A Review of the Third Issue of Suffrajitsu: a Steampunk Feminist Perspective

I truly enjoyed the third issue of Suffrajitsu: Mrs Pankhurst’s Amazons, written by Tony Wolf, illustrated by Joao Vieira, coloured by Josan Gonzales, and published by Jet City Comics. The storyline was exciting, the art was glorious, and the colours were vivid and striking. However, I did find the completion of the various storylines too rushed for my liking, after the build-up of the first two issues. The third issue might have been better expanded into two issues.

Mysterium (5)

Airships and organ pipes: a scene to warm the cockles of any Steampunk enthusiast’s heart.

As always, the plot is full of actual historical details given a Steampunk ‘spin’, be that spin via the aesthetic of the visual images or twists in the plot text. The historical details in no way slow the action in this issue. There was plenty of action; indeed, I would have liked to have seen a greater balance between the action scenes and the storytelling.

None of action and violence was gratuitous as it all moved the plot along. This meant the plot was somewhat ‘breathless’ with the speed at which events were occurring. There were at least two times in the plot I would have like to have seen greater plot development: in discoveries in the castle laboratory and at the Mysterium event in the Swiss forest. The restrictions of length probably explain why these scenes are too abrupt – which is another reason why I think this issue might have been better served broken into two issues.

So, you wanted a little more action?

So, you wanted a little more action?

I found the ending unsatisfactory, but only because I want very much to learn more about these characters and their adventures. I’m not handing out any spoilers when I tell you that the British suffragettes disbanded for the advent of WWI, so as to throw their support behind the war effort. Suffragettes were patriots first and foremost. But it isn’t hard to guess that Persi and the  Amazons would return to the Suffragette Movement after the war was won.

I would recommend the Suffrajitsu graphic novel trilogy to Steampunk enthusiasts, people interested in the Suffragette movement, and people who just enjoy a good graphic novel. These issues are a superior narrative with extraordinary good artwork. I wouldn’t be surprised if they turned out to be considered cult classics in a few years.

Kindle Worlds  has four prose stories expanding the world of the Suffrajitsu Amazons: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=suffrajitsu+book&rh=n%3A133140011%2Ck%3Asuffrajitsu+book
There’s also an open offer for other writers who’d like to create their own stories set in that world:  http://suffrajitsu.com/your-chance-to-write-suffrajitsu-stories/

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