The Five Fists of Science is a Steampunk graphic novel created by Matt Fraction and Steven Sanders. It was published by Image Comics in 2006. The plot involves Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain combining forces to try to bring about world peace through superior firepower. In the introduction, Twain explains that the story does not concern itself very much with historical accuracy, which is fairly obvious by the plot.
Twain and Tesla use science, trickery and media manipulation to try and scare world leaders into listening to them and taking their ideas on board. They are aided by Baroness Bertha Von Suttner and the wholly fictional Timothy Boone, and together they fight the dark forces led by the dastardly dickhead inventor Thomas Edison, John Pierpont Morgan, Andrew Carnegie and Guglielmo Marconi (who didn't invent radio). The inventors and financiers are collaborating on a bizarre new skyscraper, the Innsmouth Tower, which has already caused construction workers to die in mysterious accidents on the building site.
- Alternate History: However...
- Based on a True Story: Funny enough, Twain and Tesla were friends in real life and actually did have a plan to end all war through a super science weapon.
- Based on a Great Big Lie: It is presented as a true story, but granted it is Played for Laughs. The explanation for there being no proof of the story is: J.P. Morgan financed a cover-up of the comic's events.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Bar one, all of the main characters are historical figures. Dwell on that for a minute.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Edison captures the Yeti so he can lock up Tesla with it, due to Tesla's phobia of hair.
- Eldritch Abomination: J.P. Morgan's One-Winged Angel transformation.
- For Science!: Everything Tesla does is for science. And peace.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Thomas Edison is a Lovecraftian sorcerer trying to summon a demon.
- Humongous Mecha: The steampunk robot Tesla builds.
- Revenge Fic: Clearly a Revenge Fic on Thomas Edison, like most stories featuring Tesla and Edison. And who can blame it?
- Steampunk: This one is obvious.
- They Fight Crime!: Master Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla and revolutionary American author Mark Twain. No further explanation required.