Gunnerkrigg Court Volume 4

Gunner 4Gunnerkrigg Court: Materia by Thomas Siddell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Comics Distributors
Publication Date: January 21st, 2017
Publisher: Archaia
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novels/Webcomics, Boarding School, Science Fiction Fantasy, Friendship, Mystery, magic


Antimony Carver and her best friend Kat continue to uncover terrible secrets about their eccentric school, Gunnerkrigg Court, as their second year comes to a close. If navigating the dangerous world of teenage relationships weren’t hard enough, Annie and her fellow Mediums In Training learn that there is a far more to their powers than they could have imagined. They must take things into their own hands if they want to get to the bottom of the Court’s dark past.


Oh my goodness. I thought I had the characters figured out, or at least a little, but now that I finished the fourth book, I realize I only knew what the author wanted me to know. He completely changed my perception of Coyote and Ms. Jones.

I don’t think I like what I now know. But the more I learn about the characters, the more I’m starting to understand how the Court works and the role everyone has to play.

Antimony is back for her third year from the forest where she spent her summer vacation, without her best buddy Kat and protector, Reynardine. So much is different, yet so much is the same.

This book is very focused on relationships between characters and not necessarily romantic ones, though those are certainly featured as well. Actually, some relationships have me confused. I know Annie and Kat are the best of friends. They’ve helped each other since the very beginning. They’re basically soul sisters. But sometimes there are moments where I feel that there is more going on… only to be redirected a few seconds later.

There is no cliffhanger exactly, but there is a HUGE revelation at the end. Something tells me the relationships between characters will be developed more in the sequels. Perhaps I will finally know if Annie and Kat will remain friends forever or become… more. Kat expresses interest in boys ALL THE TIME, but Antimony never does, or so. It’s hard to know what she is thinking.

Anyway, good stuff. Plus this is the longest book so far. More than 300 pages, whohoo!



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