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Review: Clockwork Angels #6

Clockwork06Title: Clockwork Angels #6

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Kevin J Anderson (writer) and Neal Peart (story and lyrics) with Nick Robles (artist)

After some time, Owen awakens in the care of the Wreckers, at their floating city of ships. The Wreckers possess an airship that uses Coldfire as a lighthouse beacon, to lure in potential prey. Owen sees how the Wreckers live, with freedom from the Watchmaker’s ‘stability’ and eventually, once again meets the Anarchist, whom stole one of the Watchmaker’s Divine Calculators, which was how he was able to find Owen. However, the Watchmaker was able to use the same device to divine the location of Owen and the Wreckers’ city and the army arrives to claim him. As the Wreckers and the Watchmaker’s Army do battle, Owen is able to escape using the Wreckers’ airship, which doesn’t get him too far and crashes into the ocean. Owen, luckily, washes up on shore and stumbles upon the circus he had stayed with in Crown City. There he once again finds the lovely Francesca, whom he eventually marries. Owen stays with the circus, as their juggler, and visits home again, learning that his father constantly told everyone about his son’s adventures. Owen discovered that the greatest treasure and accomplishment in life, was finding the love and respect of his beloved Francesca!

A somewhat ‘rushed’ (pun intended) ending to this wonderful mini-series! I feel that this issue could have been broken down into two issues, but that would have left the series off with an odd number, which is usually isn’t down. I really enjoy this world, it’s interesting, colorful and full of magic and adventure, which is why I understand we get no closure at the end! We get closure for Owen, that’s a definite, but the war between the Watchmaker and the Anarchist doesn’t. This may be that the writer and the band don’t want to close off the possibility of more stories in this world or maybe, just maybe, the ending is ultimately left up to us! Maybe we’re to decide, as we read this final issue, what happens to this world. As a tabletop gamer, this series would make for a great gaming world, and that may be where I get my closure. Even with the ending/non-ending, this series is fantastic with beautiful art, an interesting setting/world and a great story, you should pick this one up!

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Review: Clockwork Angels #5

ClockAng05Title: Clockwork Angels #5

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Kevin J Anderson (writer) and Neil Peart (story and lyrics) with Nick Robles (artist)

Owen has been aboard Commodore Pangloss’ airship for many days, learning how to fly  the vessel and about the wonders of the world. Owen discovers that there are alternate worlds out there, as he discovers a book written by an alternate version of his mother. Owen gets wanderlust, and leaves the ship to discover the cities of gold. He spends many months looking for the cities, and eventually finds them, however they are not what they appear. He returns to tell the adventures of his findings and tries to make it back to Crown City, but his steam liner is attacked by Wreckers, who take Owen hostage.

Another great issue of Clockwork Angels, where my synopsis does not do it justice! This story is filled with so much beauty and wonder, that sometimes I have to re-read some pages, just so I don’t miss anything. I’m really enjoying the adventures of Owen and I can’t wait to see how all of this ends. A great story, set in a very interesting world with beautiful art, what’s not to love?

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Review: Clockwork Angels #4

Clockwork Angels #4Title: Clockwork Angels #4

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Kevin J. Anderson (writer) and Neil Peart (story and lyrics) with Nick Robles (artist)

Owen is on the run from the Crown City authorities, as they think HE’S the Anarchist. Owen escapes the law and finds himself on a steam-liner to Poseidon City, a wonderful, but tricky city on Atlantis. Once there, Owen finds himself robbed and must trick and steal to keep alive in the city. When he tries to pick-pocket the wrong person, he’s discovered and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, his target, an airship captain, has taken a liking to him and keeps Owen on as an extra hand and takes the young man on a journey.

Another great issue of Clockwork Angels! The story and art, as always, is amazing. Once again, my synopsis does not do the issue justice…this is one of those comics that needs to be read. I really like this world that Owen lives in and can’t wait to see more. I wonder if could get a sourcebook/artbook from this series?

