Graphic Novel Goodness: The Clockwork Girl & The God Machine

June 15, 2013 Book Review, Comics 18 ★★★★

Welcome to the weekend feature that stars Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga!

The God Machine

Guy Salvatore can’t get a break. After his girlfriend Sith died, he can’t seem to go through a morning without monsters coming out of the bathroom mirror, or being pressed at school with his friends’ concern over his well-being. All Guy wants is to be left alone. One night after a bad dream, Guy seeks solace in the graveyard by Sith’s tombstone, and is confronted by an odd bunch of characters that will change his life forever with the promise that Sith might be alive Meanwhile, a beautiful Goddess known as Good God has lost the key to heaven. She needs the help of her fellow compatriot, Evil God, to search for it down on Earth. But what starts off as a minor chore becomes more when Guy catches them in the graveyard, especially since Gods are supposed to be invisible to mortals…

My Thoughts:
This was a beautifully illustrated graphic novel!  Heck I bought it just because I wanted to have unlimited time to oogle all the pretty pictures.  The story was much weaker than I thought it would be.  I seriously felt the lack of any real connection between Guy (the main character) and his girlfriend.  There just wasn’t enough MEAT story to pair with the beautiful illustrations. It was was slow going, plodding and then picks up a bit but still had a huge lack in storyline which isn’t worth mentioning because you get everything you are pretty much going to get from the blurb.  Also lets say I was very upset when I reached the end of this hardcover edition.  I didn’t realize that the whole story wasn’t even in there when I bought this! (A whopping $20 folks) And now it’s been about 2 years since this was originally released and still no continuation? No completion of the story? Come ON now! Usually I buy graphic novels that are a complete edition – or ones I know have another volume coming out – with this one – I thought this WAS the complete thing, no such luck.  When buying this one I didn’t get the indication that it was a “to be continued”.  I don’t like skipping to the end of the graphic book to check for such a thing but gosh perhaps I might have to next time.

Art – 5 stars – Gorgeous, its saving grace really.
Story – 2 stars
Overall – 3 stars  Essentially – I liked it, but I kind of regret buying it because I don’t think there is going to be a next volume as it was released in 2010.

The Clockwork girl

Having sold more than 300,000 copies in a series of five comic books, The Clockwork Girl is now a luscious graphic novel. It’s a tale unlike any other, a journey into a faraway land where the Clockwork Girl lives—a ticking robot girl with mechanical limbs and a voice of her own.

Against all odds, she finds companionship in Huxley, the amazing mutant circus boy who risks his life to be with her. Together they tackle questions like what man can feel that a machine or mutant can’t, what loneliness is, and what love is.

But can a robot girl feel true love? Will this futuristic Romeo and Juliet survive the threats of their warring families?

My Thoughts:
This was the story of the Clockwork Girl and the Monster boy…they are both so sweet and different and yet so much alike! I found them both endearing and it was almost a simplistic star crossed love, but it didn’t quite go completely over into the ‘love’ category if you know what I mean? It was just innocent love, the stuff of say ten year olds.

The story was simple the illustrations adorable! Supposedly according to the introduction there will be a film in the future. There is a short two minute film out there somewhere also. I’m going on the hunt to find it.

It was pretty short – I really think it could have been beefed up with more pages to flesh out the story and character connections more. I don’t think you get enough pages for the amount you pay but I am still glad to have it.

Only took about 15 minutes total to get through the whole thing and to oogle all the very pretty pictures. I love robots!

Art – 5 stars
Story– 3.5 stars
Overall – 4 stars – It would get a 5 if it weren’t for how short it was and the price. I need more!!


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18 Responses to “Graphic Novel Goodness: The Clockwork Girl & The God Machine”

  1. Ratri Anugrah

    Hmm.. I’ve never read any graphic novel before. That’s what I’m afraid of, beautiful pictures but bad story. I like tintin, but I don’t think it can be considered as graphic novel.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Oh no they are great! You just have to know going in you aren’t going to get as fleshed out of a story and its like reading a cartoon. Most I’ve read are AWESOME!

  2. [email protected] Jessy's Bookends

    Love the cover and the synopsis. It is great to see how graphic novels are getting more and more popular. I have a graphic novel feature at my blog called graphic Saturday and sugar and snark features comic too. Comics are getting bigger in the book blogging, which is great.

    Great recommendations as always.

    [email protected] Jessy’s Bookends

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thanks Jessy! We should all definitely link them up! I’ve always been a huge lover of cartoon, anime and graphic novels. When I went to BEA I realized I should probably put up reviews of them more often as well, they deserve attention! So I’ll be doing it every weekend also!

  3. [email protected]

    Haha, perfect timing! I’m currently reading a comic for the first time in a looong, long time and I’m quite liking it. I’m going to add The clockwork girl to my wish list. The god machine looks gorgeous, but I don’t like open endings.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      My favorite is Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. it’s so dark and creepy but funny to! I would recommend that depending on if you like dark humor.

  4. Christina K.

    Too bad you didn’t like the couple – and that you’re still waiting for a continuation!!

    Lovely review:)

  5. Kevin Hanna

    More Clockwork Girl you say?

    How about a movie?

    it’s here:

    – Kevin Hanna
    co-creator Clockwork Girl graphic novel
    director of Clockwork Girl Movie

    PS thanks for the review!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      #SWOONS! You are SO awesome! Thank you SO much for linking the video! I LOVED it. The credit at the end said 2010 – so where is the movie already I’m dying! The animation looks so gorgeous – I’m so excited!. Glad you stumbled upon my review!

  6. Chandra Free

    Hello Tabitha!

    I’m very happy you loved the illustrations of The God Machine, but I am sorry you didn’t like the story.

    I wanted to let you know that the next volume *is* being currently worked on. I had no intention of stopping, though life got in the way (divorce, moving, etc). I’ve been working hard to make the story better for the 2nd volume and also plans on re-releasing the 1st book with more content and adjustments to the story itself.

    When the time comes, I would hope you give the 2nd volume a chance. I can always pass a reviewer’s copy your way.

    Thank you for taking the time to review my book, even if unfavorable in respects. I’m always open to hearing good criticism. If you have any more concerns, please let me know!

    Thank you,

    Chandra Free

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thank you so much for the marvelous comment. I appreciate how nice you were about my review. I’m excited to know there will be another volume, as I really was hoping for more once I finished the first one. I would definitely be interested in the reviewer copy. Good luck with the re-release also!