The Clockwork Sky, Volume One by Madeleine Rosca
Release Date: 2012-09-04
From the award-winning creator of Hollow Fields comes the start of an all new, steampunk adventure trilogy!
London, 1895: Riots in the streets!
Erasmus Croach’s miraculous factory, Ember, has flooded London with steampowered automatons. The already suffering working class take to the streets to protest the jobs lost to these machines, and to quell the riot, Captain Thorn of Scotland Yard calls in Ember’s latest and greatest creation, the automatic police boy, Sky!
Meanwhile, Sally Peppers, Croach’s headstrong and brilliant niece, dreams of a life beyond manners and marriageability. When she escapes her overbearing governess on a motorized velocipede and joins a no-rules road rally through the slums, Croach sends Sky to bring her back, preferably alive.
Together, the impulsive Sally and the naive Sky crash headlong into a mystery involving rogue automatons prowling the sewers, children disappearing without a trace, and a dark secret so big it could overturn all of London. But the biggest mystery of all is why Sky is the first robot who can dream….
Clockwork sky is a Steampunk-esque manga from the mind of Madeleine Rosca. Taking place in London, the miraculous factory, Ember, now manufactures many of the technological steam powered machines used by London. A popular product would be the Steambots. The London’s police force has a steambot named Sky, who is equipped with more combat mechanisms than anything. The Owner of Ember, Erasmus Croach, has been asked by the police force to assist Sky in solving the mystery of the missing children from the slums. At the same time, Croach’s niece Sally Peppers escaped from captivity on a Velocipede to enter a race in the slums, what could possibly go wrong?
My Personal Rating: 9.5/10
-.5 : It is a bit short for a Manga Volume, though there are six chapters, the lack the saturation of content that I have come to expect from Graphic novels.