If you are not a fan of Steampunk then may I suggest you turn back now, though we both know I’d rather you stayed and got to look into the wonderful dark world crafted in Lantern City. For the uninitiated Steampunk is a Genre that takes it ques from 19th-century scientific romances of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Mary Shelley, though it has now evolved into its own full blown sub-culture that takes all the chrome from cyber-punk and replaces it with copper tones. It takes the black from goth and adds in browns (though many other colours are also used), it takes the corsets of so many sub-cultures and adds some flare to them, mix in some Victorian style clothing, give it a modern twist and brings it all into the 21st centuary. Steampunk is much more than just fashion it’s a fantastic art scene and has some interesting music and literature to go with it too. So in that vein of this I thought it fitting to review Lantern City volume 1.
As stories go it’s a fantastic mix of fish out of water, classic double agent,survival of the fittest and all in the post apologetically steam punk city which makes it a little unique. You have a very likable main charter who has been thrown into the midst of a revolution, he is your basic every man who just wants to do the right thing, the only problem is that the right thing becomes harder and harder to do as the situation becomes more and more complicated.
The art is simply stunning and I am sure you’re all sick of me saying that but when it comes down to it I don’t read shit, well I don’t read books that look like shit. This book is beautiful, it’s dark and it’s ever so twisted but the designs are gorgeous. There is incredibly detailed people in this sprawling retro-futuristic landscape, visually it just sucks you into this world and gives you so much to behold that you have no choice but to sit back and read.
If you’re a fan of Steampunk and you are into spy thrillers then this is going to be the story for you and maybe I should also mention that Bruce Boxleitner (you know Tron himself) has a hand in this creation not only that but this book is a tie in to an upcoming TV series, so you’re definitely hitting the ground running for something unique and pretty awesome. Once again guys BOOM! Studios have brought us something unique into this world.