Volume summary: Volume 9 of Act 2

The graphic novels in the canon currently consist of twenty-one complete volumes and one that is currently ongoing. Nineteen of these have been (or soon will be) published in printed form. The completed twentieth and twenty-first volumes, as well as the ongoing twenty-second volume, are available on the web for free, as are all of the previous volumes that also have print editions.

Starting with the fourteenth volume, the story has now entered Act 2 and the volume numbers have started over at one. Volumes in Act 2 will be identified in the chronology by the act number, a dash, and then the volume number; for example, Act 2, Volume 1 (overall volume number 14) will be identified as 2-1. Eventually, references in these chronologies to the volumes in the first part, Act 1, will be renumbered to match. While "Act 1" and "Act 2" were originally used by the Foglios to refer to the two parts of Girl Genius, eventually they settled on The First Journey of Agatha Heterodyne and The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne as the official names for the two sections.

The chronology pages describe the comics to assist scholars in finding the page on which something occurred. For each comic, the chronology pages identify the characters that appear, actions taken, significant quotes, and other things of interest. Section titles are from the canon unless otherwise noted.

For a partial timeline of the events in the comic, see Internal Chronology.

For more information on the double-page spreads in this volume, see double-page spreads in Girl Genius.

For more information on special pages in this volume, see the list of special pages, notes, and annotations.

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(!) sparking          <   in flashback
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First Page of VOLUME 22 (Act 2: BOOK NINE)[1][2][edit | edit source]

Location: Albia's airship approaching Big Rat Island

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2021-05-07 (Friday)
Vol.2-9 p. (001)
Forum:2021-05-07 (Friday)
Unidentified voice[3], Rakethorn (voice only)[4], Agatha (voice only)[5], Neena (voice only)[6]
The airship with Agatha and company aboard reaches its destination, a fairly small island, and begins its final descent, as someone announces they are preparing to land. The island's shoreline seems to be entirely made up of steep rocky cliffs and the top is flat and heavily forested, with a small lake (feeding a waterfall down to the ocean) and a few structures appearing among the trees. Some of the structures seem ruinous, but any ruins of the ancient temple complex they are looking for should be so old that they would have disappeared entirely by the present time. And, anyway, the ruins aren't on any of the maps!
(Shouted) "Hey everybody, we're preparing to land!"
Ancient Temple Complex (Great Ancient Civilization)
The next morning—
Caption, upper left corner of full-panel page.

Week Starting 2021-05-10 (Monday)[edit | edit source]

Location: Albia's airship approaching Big Rat Island.

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2021-05-10 (Monday)
Vol.2-9 p. (002)
Forum:2021-05-10 (Monday)
Agatha, Neena, Rakethorn, Bang, Krosp, Captain (Steelgarter's Agent)[7], Helmswoman, Lieutenant[8], Communications Officer, Soldier
Agatha: "Huh…even so—those ruins sure don't look like they were built yesterday."
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Bang: "Well, so, maybe all that was built yesterday, sort of. I mean, these guys have some kind of time thingie, right? Who knows what they could be getting up to?"
Gil, Paris, Some Kind of Time Thingie (Prende's Chronometric Lantern)
FUSES 51
On panel screwed onto bulkhead, panel 6[9]
HMA CRISP
On book (possibly ship's log), panel 6.
2021-05-12 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-9 p. (003)
Forum:2021-05-12 (Wednesday)
Captain (Steelgarter's Agent)[7], Krosp, Soldier, Lieutenant[8], Communications Officer, Chief Officer
Krosp: "Listen! The people we're looking for have a device that can stop time! We have to be careful! If we land normally, they can just stroll on board and kill everyone!"
Construct, People We're Looking For (Madwa Korel, Ariadne Steelgarter), A Device that Can Stop Time (Prende's Chronometric Lantern), HMS Audacious
FUSES 51
On panel screwed onto bulkhead, panels 1, 4, 5
HMA CRISP
On book (possibly ship's log), panel 3.
POW!
SFX, panel 6
2021-05-14 (Friday)
Vol.2-9 p. (004)
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Krosp, Captain (Steelgarter's Agent)[7], Bang, Helmswoman, Lieutenant[8]
Krosp: "You! You're with them, aren't you? With Madwa…and the Other's minions!"
Madwa (Madwa Korel), The Other, Agatha,
POW! (×3)
SFX, panel 2.
FUSES 51
On panel screwed onto bulkhead, panels 3.[10]
SMASH!
SFX, panel 3.
SLAM
SFX, panel 4.
BOOOM!
SFX, panel 5.

Week Starting 2021-05-17 (Monday)[edit | edit source]

Location: Albia's airship approaching Big Rat Island.

