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This is a new hardcover version of the omnibus edition of the first three volumes of Girl Genius, which was published on February 28, 2012.
The previous Girl Genius omnibus was in black and white and was only available as an 8 by 6 inch paperback. The new hardcover omnibus is in full color and is considerably larger, at 10.3 x 6.7 inches.
The color omnibus is broken up into three sections that correspond to the three volumes that make it up:
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg Clank
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Airship City
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Monster Engine
These sections are referred to as chapters in the color omnibus edition. This volume does not have the extra material that is included in the first three studio collections: the short story "Agatha Heterodyne and the Electric Coffin", included in Beetleburg Clank and "Trelawney Thorpe, Spark of the Realm in: The Crown of the Sleeping King" in Airship City.
This volume starts out with Professor Phil Foglio telling Agatha Heterodyne's story and takes her from her days as a student at Transylvania Polygnostic University, starting on the day when she experiences a strange manifestation and then is mugged, through her capture by Baron Klaus Wulfenbach up to her escape from Castle Wulfenbach. During this time her heritage as both a Spark and a Heterodyne is revealed.
This part of Agatha's history, packaged as a single volume instead of three, makes a satisfying whole. Agatha goes from being a young woman with no confidence in herself and no idea of her importance in world affairs to a confident person determined to take control of her own destiny.