The fifth instalment 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. But 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 it’s way along steadily, and the new additions to the cast only enrich the story and add to ongoing plot.
This time the focus is a little less on familiar villains, instead it focusses more on events crucial to the continuation of the storyline and personal interaction between characters.
Once again, the only downside to City Hall its limited availability. It’s easy enough to come by in France or the French speaking side of Belgium, but by only releasing it in this language, a lot of lovers of steampunk literature/graphic stories are missing out. You only need pretty basic French to be able to read it, but you need to know your way around the language regardless. And admittedly the slang and colloquialisms can be terribly confusing if it’s not your native language.
I really hope that Ankama (the publisher) will finally get a move on and have this awesome series translated to English at the very least (and not just the first issue, but all of them) so more people can enjoy these franga, as they are definitely one of the best steampunk works out there at the moment, and the story keeps on getting better every single edition.