming in my next shipment. And your two reviews (that I have found so far) have me very excited to get this book. It sounds like great fun.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, it is very fun. I found it just the tonic for being grumpy about comics.

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  4. warren Says:

    I got hooked on this comic thanks to the online version. Very worthwhile (even though I’m reading the “101” series and am not close to caught up to Vol. 4).

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