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Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse

Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse by Phil and Kaja Folgio.  Volume 10 of Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius!

Again opening with the Hugo Award speech.  And -- spoilers ahead for the earlier installments.

When last we left our intrepid Sparks, they were in the middle of an emergency medical treatment, which they were improvising on the spot, without which all three would die.

So naturally this opens with the realization in the town that Agatha killed the Castle (without the knowledge that she couldn't contain its insanity otherwise) and with Dr. Sun's finally managing to contain his most difficult patient, the Baron.  Boris has to take over.

But very quickly, we are back with Agatha, Tarvek, and Gil, coping with things that most doctors don't have to.  Like clank attacks.  And dealing with the Dyne, the river that had once been a sacred spring (and for good if unpleasant reason).

Othar discovers someone in the Castle whom he had not expected to find.  And in a deftly done scene, Boris goes to talk to the jaeger generals, and is interrupted; ah, the reflection that the character whose actions are trouble for Agatha and friends has much better motives than the one whose actions would aid her -- plus the dramatic conclusion.

But the main story about Agatha goes on.  It involves Moloch's throwing a bucket over all three of the sparks, Agatha's screaming that Gil's not allowed to die just because everyone else did so, Gil and Tarvek's vowing vengeance for something they didn't realize that Agatha had done -- and for good reason, Agatha's managing to wrestle with her mother mentally even without the locket,  a carnivorous flower that makes you happy and laughing to lure you in, and dealing with someone on combat drugs that make it impossible to knock her out.

And then there's the Unstoppable Higgs.  There's a slight inconsistency in his characterization between here and earlier.[Spoiler (click to open)]In Mama Gkika's bar, he's afraid of Zeetha during the brawl; here, he's completely phlegmatic while facing and taking down a foe that had already dispatched her.Ah, well, in webcomics, the problem of saying something you would need to revise out if only you hadn't published it is aggravated.  And it is still possible to justify it by giving some reason why he changed.  Memory issues, perhaps.
Tags: fiction reviews: steampunk, graphic novel/manga, webcomics

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