Lady Mechanika, Volume 2: The Tablet of Destinies

Lady Mechanika, Volume 2

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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The Rocketeer at War

The Rocketeer at War

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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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Let me start by saying that Big Thunder Mountain is one my favorite rides in Disneyland Paris, only narrowly beaten by Les Mystères du Nautilus. So, of course, when Marvel and Disney announced that the runaway train was being turned into a comic, I was excited.

Design-wise, it’s very pretty. Like all Disney Kingdom series books, it comes only in hardcover. Which is too bad, because it means a fragile flap and a higher price than what you would pay for a paperback edition. On the upside, once the flap is removed, you get a really nice sketch of the ride.

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De Gouden Jaren van Mickey Mouse

De Gouden Jaren van Mickey Mouse

The first volume of De Gouden Jaren van Mickey Mouse (“The Golden Years of Mickey Mouse”) covers the 1930–37 works of Floyd Gottfredson, who was instrumental in turning Mickey Mouse into the icon of animation he is today.

Aviator Mickey (which was actually a line of steampunk and dieselpunk merchandise in Disneyland Paris some years back) on the cover isn’t a misleading piece of art, as several of these stories tie in right with the dieselpunkian sense of adventure of the pre-World War II times.

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City Hall, Volume 5

City Hall, Volume 5

The fifth installment of French steampunk manga City Hall introduces a whole new cast of characters crossing the path of our familiar trio of heroes: Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle and Amelia Earhart. It also marks the return of Harry Houdini, who is finding himself in a world quite unlike anything he’s ever encountered.

The plot which was set in previous editions continues to weave its way along steadily and the new additions to the cast only enrich the story.

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The Rocketeer and The Spirit: Pulp Friction

The Rocketeer and The Spirit: Pulp Friction

The Rocketeer returns from the presses of IDW Publishing with an all-new adventure. This time he’s not alone but teams up with that other beloved dieselpunk pulp hero: Will Eisner’s The Spirit.

Which is great news for fans of both heroes, as this particular crossover is pretty brilliant.

Even though it combines two very different settings, the author and artists do a fantastic job representing both and combining these worlds in a realistic fashion that does the two of them justice.

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