Gunnerkrigg Court: Research by Thomas Siddell
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Comics Distributors
Publication Date: January 19th, 2016
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novels/Webcomics, Boarding School, Science Fiction Fantasy, Friendship, Mystery, magic
Annie and Kat begin their second year at Gunnerkrigg Court! Parts of Annie’s past are revealed, as well as mysteries that tie back to the origins of the Court itself. Finding a secret tomb of ancient robots beneath Kat’s workshop leads the two friends to question how they are linked to the mysterious ghost that attacked Annie the year before. And as a new Medium-In-Training, Annie is able to visit the powerful trickster god Coyote in Gillitie Forest, a visit that reveals more than she ever imagined!
This series keeps on getting better and better.
Even the graphics are suddenly way more exceptional than they were in the first volume. I mean, this isn’t something I’ve complained about, since it strangely matched the atmosphere of the book, but Antimony had absolutely NO personality in the first chapters of volume one.
Whereas now, her facial features are changed—improved—and she is now able to express emotions. It’s good to see she is human although, once more, she could have kept on being a robot-like being and the story would have flowed for me nonetheless.
In this sequel we discover more about Gunnerkrigg Court and the different beings surrounding it. I absolutely could not get enough of the new characters introduced. Coyote is like no other creature I have seen before. And remember Reynardine, the demon? He is so darn loveable in this continuation. And it’s not that “we” warm up to him. “He” warms up to Antimony, thus changing his attitude around her and our perception of him. Cute.
A huge part of me is still confused about what this school really is, although the author did shed a bit of light on that, but I’m okay with not understanding everything this early in the series. There are still four volumes to go and it would be unfortunate for the element of mystery and surprise to be there no more.
If you haven’t started the adventure that Gunnerkrigg Court is yet, what are you waiting for, dear reader?
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