If you’re not familiar with the comics of Uncle Scrooge, you’re missing out. The treasure hunts of the globe-trotting “richest duck in the world” draw inspiration from steam- and diesel-era adventures and inspired George Lucas in making Indiana Jones!
Scrooge’s creator, Carl Barks, who is widely regarded as the best Duck artist of all time, never consciously established a biography for Donald Duck’s uncle, but he did reveal tidbits about the old miser’s younger years through dozens of stories.
In the twelve-part The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Keno Ron Rosa masterfully weaves together every detail Barks revealed about Scrooge’s past with real-world history, from the heydays of the Mississippi steamboat to the Klondike Gold Rush. It’s that real-world history we’re going to explore. Hence the emphasis on the “times” of Scrooge McDuck.
The twelve chapters of The Life and Times are best read in order. They form a narrative whole, from Scrooge’s rise to his fall to his redemption. Eight additional “untold tales” (Don Rosa prefers the term “B chapters”) are mostly pure adventure stories and best read after. For our purposes, however, a chronological order makes sense.
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Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill have created in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen the most ambitious and inspiring steampunk franchise. Volumes 1 and 2 will top many steampunks’ list of favorite books and deservedly so. They are rich stories with intricate plot lines and sympathetic characters.
The in-between Black Dossier was a bit of a letdown story-wise and I’m afraid things have gone further downhill.
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Those who follow Brian Kesinger on social media undoubtedly remember his mermaid drawings for Mermay a while back. These popular images have now been bundled in a coffee-table book, Brian Kesinger’s Inked Tails.
Inked Tails is a fun, all-ages book, focusing mostly on mermaids, with the image on one page and a few lines about the character on the opposite.
It’s great for just looking at beautiful art, when you want a very quick read or to read with kids.
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Lady Mechanika is a title to look forward to every year when Free Comic Book Day arrives and this year’s edition was no different.
Although in theory these free comics are only available for free on the first Saturday of May, the reality is that many, especially online, stores have stock of Free Comic Book Day issues left and will allow you to include them for free with an order. So it’s still possible to get your hands on a copy.
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Massive diesel-powered airships dueling in the sky. It sounds like winning formula and there is a lot to like about Skies of Fire, the four-part (so far) comic series created by Vincenzo Ferriero and Ray Chou.
The art, by Pablo Peppino, is perfect for a dieselpunk story: crisp and elegant.
The setting — the fictional Aquilan Empire, inspired by early-twentieth-century Britain — is marvelous.
The mystery at the heart of the story — a never-ending storm called The Expanse, which sky pirates call their home — is an inspiration.
But the comic is light on plot.
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In this fourth (third according to publication chronology, but fourth in the storyline) bundled storyline of steampunk favorite Lady Mechanika, we find our hero investigating the death of a couple of street urchins in a seedy part of town. Aided by genius engeneer Mr Lewis, his niece Fred, two recurring characters, and dashing young police inspector Singh, a new addition to the cast.
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In the second volume of Lady Mechanika, we learn more about our partly-mechanical heroine and the world she lives in.
When a dear friend of Mechanika finds himself in peril across the globe, she sets off to his aid with both new and old friends, leaving her home town to traverse deserts and jungles. Only to encounter a fan-favorite enemy of the dieselpunk genre, out to get the fabled tablet of destinies.
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You may find it strange that I’m not reviewing the second volume of Lady Mechanika after reviewing the first, but I feel it’s better to read volume 4 next.
As the cover suggests, we find Lady Mechanika traveling to Mexico, where she finds herself caught up in events that will change her forever.
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I know we’re extremely late to the party with reviewing these, but it is an ongoing series and better late than never, right?
Besides, surely some readers aren’t aware of Lady Mechanika yet and it’s one of the best steampunk comics around.
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This volume bundles together the first four single issues in the ongoing The Rocketeer at War storyline. It is actually the first to be released as a trade paperback, the previous ones, with exception of the short-story book Jet-Pack Adventures, have always been hardcover.
What is great about this issue is that they have kept the same writers and used only two different artists. Which is a vast improvement on past storylines and really helps with consistency.
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