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Review: Clockwork Angels #3

Clockwork Angels 03Title: Clockwork Angels #3

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Kevin J Anderson (writer) and Neil Peart (story and lyrics) with Nick Robles (artist)

After getting chased out of Crown City, Owen finds himself in the traveling circus, where he befriends Tomio, an alchemist and swordsmen. Joining the circus, Owen continues his fascination with the lovely Francesca. Learning that he’s never seen the Clockwork Angels, Francesca gets tickets and takes Owen to finally see these beautiful creations. After spending months with the circus, Owen has become a carney and acquired a new family. When Owen’s attempt to win the heart of Francesca fails, he leaves the circus only to find the Anarchist. Owen learns that the Anarchist is actually the former apprentice of Tomio. When Owen discovers that the Anarchist is going to attack the circus, because they’re putting on a performance for the Watchmaker, he tries to stop him, but accidentally gets a accused of setting the explosive and being the Anarchist!

Once again, my synopsis of this issue doesn’t really do it justice, as this is one of those few comics where so much goes on, whether in the main story or in the background, that, if this mini-series sounds interesting to you, you must read for yourself to understand. The story and art in this book are both great. I can’t wait to find out what is really going on with the Watchmaker and the Anarchist and what role Owen plays in all of this. I may have said this before, but this series has a very interesting world, so much so that it rivals that of Bioshock’s Rapture or Columbia!

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Review: Clockwork Angels #1 and #2

Clockwork Angels 01Clockwork Angels 02Title: Clockwork Angels #1 and #2

Publisher: Boom Studios

Cost: $3.99 each

Storytellers: Kevin J Anderson (writer) and  Neil Peart (story and lyrics) with Nick Robles (artist)

Owen Hardy, as an old man, is remembering his life, as he writes it all down in his journal. Owen is from Barrel Arbor and is the son of a apple farmer. Owen tires of his nice, but boring life and wishes to travel to the big city and see the Clockwork Angels. After getting stood up by his love, Owen decides to tempt fate, and the Watchmaker’s plans, and hopes aboard a steamliner bound for Crown City, home of the Watchmaker. While on board the sthttp://quartermachineblues.wordpress.com/eamliner, Owen meets an odd individual, who has no love for Crown City or the Watchmaker. In the end, Owen makes it to Crown City, however the Watchmaker is aware of Owen and has taken an interest in the young man.

In the second issue, we see Crown City and its inhabitants and learn the subtle nuisances that make up the world of the Watchmaker. We also learn that the individual that Owen met on the steamliner is actually the Anarchist, the man responsible for attacking Crown City and disrupting the Watchmaker’s order. While experiencing the city, Owen cannot seem to find a ticket to see the Clockwork Angels, but stumbles upon a circus and meets a lovely young lady, named Francesca. When the circus gets shutdown by the Watchmaker, Owen wanders the city some more, but without any money or a place to stay, he gets accused of some Anarchist graffiti. Owen is able to escape the law, and finds himself once again at the circus.

OK, I’m doing a VERY horrible job of recapping these issues, only because so much goes on in the dialogue, backgrounds and the art, that you have to read this to understand everything. Before I get too far into this review, I should let you know that this mini-series is based on a book, which is based on an album of the same name by the band Rush. Now, I’m not a fan of Rush at allbut my friend LadyB is a huge fan of the band, and even got me to go with her and her boyfriend to one of their concerts, which I do believe was their Clockwork Angels Tour. I picked these issue up for her and decided to read them, so I could review them. Boy am I glad that I did. So far, this series is amazing! The world of the Watchmaker is fantastic and feels like Bioshock meets Stardust! Everything that happens in these issue is there for a reason, if not only to elaborate more on the world and I’m sure setting up for future issues. If you have in interest in Rush, light steampunk, alternate worlds and alchemical fantasy, then this is the series for you. A great concept imagined in an interesting world with a good story and beautiful art, what’s not to like!

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