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Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 2: Research (Gunnerkrigg Court #2)

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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-Trainin

Hardcover, 296 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Archaia (first published November 1st 2009)
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Aug 01, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Trickster gods, Mediums, people who write Harry Potter fan fiction
The second of the volumes available at my local public library. Now I am actually engaged enough in the story that I may have to read the rest online. More power to Tom Siddell for having enough fans to sell hardcover volumes of his free web comic, but as much fun as it is, $26.95 for each of (I think) 14 volumes or so is a bit stiff.

This is the story of Annie and Kat's second year at HogwartsGunnerkrigg Court. We get a little bit more about the background of the Court and the forest and the bea
(note: reviewed w/ volume 1)

The British Boarding School and the supernatural elements will undoubtedly excite Harry Potter fans, or cause them to sigh “been there, done that,” (just as many Fantasy (read Tolkien) fans had before them). There is also an element of familial inheritance in the story-line, Antimony and Kat’s parents were friends and attended Gunnerkrigg Court before them, creating some mysterious story-lines of their own. However, the Harry Potter familiarity ends there. Gunnerkrigg
Dec 20, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: webcomics
"Hmm, an ominous passage, that plunges into blackness, sealed behind lock and chain."
"You know what this means"
"We must see where it leads!"

This volume collects the chapters 15-22 of the webcomic Gunnerkrigg Court. The comic follows Antimony Carver through her years at the mysterious titular school, and builds as it goes along. Starting at the beginning is best.

Note: I am reviewing the comics collected, not the print edition.

After an exciting first year at GC and a quiet Summer Antimony is eager
This is such a great series, though I found this one a little more confusing than the last, because of some of the flashbacks. I had a hard time identifying them, and I certainly didn't identify them right away. Finally, if I got confused, I looked back to see if I'd missed the author going into flashback (signaled by rounded panel corners), and that was usually the issue--also, the characters in the flashbacks often look like their modern counterparts, so that was also confusing.

But overall, I
Nicola Mansfield
Jan 06, 2011 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: Next in the series. This is a Cybils '10 nominee and as a panelist for Graphic Novels was required reading for me, but my copy did not come in from the library until after we had handed in our results.

Volume 2 is even better than last year's stunning debut. Vol. 2 has a major difference in that a plot that was awoken near the end of book 1 has taken hold of this book and the story evolves around it with several side stories thrown in. Gone are the seemingly random vignettes,
Volume 1 of this series was aptly titled "Orientation," but now our Gunnerkrigg class assumes we are caught up, and the story is beginning to become cohesive, less serialized, and a larger narrative is beginning to come to the forefront.

This second book is called research, and a lot of it is about learning - about Kat's intellectual curiosity and almost preternatural skill at hard science, about Annie learning more about who she is what what she can do, and even us as readers getting a greater u
Apr 16, 2010 Kit rated it it was amazing
This is the second nifty hardback collection of the Gunnerkrigg Court webcomic, and it's even better than the first. Gunnerkrigg Court is a bit creepier a boarding school than Hogwarts is, with charismatic, mysterious students (and creatures, and robots). Annie is a super-appealing protagonist; her calm, upbeat unflappability is a neat change from overwrought first-person Princess-Diaries style teen narration. I may never figure out exactly what's going on, but there are enough hints in this ins ...more
Sep 02, 2016 Sarri rated it really liked it
Edelleen ihastuttava ja mystinen Gunnerkrigg Court kuoriutuu kuin sipuli - liikoja kerralla paljastamatta. Antimony aloittaa toisen vuotensa koulussa. Albumissa on paljon muistumia menneisyydestä, sattumia ja tapahtumia, mutta myös tärkeä kohtaaminen, kun Antimony menee Gillitie-metsään tapaamaan kojoottia. Toisen kouluvuotensa aikana Antimony saa tietää asioita vanhempiensa menneisyydestä samalla kun lukija saa tietää asioita Antimonyn menneisyydestä. Albumissa on paljon hienovaraisen vinohkoa ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
3.5 stars,really. I liked this a little more than the first. On to the next one!
Nov 21, 2016 TheTinFoilHatter rated it liked it
I'm just going to say it now - I LOVE the setting of this series. In a cold modern facility stained with supernatural whimsy, a few kids go to school at the heart of Gunnerkrigg Court. It's hard to define how it could have been better, but again it's because it has almost too much focus. I mean, we spend plenty of time with the delightfully unpredictable forest god Coyote and his nature-bending right hand wolf whose name escapes me. But there is not ONE other supernatural encounter they have in ...more
Jan 12, 2017 Lara rated it really liked it
The art really improves by book two, and continues to improve throughout the series. More of the backstory is revealed in this book, and things really get going. Antimony and Kat are the best duo. They're such good compliments to each other. They're both misfits, in their own way. They're both strong and capable. Kat is amazing with technology, while Annie is gifted at "ethereal studies". They're basically the personification of the possible harmony between the supposedly oppositional concepts o ...more
Dec 11, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, comics
Highlights of this one? How about the first visit to Zimmingham? And meeting Jack right when he was forcibly dragged into Zimmingham. He had a bad time.

