The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY from Brass-T Publishing. Madeleine Holly-Rosing writes, Emily Hu draws, Gloria Caeli and Fahriza Kamaputra color, and Troy Peteri and Shawn Aldridge letter.
Samuel Hunter is a private investigator, but lately his pursuits have turned to the supernatural. He is assisted by Granville Woods, a brilliant scientist/inventor (and a black man in 1895), and Caitlin O’Sullivan, the daughter of his former photographer (and a talented medium). While Samuel is hunting a killer, he meets a group of famous inventors who work in secret to discover how to manipulate the supernatural.
There are so many interesting layers in this story that it would be difficult to list them all here (even if I wanted to spoil the story, which I don’t). Samuel has some serious baggage in his quest to find “the Shifter,” as do many of the other characters. The depth it all adds to the story works wonderfully, so much so that it’s sometimes hard to remember who the villain really is. And the art is a delightful blend of slightly drab Victorian Boston and explosive steampunk super-science.
This title is a veteran of several successful Kickstarter campaigns (its creator has also published a crowdfunding guidebook). Here we’re looking specifically at the collected story as a whole (the trade). The story is deep and rich, and the “science” is very cool both in concept and to see in the art. It’s a world that I hope to see more stories set in (and with a new Kickstarter promised in February 2018, we don’t have long to wait).
~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )