|Written By:||Madeleine Rosca|
|Published By:||Seven Seas Entertainment|
Volume 1 was released by Seven Seas Entertainment in June 2007, with a second volume released on May 29, 2008, and a third released on January 6, 2009. A fourth, "Hollow Fields and the Perfect Cog", was released in 2016.
Little Lucy Snow was meant to be enjoying her first day at the nice elementary school in town; however, a macabre twist of fate sees her enrolled instead at Miss Weaver's Academy for the Scientifically Gifted and Ethically Unfettered - also known as Hollow Fields. Located on the outskirts of Nullsville and run by the insidious Engineers, the grim boarding school dedicates itself to raising the next generation of mad scientists and evil geniuses. After enrolling in the school by mistake, she realizes how dangerous it was for her to register. At the end of every week, the student with the lowest grades gets sent to 'detention'. Once they are taken away, nobody ever sees the student again. Lucy must find a way to escape the school and escape detention.
Hollow fields is a manga that oozes the steampunk aesthetic from every page being set in a school for mad scientists that looks like a steam-chugging gothic castle stuck with humongous churning gears. Classic steampunk tropes are embodied by the very classes the students take, which include biostem grafting, grave digging, and clockwork robotics, which sometimes involves literal attacking clocks. The teachers themselves are patched together doll-like immortals, with a few sporting actual pipes coming out of their back, to say nothing of the windmill children.