A weekend light reading review. Why? Because sometimes Pastors also need a break from heavy reading.
Frank J Barbiere. The Precinct: A Steampunk Adventure. Runnemede, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, September 27th, 2016. 120 pp.
This graphic novel was a fun read that is “steampunk” in its style; by steampunk I mean that it has a Victorian era fashion but somewhat futuristic fantasy world with many things powered by steam. The story line was entertaining and the imagination of another world in its illustration was rather cool. I was left desiring to read more steampunk graphic novel like this one.
In this particular graphic novel the main protagonist is Mortimer Hill, a member of the “Precinct” which is a law enforcement institution of this particular society. Mortimer is something of a legendary detective and he is tasked with a case to investigate a murder that later grew into a bigger plot of forces trying to dominate society with its power. Mortimer is accompanied with an unlikely partner, a lady name Josephine Winters who is a representative from the enigmatic Alchemy Academy. The two are quite opposites of each other but as the story develops we see their affinity for one another and they are likeminded in some ways.
I don’t want to reveal too much information from this review but I thought this story stood out to me as a Christian pastor. The Alchemy Academy was in some ways an analogy of religion, in which its ways are often misunderstood by the larger part of society who reminds us that we must approach the world in a more wholistic matter. The rest of the world outside the Alchemy Academy was very much powered by steam which I saw as representative of our culture’s infatuation with technology. In the story the Alchemy Academy has been around for a long time and is often viewed with suspicions by outsiders. The Alchemy Academy isn’t against steam power per se but only want the world to be in balance and they themselves are aware of other powers and energies. Of course all analogies break down somewhere but there’s definitely more to the story than just coincidences in my opinion. Again as I said earlier I don’t want to give away all the spoilers in this book but we definitely learn that not everyone involved with religion is using it for evil.
A fun read. I recommend it and give it a 4 out of 5.