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2021-05-17 (Monday)
Vol.2-9 p. (005)
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Bang, Captain (Steelgarter's Agent)[7], Chief Officer, Medical Staff Member, Crew Member, Lieutenant[8], Krosp
Bang: "Hee! And I thought today would be dull!"
Krosp: "How many dull days do you have?"
Bang: "As few as possible!"
'Jacks (Balloonjacks[11]), The Island (Big Rat Island), Sparks, Weasel (Honker)
70A
On bulkhead, panel 5.
2021-05-19 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-9 p. (006)
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Bang, Rakethorn, Violetta, Agatha, Krosp, Neena, Zeetha
Agatha: "Well… Master Payne used to say: If you want people to believe what they see—show them what they want to believe."
The Americas, Smoke Knights, Master Payne
Soon—
Caption, upper left corner of panel 1.
MIND THE DROP
On panel attached to bulkhead, panel 3.
DO NOT SNOR[T]
On gas cylinder, panel 5.
2021-05-21 (Friday)
Vol.2-9 p. (007)
Forum:2021-05-21 (Friday)
Francisia Monahan, Ariadne Steelgarter, Madwa Korel
Your Agent (Captain (Steelgarter's Agent))[12], The Lantern (Prende's Chronometric Lantern)

Week Starting 2021-05-24 (Monday)[edit | edit source]

Location: Big Rat Island

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2021-05-24 (Monday)
Vol.2-9 p. (008)
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Francisia Monahan, Ariadne Steelgarter, Madwa Korel
As Steelgarter, Korel, and Monahan watch the airship from Albia's fleet carrying Agatha and company approach the island, it seemingly explodes.
Monahan: "Oh. How disappointing."
BOOOOM!
SFX on single panel page.
2021-05-26 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-9 p. (009)
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Agatha, Violetta, Many members of the staff and crew of the HMA Crisp, Krosp, Bear (Swartzwalder)
The explosion was real. The airship was deliberately scuttled, in spectacular fashion, as a distraction. With it still burning in the background, Agatha and company, along with the staff and crew of the HMA Crisp, descend to land or sea dangling from one-man emergency copters. Despite the fact that they are required to keep a very tight grip and hang from one arm, everyone seems to be taking things in stride. Everyone except for Krosp, that is! He is not at all happy, despite the fact that he gets to ride on the shoulders of one of his bears, who is hanging from two copters.
Violetta: "A nice big 'boom' and a blinding flash always does the trick!"
Zeetha, The Island (Big Rat Island)
2021-05-28 (Friday)
Vol.2-9 p. (010)
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Violetta, Rakethorn, Neena, A member of the staff or crew of the HMA Crisp, Zeetha, Bears (Swartzwalders), Krosp, Agatha, Honker
The members of the expedition who were heading towards the island have landed or are still landing, with Krosp and at least three of his bears about to touch down. Violetta and Rakethorn survey their surroundings, spotting some apparent ruins (along with a single lighted building), in the distance, which Rakethorn assumes is their target. As they discuss their next move, Agatha appears with an odd-looking, spidery clank she has just constructed.
Violetta: "I think we made it down unseen."
Rakethorn: "I assume if we'd been seen, we'd be dead."
Violetta: "Yeah. No pressure, eh?"

Week Starting 2021-05-31 (Monday)[edit | edit source]

Location: Big Rat Island

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2021-05-31 (Monday)
Vol.2-9 p. (011)
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Francisia Monahan, Ariadne Steelgarter, Madwa Korel
Monahan spots something dropping into the sea, alerting the group to the fact that there may be survivors from the airship explosion. Korel says she will patrol while the others go back to work. Only the cliffs will be patrolled; anyone landing directly on the island isn't expected to survive long. Monahan heads indoors, while Steelgarter stays behind for a moment to freak out about the rats.
Steelgarter (shouted): "Ugh, how I hate those horrible rats!"
They (Members of the staff and crew and passengers of the HMA Crisp)[13], Your Little Friends (Horrible Rats)
2021-06-02 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-9 p. (012)
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Agatha, Spidery Clank, Krosp, Violetta, Rakethorn, Neena
Agatha's newly constructed spidery clank attacks Rakethorn, who fends it off quite easily, while Agatha tries to make it behave. Violetta notices Krosp is uneasy and asks why. It turns out that Krosp smells something rotten in the state of Denmark on the island. Violetta thinks it smells like wet rotting socks, but Krosp says he smells rats…lots and lots of rats with something really wrong with them.
Violetta: "Something up?"
Krosp: "What do you smell?"
Violetta: "Smell? Hmm. Salt…ocean…heather…bit of ozone…rain, uh—rotting wet socks?"
Krosp: "Yeah. There must be millions of them."
Violetta: "Wet socks?"
Krosp: "Rats! But there's something…something really really wrong with them."
Rats (Horrible Rats)
Beep![14]
Boop![14]
Screee![14]
SFX, panel 1.
2021-06-04 (Friday)
Vol.2-9 p. (013)
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Rakethorn, Spidery Clank, Agatha, Thomas Crothers[15], Zeetha
Rakethorn releases the new clank, which immediately flushes out someone hiding nearby, a charming fellow dressed in ragged clothes and a Horrible Rat pelt. His panicked flight is cut short by Zeetha's calming and muscular right arm.
Rakethorn: "Oh, well. Quickest to just turn it loose and see what it wants."
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Zeetha: "Whoof! This guy smells like all the wet socks!"
Beep! (×2)[14]
SFX, panel 1
Fwee![14]
SFX, panel 3
Click— (×2)[14]
Bzort![14]
TINK (×2)
SFX, panel 4
Ding![14]
SFX, panel 5
BAF!
SFX, panel 7

