Boston Metaphysical Society #1-6: Victorian Ghost Busting

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Boston TitleBoston Metaphysical Society #1-6: Victorian Ghost Busting

Story By: Madelien Holly-Rosing

Art By: Emily Hu

Release Date: Out now

The internet has allowed the bubbling undercurrent of creativity percolate to the top. Creators are now able to bypass the red tape that inhibits independent publishers. Niche genres that wouldn’t normally be picked up by huge studios like Marvel or DC Comics, can now self publish. We now have the freedom to read whatever we choose, whenever.

Steampunk is the definition of niche genres. There is something special that brings a lot of cosplayers, writers, and artist together. Are you an enthusiast? Then you might want to check out The Boston Metaphysical Society, created by a true fan Madeleine Holly-Rosing. She has dedicated herself to writing, and her tenacity shows in her 6 part comic series.

The Boston Metaphysical Society follows Victorian ghost buster Samuel Hunter on the streets of Boston. On his adventures he comes across the B.E.T.H. (Bell, Edison, Tesla, and Houdini.) A society that combines the greatest minds of the 19th century. Here we have the clashing of material versus the immaterial.

Page 1 Madeleine’s story ramps up after every issue. The first issue starts off with the world building; she doesn’t go into tedious depths and bore the reader. Rosing keeps a fast pace throughout the books. Madeleine also doesn’t pull an punches when it comes to race and gender in her book. Her style can be very blunt with taboo issues. She seems to be at home in the realm of the macabre. Madeleine keeps it dark throughout the six parts of the stories, but she manages to keep it light from time to time. Her version of Thomas Edison is funny. Mind you, these are fictitious renditions of real people, but Edison here feels like a parody. My favorite take on a real person in the book has to be Nikola Tesla. Today Tesla has been mystified due to movies like The Prestige. But I gotta hand it to Madeleine, her’s is the most original I’ve seen.

Artist Emily Hu evolves every issue. It’s always a pleasure to see artist grow after every issue. If look at her Deviant Art gallery you can see that she really talented. Drawing for comics is very taxing a lot of times a thankless job. Hu has put in a lot of work and it shows. Emily and Madeleine make a great team. Emily does certain panels where the point of view zooms in on an expression of astonishment. I found myself taken back by how well done this is. Emily has a gift on how to set up scenes.

One of my favorite parts of this book is at the end of every issue, you see the creators talk about errors in the books. The admission of said errors really made this book feel real to me. It added to the whole feel of the series. If you’re an aspiring comic creator you should definitely check out this book. I certainly hope these two continue to work together. Putting yourself out there takes a lot of guts! The Boston Metaphysical Society is worth the buy, warts and all.

 

Boston Metaphysical Society #1-6
  • 7/10
    Story - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Art - 7/10
7/10

The Verdict

One of my favorite parts of this book is at the end of every issue, you see the creators talk about errors in the books. The admission of said errors really made this book feel real to me. It added to the whole feel of the series. If your an aspiring comic creator you should definitely check out this book. I certainly hope these two continue to work together. Putting yourself out there takes a lot of guts! The Boston Metaphysical Society is worth the buy, worts and all.

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