Release Date: 18/09/13
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing
Steampunk Trails brings the world of steam and gadgets right to your fingertips. In this inaugural edition enter a world of machines with ill intent, hearts of gold, and evil. You will find assassins, unlikely heroes and people just trying to survive in a domain overrun by the establishment. Encounter places where mosquitoes are actually useful and airships dominate the skies. Presenting a special feature from Carrie Vaughn and illustrated stories by O. M. Grey, Quincy Allen, Henrik Ramsager, Lyn McConchie, Vivian Caethe, Sam Knight, Rhye Manhattan, Mike Cervantes and more.
A first time outing for a specialist magazine in the wonderful E World of Steampunk, and let me just say that whilst a little sceptical about the whole thing, found it to be a lot of fun wrapped up in one pretty solid volume. Within this cracking title are a whole host of stories for the Victoriana Steam fan, a couple of articles (one on Doggles and the other on Steampunk clothing) which when added to some fun art all round made this a solid first outing for hopefully many future issues.
Add to this a reasonable price for a lot of material and all round I was a pretty happy reader. On a personal level I did think one of the stories within was weaker than the rest however, for a first issue, it comes out packing one hell of a punch. Great stuff.