Week Starting 2021-06-07 (Monday)[edit | edit source]

Location: Big Rat Island

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2021-06-07 (Monday)
Vol.2-9 p. (014)[16]
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Thomas Crothers[15], Agatha, Violetta, <Mysterious Gigantic Entity
A frantic Crothers says he is a castaway and begs Agatha to leave him alone. Then, finding out she's not one of the bad guys, he begs her to take him off the island. When Agatha tells him she can't, he grows even more upset, saying they will all be killed. Violetta quizzes him about how long he has been there. Crothers isn't sure; it's been years! He was on an expedition to the Americas in a British airship. The attempt failed and the airship was wrecked. He and ten others survived, drifting for days until encountering the island. As they climbed the cliffs, one airman fell. While the others made it to the top, Crothers climbed down to help the fallen man, but found he was dead. Just as he was about to start climbing up a rope thrown to him by his remaining comrades, they all started screaming. He hid and remained in hiding, even long after the screaming stopped.
Crothers (shouted): "I—I'm just a humble castaway! I swear! I'm not here to disturb your nefarious plans!"
Agatha: "We just got here. We're not with them."
Crothers: "You're not? Then you've got to leave! Quickly! And take me with you!"
Agatha: "Ah. Leaving isn't really an option…"
Crothers: "Nooo! You've got to! I've been able to hide, but there's too many of you! They'll kill us all!"
We (Agatha and company), Them (Francisia Monahan, Ariadne Steelgarter, Madwa Korel), HMA Esther de Groot, The Americas, Here (Big Rat Island), Young Eddie[17]
[ESTHE]R DE GROO[T]
ESTHER D[E GROOT]
Different views of ribbon on sailor's cap, panels 5 and 6.
2021-06-09 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-9 p. (015)
Forum:2021-06-09 (Wednesday)
<Thomas Crothers[15][18], Huge Creatures (Horrible Rats), Agatha
Crothers continues his story: After hiding nearly two days, he decided he would rather risk what's at the top of the cliffs than die of thirst and hunger. He was still cautious enough to climb up without using the rope and discovered it was booby trapped. In the darkness, which smelled of blood and death, he spied some lights among the distant ruins, which were guarded by huge shrieking creatures. With no food, water, companions, or safe place to stay, he began to despair. As he pauses in his story, Agatha congratulates Crothers on his survival, but he admits he had help.
Crothers: "There were lights in the distance, amid the ruins—shouting—and strange noises. Spark stuff. —And it was guarded. Huge creatures roamed the darkness outside. They shrieked and fought each other for scraps of what looked like—well—well. I knew not to go there."
ESTHER DE[ GROOT]
Ribbon on sailor's cap, panel 1.
2021-06-11 (Friday)
Vol.2-9 p. (016)
Forum:2021-06-11 (Friday)
<Thomas Crothers[15][18], <A Wild Rat, Violetta, Many Wild Rats
Crothers recounts how after he gave a Wild Rat his last scrap of biscuit, it led him to a hidden cave with water and shelter. Crothers introduces his Wild Rat friends.
Violetta: "Yeah—this is quite a story. You're really telling us you survived here because you made friends with a rat?"
Crothers: "Nah. I'm telling ye I survived here—because I made friends with a whole mess of rats."

Week Starting 2021-06-14 (Monday)[edit | edit source]

Location: Big Rat Island

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2021-06-14 (Monday)
Vol.2-9 p. (017)
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Agatha, Thomas Crothers, Honker, Wild Rats, Rakethorn, Violetta, Horrible Rat
Agatha, fascinated by Crothers' Wild Rat friends, introduces herself. Crothers is initially suspicious of an alleged Heterodyne, but is convinced by Rakethorn presenting his credentials as a commander of the English Navy. We finally learn Crothers' name and rank. Violetta's rant about the creepiness of little rats is… overshadowed by the appearance of a very large Horrible Rat, right behind her.
Crothers: She's really a Heterodyne?

