What drew me into the book the most was the plotline of an academic quest transforming into a tense showdown involving kidnapping and extortion. Kate Corrigan is definitely the heroine of The Universal Machine, and Mignola and Arcudi's script emphasizes her intellect above all else. She's a tough customer, but physical confrontation isn't something upon which she has to rely. Her colleague - the far more Andrew Devon - is someone to which it is easy to relate, as his fear almost overwhelms him. Still, I like the character, as he never considers abandoning Corrigan despite the monstrous circumstances in which he finds himself. Read Full Review
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