It took a while, but end October of last year, it was finally released (yes yes, we’re a few months late with this, but when we have to buy our own copies we can’t guarantee timely reviews [or reviews appearing full stop], we’re sadly not rich and thus can’t afford to buy all the steampunk or dieselpunk publications out there): the fourth instalment in the ongoing City Hall storyline of the French steampunk manga series created by Rémi Guerin and Guillaume Lapeyre.
In the second season we revisit our heroes, Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle and Amelia Earhart, who are still trying to find out just who or what the illusive Lord Blackfowl is, and who else is behind his dastardly schemes of destruction that have plagued the city of London. Only this time events force the dynamic trio to move their investigations to Paris, the capital of France, which isn’t quite the Paris we know, via new and exciting means of transportation.
City Hall continues to be an exciting tale, combining masterful storytelling and artwork with all the best of steampunk: charismatic villains, secrets, brave and clever heroes and all kinds of mad science and inventions. It’s always a pleasure to read this storyline and watch the events unfold via the drawings that accompany the tale, and time and time again, City Hall keeps on surprising, in a good way.
And for those that can’t read French there is good news, of course those that read the interview with the creators already know, but City Hall is being translated to English, so soon our Anglo-Saxon friends will be able to enjoy it just like those that understand (basic) French already can! But to be fair, even if I didn’t understand French, I’d still buy this for the art and figure it out because this is one of the best things in steampunk graphic novels and assorted out there at the moment.