Rakethorn: She really is.
Crothers: … Yikes.

Her Majesty (Albia), HMA Esther de Groot
2021-06-16 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-9 p. (018)
Forum:2021-06-16 (Wednesday)
Agatha, Thomas Crothers, Violetta, Rakethorn, Horrible Rats
Agatha is even more fascinated by the Horrible Rat, and asks Crothers how he was able to tame the creatures. As the Rats surround them, Crothers reveals that he only tries to stay away from the Rats, and that he hopes his new acquaintances know how to fight.
Agatha: "Incredible! Are these what killed your crew? How did you tame them?"
Crothers: "Tame them? I didn't tame them! I just try to smell like them and stay out of their way!"
Your crew (HMA Esther de Groot)
Screeee!
SFX, panel 4
2021-06-18 (Friday)
Vol.2-9 p. (019)
Forum:2021-06-18 (Friday)
Agatha, Thomas Crothers, Zeetha, Higgs, Violetta, Rakethorn, Bears (Swartzwalders)
As the group dramatically prepares to confront the Horrible Rats, Agatha gives Crothers some understated reassurance.
Agatha: "Well, I'm not much of a fighter. But I think we'll be okay."

Week Starting 2021-06-21 (Monday)[edit | edit source]

Location: Big Rat Island

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2021-06-21 (Monday)
Vol.2-9 p. (020)
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Bear (Swartzwalders), Horrible Rat, Other Horrible Rats, Rakethorn, Violetta
As the rat onslaught begins, the bears discover the rats are fast but succumb to brute force, Rakethorn discovers they can be killed by a bullet to the brain, and Violetta discovers they are resistant to poison.
Rakethorn: "Heh. A bullet to the brain stops them!"
Violetta (shouted): "—But poison doesn't!"
CHOMP!
SFX, panel 2.
POW!
THUNK
SFX, panel 3.
THUD
SFX, panel 5.
2021-06-23 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-9 p. 
Forum:2021-06-23 (Wednesday)
2021-06-25 (Friday)
Vol.2-9 p. 
Forum:2021-06-25 (Friday)

References

  1. This title for this section is not from the Canon; that is, it is not from the Girl Genius website navigation menu. It was added for easier navigation within the chronology.
  2. This section title qualifies as non-canonical because, even though it has been constructed to match the format used by the Foglios, they haven't created the official, canonical section titles for this volume yet. That is also why it is a level 2 heading; once the actual section title is created, it will replace this one and this note will be removed.
  3. It is unclear who this voice belongs to. Based on the informal phrasing, it is probably a member of Agatha's party, rather than a member of the airship's crew; but, aside from that, it's hard to say.
  4. Based on the first panel of the next page , this voice could belong to Hadrian Rakethorn.
  5. Based on the first panel of the next page , this voice probably belongs to Agatha Heterodyne.
  6. Based on the first panel of the next page , this voice almost certainly belongs to Neena.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Professor Monahan reveals that the airship's captain is working for Ariadne Steelgarter a few pages later.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 This character may not be a lieutenant, but he certainly seems to be some kind of low-ranking ship's officer.
  9. The full text isn't revealed until the next page.
  10. Only a few letters can be seen on this page , but the complete text of the sign could be seen on previous pages.
  11. The full word contracted as "'jacks" on this page most likely is "balloonjacks", used much earlier in the comic: Volume 13, page (030), panel 3. This was pointed out by sharp-eyed fan Scientician.
  12. On this page Francisia Monahan reveals that the airship captain, (first appearing on an earlier page , panel 6) who tried to land the airship on the island before he was stopped by Krosp and Bang, was working for Ariadne Steelgarter.
  13. Based on Agatha's and Violetta's conversation as they were descending, the people dropping into the sea are primarily members of the staff and crew of the HMA Crisp, while the ones landing on the island are primarily the passengers. But from the point of view of the speaker, Ariadne Steelgarter, any passengers are assumed to have dropped into the sea so the "they" includes any and all passengers.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 The clank Agatha built earlier is making sound-effects-like noises, but they are in dialog balloons. Since this makes them a sort of unnatural hybrid (par for the course for Girl Genius!), they are being listed in the text section as sound effects, but capitalized like dialog.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Thomas Crothers wasn't named until the page for Monday, June 14, 2021. Before that he was known as "Ratticus" in the chronology and by that name and "Rat Fink", "Rat Guy", and other, similar, names elsewhere in the wiki.
  16. The page number on the web page for the comic was originally posted as 022, but was later corrected.
  17. The airman who fell and perished.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Thomas Crothers is also shown in the present time on this page, not just in flashback.


Index[edit | edit source]

Chronology Overview         Internal Chronology
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