|Written By:||Phil & Kaja Foglio|
|Published By:||Studio Foglio|
Girl Genius is an ongoing comic book series turned webcomic, written and drawn by Phil and Kaja Foglio and published by their company, Studio Foglio.
Girl Genius has the tagline of "Adventure, Romance, MAD SCIENCE!". It features a female lead character in an alternate-history Victorian-style "steampunk" setting, although elements veer from what is usually thought of as steampunk. Kaja Foglio, one of the co-creators of Girl Genius, describes it as gaslamp fantasy instead to suggest its more fantastic style.
Girl Genius presents an alternate history where the Industrial Revolution has escalated into an all-out war due to the battles between "Sparks" – highly charismatic mad scientists with supernormal abilities in one or more sciences. Many advances in the fields of biology and genetics made in this version of Earth were made much sooner than they have been in ours.
The main character, Agatha Heterodyne, at first seems to be nothing more than a struggling student at Transylvania Polygnostic University, but when Baron Klaus Wulfenbach and his son come to investigate irregularities at the university, a seemingly unrelated sequence of events leads to Agatha awakening to her family's genetic inheritance and their secrets. The people she meets as she flees the Baron will either help her or try to use her, but in the Wastelands of devastated Europa, trust can be hard to win.
For the full details see the Girl Genius Wikia. It is so vast that a short article such as this one cannot do it justice.