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Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2)

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Courtney Crumrin is back in a new adventure that pits her against the town's most powerful warlocks and witches, the Coven of Mystics! When the night things of Courtney's community start causing trouble, it's up to the girl to find out why. The coven blames the hobgoblin initially but quickly turns its ire to Skarrow, a night thing in service to the town's most reclusive w ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 6th 2003 by Oni Press (first published September 10th 2003)
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Seth Hahne
Sep 04, 2007 Seth Hahne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who really wanted the first book to be good but was obviously disappointed...
Shelves: comics
Everything that the first book lacked, its sequel, Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics provides in spades. Honestly, I had pretty small expectations after reading the first book, so one might attribute my enthusiasm here to the fact that even a mediocre book could possibly excite me. Still, I don't think that is the case here.

The Coven of Mystics was a joy to read. I smiled and laughed and, well... felt all the way through. This solves the greatest difficulty of the first book by weaving i
Disclaimer: I received an ARC via Netgalley.
School is difficult at the best of times. For Courtney Crumrin, it’s even worse. Her teacher has got her number in more ways than one. And then, there’s something lurking in the forest, and it’s not just Butterworm and his brother Butterbug. It’s got bigger teeth.
Courtney Crumrin is at once both a girl’s answer to Harry Potter and Anakin Skywalker. The problem with Harry Potter is that even when he acted like a spoiled brat, you knew he was going to
I certainly loved "Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics", the second installation in the Courtney Crumrin series. In this volume, Courtney's still adjusting to school life as well as studying under the wing of her uncle, but several strange occurances in the forest near her home prompt Courtney to investigate, and find another realm on her own, as well as an interesting companion. Yet things take a dark turn that involve Courtney's uncle, and it isn't without its share of heartache.

As per u
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
In which Courtney learns that the darkness which they might fight comes not from the Night Things so much as from humanity, and that while Uncle A is the badassesiest of all badasses, he is, alas, not indomitable against said darkness.

Courtney grows a bit - perhaps a bit more cynical, if that's possible, but also a bit wiser - and there's a fair bit of pathos involved.

And it's nice, though a bit sad, to see Aloysius' more fragile side.

The parents are mostly absent in this installment, which is a
A whole lot darker than Volume 1, Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics brings the series to a whole new level. The first book suffered a little from being a collection of short stories, when this second one is a lot stronger as a continuing story.

In this graphic novel, Courtney gets to know the magical community of Hillsborough, and she is not impressed. While the adults engage in their power struggles, the lives of innocents are at risk. This books deals with the fact that even adults are
Courtney and her warlock Uncle seem to be having some issues with the Coven of Mystics which leads to some great adventures for Courtney. Probably the best graphic novel I've read this year and would definitely get a 5 star rating EXCEPT (and this is going to sound petty) he needs to learn how to draw hands...every single panel that has a hand in it is diminished because the first thing my attention is drawn to is are the messed up hands that everyone has...fingers do not come to a point! Finger ...more
The second volume of Courtney Crumrin might be even better than the first. The series remains a fantastic dark kids' story. The first story features a genuinely scary, menacing monster, and the story is frightening. The second story is less creepy, and is full of cats, including Courtney herself being transformed into a cat. It's adorable. So adorable. The rest of the volume deals with Mystic politics, and it's great stuff. It's interesting, and it's fun, and it's poignant. The art is still a gr ...more
I am enjoying this macabre wee series, where no happy endings are guaranteed, and people (and other beings) actually die. Some new characters come into it, including a teacher Courtney does not like. There is also the awesome chapter with the secret cat council - my favourite part! Plus there is the mystery of the who is behind the mysterious attacks. My criticisms are the motives for who is behind it all are not revealed until just before they themselves are, so there is no real way to work it ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Lots and lots of action in this volume with many story arcs and mini plots within the overall main plot of the series. It's been a year now and Courtney is quite the witch under her warlock Uncle Aloysius's tutelage. Courtney meets another grown witch, is invited to a cat meeting, confronts the most horrible hobgoblin then learns of a political plot within the warlock and witches' Coven. Courtney befriends a night thing whose life is in danger, Uncle Aloysius thinks he can handle things but it's ...more
This is the second book in the Courney Crumrin series. I absolutely love this series. In this book Courtney has to face a darker foe than ever before and it was a fun and exciting read.

