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Clockwork Sky, Volume One, The Paperback – 13 Oct 2012


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Praise for "Hollow Fields" "Rosca's smart-looking artwork is as good--if not better--than the artwork in many series, employing the visual tropes of shonen manga to tell a story that would resonate equally with Frances Hodgson Burnett and Hayao Miyazaki fans." "--Pop Culture Shock ""A rich fantasy of fertile imagination that will appeal to fans of "Harry Potter "and "Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events.""--ACTIVEANIME.COM

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MADELEINE ROSCA debuted as a manga creator in 2007 with her three-volume series "Hollow Fields," which won an award from Japan's foreign ministry for best international manga and was nominated for best graphic novel in the Aurealis Awards for Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Rosca was nominated for a best new talent award by Friends of Lulu. She lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania, with her husband and cat.

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Steam-powered Astroboy beneath the streets of Metropolis 7 Oct. 2012
By David Mankins - Published on Amazon.com
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Madeleine Rosca returns with another dramatic graphic work about a spunky young girl frustrated that Victorian mores leave her no outlet for her mechanical aptitude in a world of steam-powered robots.

This book appears to be something of a homage to Tezuka --- the robot character Sky has elements of Astroboy to him; the division between the wealthy and those thrown out of work by the sudden appearance of robots in the workforce seems reminiscent of Tezuka's own reimagining of Fritz Lang's work. The echoes are most pronounced in a few of the character designs.

This is not to diminish Rosca's work! This is her own story, and it promises to go in different directions from Tezuka, in ways that a contemporary reader is likely to appreciate.

Rosca's drawing style is charming and complex, with wonderful detail in the backgrounds. Her characters are delightful.

If you enjoy this, be sure to check out her earlier work, Hollow Fields Omnibus (Hollow Fields Omnibus Collection).
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Victorian mysteries abound 10 Dec. 2012
By J. Alford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Another steampunk tale from Madeleine Rosca, this follows the dark but meant for younger readers theme that her previous manga-styled series of Hollow Fields did. Clockwork Sky(no relation to the RPG)takes a new look on the Victorian Era in England, but without that pesky Sherlock shoving his ego into it.

Set in 1895 London, the celebrated scientist Erasmus Croach is the creator of a brand new line of mechanized substitutes of the ever-increasing rebellious lower class for the convenience of the snobby upper class twits. His first working model for the police forces is the steampunkish Astro Boy clone, Sky, that the police hope will help them solve the mystery of the city's missing children . Croach's is also "burdened" with having to take care of his inquisitive niece Sally, who is just as much of a genius that her uncle is. She rigs a motorized velocipede(19th Century motorcycle), and enrolls in special underground racing done in the sewers by vagabonds with not much to lose. Sky is sent after her, and causes her to crash into hidden chamber. There, the two of them discover a mound of childrens corpses which are being used for parts of Croach's automatons.

This isn't a bad manga, although I personally think it's a little too much trying to cash in on the whole steampunk phase that a lot of the American manga publishers seems to be going through lately. It's separate from what Rosca did in Hollow Fields which had a Tim Burton-meets-The Muppets feel, and this a Girl Genius taste to it. It would be helpful to expand more on Sally's background and how she instinctively knew how to put together her own working Victorian motorcycle from scratch. Anyway, it's more than likely to develop with further volumes, and possibly worth waiting for a collected edition.
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enjoyable steampunk fantasy 25 Sept. 2012
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1895 London, the Ember factory, owned and operated by Erasmus Croach, produces steampowered automatons. The technological change leads to mass firing of labor, which consequently turns to protests and riots. Scotland Yard's Captain Thorn deploys the police automaton Sky to end the civil unrest.

Croach's niece Sally Peppers flees from the Victorian ideal of upper class females marrying peers or those of a higher station. Concerned Croach sends Sky to bring home dead or alive though preferably breathing his obstinate relative. Meanwhile Thorn realizes working class children are disappearing while Sally and Sky team up into investigating whether her uncle's factory is cutting costs at the expense of safety since reports of rogue automatons owning the sewers beneath London. At the same time the youthful looking Sky dreams of a future.

The Clockwork Sky is an enjoyable steampunk fantasy starring two likeable heroes who respect one another while trying to prevent a calamity from occurring. The storyline is fast-paced though plots as expected while the B&W art enhances the tale. Although the dialogue lettering can be hard to read at times due to the font size, fans will enjoy mayhem and mad technology running amuck in Victorian London.

Harriet Klausner
Great art style 21 Sept. 2014
By Triscy - Published on Amazon.com
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Great art style, and while it's thin in pages and, thus, overall length, it holds up very well and progresses smoothly.

Characters are enjoyable and already show signs of solid, well-written personality and character development. Definitely recommend, especially for anybody interested in steampunk or related subgenres, or fans of Madeleine Rosca/Hollow Fields.
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Awesome! 27 Nov. 2012
By Katie Lashley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Such an awesome book form an amazing author! Hollow Fields was great. I simply can't wait for the next one!
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