Agnes Quill: An Anthlogy of Mystery

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Agnes Quill is the story of a teenage detective, the haunted city she lives in, the strange cases she solves and the ghosts who help, hinder or just plain annoy her. Set in Legerdemain - a congested, fog-filled, cobblestone-paved Victorian city built around a cemetery the size of Central Park - Agnes' adventures include confrontations with trapped spirits, cursed souls, possessed relatives, disappearing pets, decapitated scientists, ambitious zombies and a mess of other ...

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Overview

Agnes Quill is the story of a teenage detective, the haunted city she lives in, the strange cases she solves and the ghosts who help, hinder or just plain annoy her. Set in Legerdemain - a congested, fog-filled, cobblestone-paved Victorian city built around a cemetery the size of Central Park - Agnes' adventures include confrontations with trapped spirits, cursed souls, possessed relatives, disappearing pets, decapitated scientists, ambitious zombies and a mess of other supernatural oddities.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Agnes Quill is an odd girl. At the age of 16 she inherits not only her grandfather's estate but his unique ability to speak to the dead. Now all the ghosts in the gothic town of Legerdemain are finding their way to her door-some want a favor, some want revenge, some just want company or a little adventure. In this first anthology of Roman's Web comic, Agnes faces grave robbers, zombies, mad scientists and a few even more bizarre denizens of the underworld. Each story is illustrated by a different artist, giving the anthology a disjointed feel. Ho's craggy lines make the first story undeniably horror; Telgemeier's round and cartoony drawings are more YA. Each artist brings something different to Agnes, but through all of them she is an undeniably charming heroine. An appendix at the end of the anthology hints at a deeper mythology that Roman will hopefully have the chance to explore further in future collections. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA - Kelly Czarnecki
Agnes, teen detective, is an orphan. Her parents died from influenza when she was seven. When her grandfather dies under mysterious circumstances, she inherits the junk and clutter of his Curiosity Shop in the Victorian city of Legerdemain. While in this city that is new to her, Agnes's exploits are told through various styles of black-and-white drawings, alternating from childlike cartoonish characters to dark drawings, full of shadows, vivid expressions, and macabre ghosts and corpses. Agnes has a gift and a curse-she can communicate and interact with the dead, just like her grandfather. Dead people ask her for help to recover objects of worth such as paintings or jewelry, requiring her from time to time to break into a house or rob a dead body. Sometimes the objects are more meaningful, such as the lost doll that she reunites with its young owner. Her adventures are told by a group of people who call themselves the Data Analysis Keep, a community of scholars who have collected information on the citizens of Legerdemain and are interested in telling Agnes's story. Several pages of diary entries at the end of this book also give background to her beginnings. The variety of drawing styles and Agnes's story of being a teenage detective who can see the dead among the living combine in an interesting read that will most likely keep readers' attention. Recommended for first purchase, this book promises more of Agnes's adventures to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593620523
  • Publisher: SLG Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/18/2006
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,435,162
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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