As Giselle settles into her new life, complete with battle lines being drawn between her and the upper class apprentices, another set of battle lines are being drawn that threaten to forever change her relationship with Genevieve.
Genevieve’s shock at seeing Giselle picked to become a new Royal Apprentice is taking quite a toll on her. At the palace, Giselle meets a friend in the short and stout Ondine who plans to teach our heroine how to rise above the taunts of the rich girls picking on her. Thanks to a nice new dress and some pretty makeup, Giselle captures the eye of the dashing Gerard. Thanks to her admitting that she also taught herself the Noble Arts, Genevieve catches the eye of a revolutionary looking to lead the peasants against the upper class and turn the system upside down. What neither side is aware of is that the magic is quickly running out and soon, the whole world will feel the effects!
This book continues to be the most fun of the Crossgen titles that Marvel’s produced. G. Willow Wilson continues to play with that old Disney style of storytelling by using class and petty snark to make the reader care about our heroines. There’s a nice parallel between what’s going on in Hyperion and what Victorian era London would have been like. The rich control all that makes the world work, and the poor do all the work to elevate the upper class. In some ways, we’re feeling that very same thing in today’s culture. Either way, instead of money being the object of both sides’ desire, it’s aether – the very thing that makes the Noble Arts work. It’s a nice, pleasurable read, and it’s hard to nitpick on that.
On the art side, David Lopez’s pencils are nice and smooth and pretty to look at. Coupled with Alvaro Lopez on inks and Nathan Fairbairn’s right, bright colors, the series might be the best looking of the bunch as well. Of course if the Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts cover doesn’t at least catch your eye on the rack, you might not be looking in the right places because leave it to them to give you a gorgeous cover.
Ultimately, I still think the people who would get the most enjoyment out of this series are younger readers, and especially, younger, female readers. While it might appeal to girls slightly more, there’s enough base-simple ideas explored in this series to bring enjoyment to a wide array of readers.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Nice, clean art full of a lot of pretty things to look at. Very fun story to read and lighthearted without ignoring the heavier context.||Not really much from me, but boys, just understand that this might appeal to your sister more than you.|