The title of this volume, The Beast of the Rails, was announced by Phil on Girl Genius Adventures in early February 2015.

The fourteenth volume of Girl Genius begins with…

The colors were done by Cheyenne Wright.

The first page of volume 1 of act 2 begins here: March 3, 2014 . While this volume is often referred to as the first volume of act 2 for short, it is officially the first book of The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne.


This volume has four pages of extras, providing a fairly extensive cast list with capsule descriptions of the characters along with definitions of some terms used in the story, at the beginning of the book. Presumably a cast list has been included in this volume, although it hasn't been present in previous ones, because this book is supposed to be a "great jumping-on point for new readers" (from the back cover of the print edition). The previous volumes (The First Journey of Agatha Heterodyne, books 1–13) did each have a summary of "The Story So Far" and a short, humorous capsule biography of the professors, which this volume omits.

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