Courtney Crumrin is settling in to both her new house and new school. She is learning how to deal with the Night Things better, but when a new and more horrible Night Thing threatens their community the local Coven of Mystics blame it on a Night Thing named Skarrow. Both Courtney and her uncles suspect that Skarr
Courtney's daily life continues to be full of rotten experiences, she feels estranged from most everyone, and feels little is to be learned from that world. She feels her time is better spent learning about the magical one. A good deal of time is also spent following the activities of her uncle Aloysius, providing us with a better view of this world, as well as the politics behind the witches council. It is the politics that drives the conflict which Courtney faces, as she tries to save one of t ...more
Stephanie Griffin
Courtney Crumrin: The Coven of Mystics, Special Edition Hardcover (Courtney Crumrin #2), by Ted Naifeh and Warren Wucinich (Illustrator), is a nice continuation of the children’s series. Young Courtney has magical powers but only uses them when she deems it absolutely necessary, like when she doesn’t want to do her school homework and puts a spell on a classmate to turn in assignments under Courtney’s name!

If you liked the first book, Courtney Crumrin and The Night Things (and who didn’t?!) this
I need the next volume!

With the story established, Naifeh starts to play around with Courtney and her place in this wild fae world. Two things came to mind as I was reading this. Sword in the Stone, where Merlin tests Arthur by turning him into various animals, and The Graveyard Book, where various parental figures take turns teaching a child the ways of a new and strange world.

The art just seems to keep getting better and better as well.

I love this series so much.
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Background: Courtney Crumrin Volume Two the Coven of Mystics, Special Edition follows Courtney though more of the strange life of her anti-social uncle A. Trouble arises and uncle A is always called upon by the coven to go the dirty work, but when something criminal happens they do not listen to anything he has to say. It is up to Courtney and her band of underworld friends to make it all right.

Review: I love this series, the first issue was intriguing but lacked character development, this one
Even better than the first volume. There are so many neat creatures that Naifeh is working with that this world is rich and wonderful. I love Courtney's snark and the angularlity of the art makes for some very interesting creatures.

I'd definitely recommend this one. Find this one, flip through a few pages, be terribly intrigued. Go back and read the first one and then be happy to read this one, too! I can't wait to read the third.
If anything, the more this develops, the more interesting it gets. Courtney is a character who embodies a number of flaws, but they tend to be flaws with which many will be able to identify. The art is essentially unchanged from the first volume, but the storyline, and the storytelling, have gotten deeper and more detailed, and are improved because of it.

More fun, too.
Jessica at Book Sake
ARC reviewed by Chris for Book Sake.

The first volume of Crumrin was more a collection of short stories about Courtney. The second installment was a single story. The book does a really swell job of keeping things shrouded in mystery, but still building the lore of the magical world Courtney lives in.

Courtney herself is a bit of a hard read. Harsh exterior with a kind heart? Possibly. She walks the fine line between lovable rapscallion and obnoxious brat, with only slight and brief stumbles. Thos
The main character is a total brat and I find it very hard to feel anything towards her outside of. "Wow, are you a bit self-righteous?" Though all the stories are intersting as well as the character designs and the plot is engaging so I really enjoyed it. Also Warriors cats put in a fey setting. (And I laugh so hard.)
Orrin Grey
This second volume is where the Courtney Crumrin series really goes from being good to being great, as far as I'm concerned. Everything from the pacing to the artwork to the storytelling all really comes together perfectly. This volume is full of great touches and great moments, and it really underscores all the best parts of the series so far. There are several moments in Courtney Crumrin & the Coven of Mystics that rank among my favorite moments in all my years of reading comics (or anythi ...more
This second outing of the young Courtney Crumrin – our plucky young heroine who is a chip off her ole great-grand-uncle’s block – sets several sub-plots in motion that appeared benignly in the first collection. With many a mystical guide – in the shape of Uncle Alyosius’s cat, as well as one of her teachers at school – Courtney starts getting in over her head, and – much to her uncle’s chagrin – into the deepest of magical danger.

