Friday, September 12, 2014

Steam Wars

Steam Wars, by Fred Perry: A Penny Dreadful Review

As I hope you know, Gearhearts is not the only Steampunk title from Antarctic Press. Here are my thoughts on Steam Wars, a delightful title from mastermind Fred Perry: I love this thing!
If you have ever wondered what a TIE fighter would look like as a dirigible, you need this comic. It is a fantastic mash up of Star Wars and Steampunk.  One immediately recognizes the opening scene as the start of A New Hope, yet it takes its own direction almost at once, traveling a peculiar parallel to the story of a particular space opera. It is full of clever references and groan-worthy puns, ie: Captain Hansel Lowe, the rogue who makes a habit of rescuing the princess, er, duchess. His companion and copilot is a large, hairy bear named Smokey. Yes, it is quite silly. Yet in classic Fred Perry style, serious and ridiculous share the same panel. On one hand, there is an engineer who is a bear, and on the other, there is an evil Quantum Dragoon who can make heads explode.  It has more of an edge than a pure parody, and I like that.  Steam Wars is quite well-balanced, and a great deal of fun.
I give Steam Wars five gears out of five.  It strikes a perfect balance of originality and homage to the source material. If you like Star Wars and Steampunk, if you’ve ever seen Steampunk Boba Fett and thought, “How cool,” you need to read this comic. I hope to see someone cosplaying a Quantum Dragoon at the next convention I attend with Antarctic Press.

Your Correspondent From The Bookstore,
Penny J. Merriweather