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Aetheric Mechanics


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Warren Ellis & Gianluca Pagliarani

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Page 45 Review by Stephen

A 44-page comic with no more than five separate scenes, but what five scenes they are!

With his crisp, intricate art, Gianluca Pagliarani's has nailed each environment asked of him from the Royal Hospital Chelsea to high above the Thames, down in the old brick terraces and inside a meticulously appointed English drawing room with its ornate tables, chairs and bookcases on a period carpet.

The period being 1907, as Captain Doctor Robert Watcham demobilises after barely surviving a stint across the Channel on the warfront in Ruritania with its monstrous, humanoid war engines, and returns to his digs in a house shared with a certain Sax Raker, gentleman detective and loquacious stickler for detail. He's ruminating on his current case of The Man Who Wasn't There, a man seen by scientists flickering in and out of vision like a faulty transmission as he murders an expert in Aetheric Mechanics. But who is The Man Who Wasn't There? And why do those chasing him seem strangely familiar?

Concise and clever, it's a cool little number with a very different voice for Ellis as he affects an upper crust Queen's English so convincing you'll be hearing it in your head.

With additional WWI connotations, this is another slice of steampunk to set alongside Ellis' CAPTAIN SWING, or indeed the lush, album-sized CASTLE IN THE STARS VOL 1 by Alex Alice which also involves that fabled fifth Greek element, aether.

Our second image here isn't included (a similar shot "taken" 10 minutes later is, instead) but I thought you'd like to see it.
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