It's a decade after the War of the Worlds. The nifty Martian tech left behind from the failed invasion of England has transformed the Victorian era with the advent of laser-heated homes and mechanized crab cabs. All is well...except for the blood-sapped corpses washing up along the Thames. ''Scarlet Traces'' would be worth it alone for the inspired fusion of H.G. Wells and Arthur Conan Doyle. Bold and shattering, writer Ian Edginton and artist D'Israeli's Traces is a well-crafted complement to its literary antecedents.