I love steampunk. The clanking gears, the steam, the aether, the robots, I love it all. I particularly love when there are awesome cameos, because steampunk tends to be rife with great ones. Historical figures, all taking their bows, whether they’re hanging out with vampire society, as in Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate/Etiquette and Espionage series (Parasol Protectorate is available in manga, too!), or Abraham Lincoln is handing out orders to The Amazing Screw-On Head to track down some crazy occultists.
Boston Metaphysical Society is a steampunk story that has a little of everything – we’ve got a Pinkerton man named Samuel Hunter, Caitlin O’Sullivan, a nice Irish girl who can talk to the dead, and a secret society named BETH, co-founded by none other than Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and Harry Houdini (BETH comes from the initials of their last names). It takes place in Boston, 1895, and the scientists – who, naturally have their own separate agendas – have to work with Hunter and Caitlin to solve a series of murders.
The story and the art drew me in right away – writer Madeleine Holly-Rosing has written for television and film, and she knows how to pace dialogue and narrative, keeping me interested. I enjoy Emily Hu’s art; she’s got a good eye for Victoriana with a steampunk twist and she can communicate movement and action really well.
Boston Metaphysical updates once a week, and they are currently in the middle of a successful Kickstarter to print their third and fourth chapters. They have a store on their website, where you can buy chapters 1 and 2, along with novellas that expand the world of the comic. Go on over and check out the site – the comic’s free, you’ve got nothing to lose and an interesting story to gain. I give it 4 out of 5 dirigibles.