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Five Fists of Science

By Matt Fraction and Steven Sanders

Publisher: Image Comics

Format: Softcover, 6.75 x 10.25, full color, $12.99

Dewey: 741.5 FRA or FIC FRA

Subjects: Comics and comic books, etc.

ISBN: 978-1-58240-605-3

Reviewed by: Library Journal

It's good guys Mark Twain, Nikola Tesla, and Baroness Bertha von Suttner against bad guys John Pierpont Morgan, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi, and Andrew Carnegie: two unlikely alliances duking it out in an outlandish steampunk romp of science versus the Dark Arts. Our heroes want to end war forever by selling giant remote-controlled automatons to every nation, which would level  the playing field and make war a mere contest of machines. When world leaders profess disinterest, Twain pulls out Plan B: scare the bejeezus out of everybody by setting up the automaton to destroy a cleverly faked monster. But the villain team has real evil up their sleeves can science win the day? Suggesting a techno-heavy yet simpler counterpart to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Fists verges into different territory with teams of reenvisioned real characters and a different palette of events, mood, and ambiance. The subdued color art lends an appropriate period feel, and introductory notes give historical details about the real-life characters. By turns gleefully funny and creepy, it's a perfect, fun read for science and history wonks from high school up.

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