With the 6th instalment to the ongoing City Hall saga we continue to regret that these manga are only available in French, as they are without a doubt one of the best things around when it comes to steampunk graphics, and it should be available in other languages to reach more steampunks all over the globe! (Seriously Ankama, get it translated and distributed in other languages already!).
Even though the series is written in French, you only need pretty basic (nearing intermediate rather than the barest basics) knowledge of the language and French contemporary slang to be able to understand what’s going on, which makes it rather a bit more accessible to those that have a different language as their mother tongue.
Every issue, or tomes as they are called by the creators, has been better than the one before, and the story continues to unfold via masterful storytelling and fantastic art.
Tome 6 once again presents a genius mix between history, literary elements, fiction and even sneaking in the odd reference to today’s political culture and issues in the west. The last are very subtle though.
Without giving away too much of this tome (no spoilers here!), the story picks up where it left off in tome 5, with old foes and new heroes fighting for the greater good and to either make sure, or attempt to stop, our trio of heroes, Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle and Amelia Earhart from achieving their goals. Most characters may be existing authors from the past, but they continue to be portrayed in unique and original ways. The characters also continue to develop and with every issue a little more about their personality and or back story, or their abilities, is revealed, which only contributes to making this series as brilliant and fresh as it is and has been from the very start.
And as always, there are plenty of little extras inside the manga, such as some fun features, a cover underneath the flap and the pages pre-prepared in case you get the chance to ask the creators for an autograph, all little things that just make an already fantastic series even more awesome.
A definite recommendation, just like all the City Hall tomes, to everyone that loves steampunk and can read French.