Inventive is the first word I have to use when talking about the steam-punk, supernatural adventure tale, Boston Metaphysical Society #1. First because the book includes the characters of many of our favorite steam-punk-era inventors: Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and of course Nicola Tesla with Harry Houdini to add a little spice. But the book is also inventive because it works real hard to be, not just another steam-punk story.
Yeah, don’t get me wrong, Boston Metaphysical Society does have many of the classic elements of steam-punk. It has the inventors, the inventions, and the fun metaphysical creepiness. But what makes this issue really good is that all of this only becomes window dressing to good writing from Madeleine Holly-Rosing in the form of a fun but sad introduction that spins right into a smart setup for both adventure and potentially well-crafted romance. And I can’t say enough about the foreboding sense of potential tragedy that I felt when reading this book – what a great aura for a book with metaphysical in its title.
Aside from the writing, the art from Emily Hu and colorists Gloria Caeli and Fahariza Kamaputra is excellent, mood-setting and easily competitive for any of the mainstream comics on the shelves tonight. The art team of Boston Metaphysical Society does an excellent job through color and texture to both set up the feeling of Steam-punk and also make each page feel contained and whole. I look forward to seeing if the creators behind Boston Metaphysical Society can maintain the excellent execution so far but also deliver a smart and fulfilling conclusion to the sense of tragedy that I’ve darkly-enjoyed so far.