Although a delightfully-told modern gothic fantasy with smart ani
Meghan Wilson
I think I liked this even better than the first one. Underneath the stylish gothness it deals with real issues and although the protagonist doesnt always do the right thing and nothing is tied up in a neat bow, important lessons are learned, appropriate consequences are experienced and observed.
Kelly V
Feb 07, 2009 Kelly V rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like dark graphic novels for young adults
This volume follows Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things, and it does a good job of staying really dark. The book starts off with a bang, with a tale about a fearsome monster that decimates an entire family. Chapter 2 is all about cats. Seriously. It's totally cool. It's also an interesting enough story. We also meet Skarrow, a magical but friendly creature who plays a role in future chapters. In chapter 3, Skarrow is sought by the rest of the magical community, blamed for something he did not ...more
I think this series is starting to grow on me. While I did give the first book three stars it was closer to 2.5, on the other hand this book is firmly three stars for me. I did enjoy reading it, but can't say I loved it.
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Courtney continues growing in her power and learning about the secret world of witches and warlocks. In this instance, a murder is committed by a demon, and a meek elfin boy is blamed for the crime. While Courtney's mysterious uncle Alouysious tries to shield him from the unreasonable threats of the coven, things look dire indeed for the cute little spikey-haired beast. A good follow up to the previous installment that gives Courtney room to grow, but also reveals her dark side in a very grim wa ...more
Courtney Crumrin is inspiring. She's a mini superhero and oddly delightful in her grumpiness. Seeing the Night Things through her eyes not only makes me love her more, but it makes me love and respect the oddest of creatures. I feel loss when reading about how they're treated, but I guess those emotions are all too familiar if you relate them to how we feel about humans or creatures who are misunderstood. Courtney is brave enough to break through those barriers, and yet smart enough to not dive ...more
Edwin Serpas
This story is about the story of Courtney Crumrin. She is a soon to be witch who is studying under her uncle and a normal school teachers. In a series of event she ends up beening in the middle of a case of murder and deicit. But near the end she ends up taking matters in her own hands.
I recommend this book if you like a tale of mstery and deceit. The plot is something of love and passion as well as anger and hatred. This story will not bore any reader who is into the dark tales and witch craft.
Robert Beveridge
Ted Naifeh, Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics (Oni, 2003)

Courtney Crumrin's back and better than ever. In her second miniseries, we find that in the small town of Hillsborough, Courtney and her uncle Aloysius are far from the only two magicians in residence. In fact, there's an entire coven of mystics. (You may have guessed that from the title.) One of them is intent on mischief, and it falls to Courtney to uncover the villain. Doing that involves all sorts of experiences she's never had
The Courtney Crumrin series is a nice little bunch of stories which initially makes you think you're in the comforting world of children stories before shaking you with issues of death and dark magic. But then aren't fairy tales filled with stories of evil witches eating children and various monsters doing unspeakable things to innocent peasants? Um... Ted Naifeh explores the delicate line between children and adult literature by exploring these mature themes and bringing us back in time. Of cou ...more
The Courtney Crumrin series is one of my current favorite comic book series. Ted Naifeh has created a little girl who lives partly in the normal world, and partly in the secretive world of wizards and witches, where she is learning to use the magical powers that she has inherited - sound familiar? Along the way she learns that magic can make your life much more difficult, that adults are untrustworthy and dangerous cowards, and that love just ends in pain - sounding a little less familiar?

Ted Na
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Ted Naifeh is an American comic book writer and artist who gained notoriety for his illustrations in the goth romance comic Gloomcookie. Naifeh has since become most known as the creator of the Eisner-Award-nominated series Courtney Crumrin, published by Oni Press.
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