And Annie's first trip into the ether. I like the way her hair is used to form the panel boundaries and how the real world is grayed out but creatures of the ether are lit up. And as the strip progresses there's a lot more of these that get more and more beautiful.

And the treatise page. Pretty to look at but there's so many symbols from all of t
Oct 22, 2011 Lizzie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lizzie by: borrowed from Evan.
I think this is one of those reviews of a sequel that makes no sense to outsiders, but the things I gotta say are:

I love seeing more bizarre stuff from the folks we met earlier -- the goofy fairies, for one, and I'll never get sick of the psychopomps, gracious. My favorite was falling again into Zimmy's strange, scary private world, and this time causing extra problems when someone else comes too. I can't figure out anything about her and I don't really care if I do.

I enjoy Antimony learning mor
Jun 07, 2015 Raj rated it it was amazing
The second collected volume of Tom Siddell's marvellous webcomic follows Antimony Carver's second year at Gunnerkrigg Court, after a summer where her father failed to contact her. She and Kat soon fall back into their old ways, finding a robot shrine, sneaking out in the middle of the night to watch Science, meeting the denizens of Gillitie Forest and more.

We also learn more about Annie's history, her mother, and her powers, as Kat's mother starts to teach her to use her innate powers, and to st
Antimony Carver (Annie) has just spent break all on her own and she’s been pretty lonely, so when Kat and the other students return, she is really happy to see them. In this Gunnerkrigg collection, Annie is learning how to be a medium and how to use her blinker stone. Kat is working on designing her own robot (her mom gives her the key to her old laboratory space), and while she and Annie are there, they discover the identity of the ghostly woman Annie encountered near the Annan Waters. Now that ...more
Dec 23, 2012 Alice rated it it was amazing
So anyone who's talked to me for any length of time about comics (or, uh, looked at my graphic novels shelves), knows that I love Gunnerkrigg Court.

The second volume fell out of print for a stupid-amount of time, for reasons I'm not entirely sure of. Finally, it got reprinted, and I was able to get my hands on a copy.

This volume shows Siddell's vast progress in terms of the comic's art, and important storylines are moved forward or started. You have no idea how excited I was when we learned more
Ryne Steinacker
Mar 26, 2015 Ryne Steinacker rated it it was amazing
Holy cow, what a surprise. I stumbled onto Gunnerkrigg Court through the "TV Tropes" website, and I'm so glad I did. What an engaging story, compelling characters, and great art. I love how the narrative seamlessly flows between 1) all of the compelling mysteries that underlie the world Siddell has crafted, and 2) all of the amazing jokes, sarcasm, etc. Great humor, great drama, and great writing. The art style is somewhat ho-hum at first but it evolves as the story progresses, and I'd like to p ...more
Jun 09, 2013 Brett rated it liked it
Strange things are going on at Gunnerkrigg Court, the futuristic, steampunk-mechanical-looking school attended by redheaded protagonist Antimony Carver. There are also strange things happening in the primeval woods next to the school, which are completely off-limits & contain some ancient mythological gods, some of them real troublemakers. Antimony - "Annie" to her friends - is interested in learning more about the uneasy detente that seems to exist between school & forest, as well as he ...more
May 23, 2016 Ana rated it really liked it
This is a great continuation of the fist volume. We get to visit Forest and learn more about Coyote and Reynard, on another occasion also the ghost lady. The stories of the old trickster are really fascinating and I really enjoyed how the style of drawing changed in those chapters and also in chapters where Antimony uses magic. I loved to see the flashback from Annie's childhood and her interactions with creatures of the ether. I really loved that chapter. My least favourite moments were the one ...more
I keep rereading this book because it is just as good as the first one. I love both volumes and even follow the comic online when I can. I recommend "Gunnerkrigg Court" to one and all! Now I just have to kill a month or so until the 3rd book FINALLY comes out! I swear that Siddell does this to me on purpose!

Anyway, enjoy more adventures with Antimony during her second year at Gunnerkrigg Court. During this time, we learn enjoy an intimate storytelling session with Coyote, a bit more is learned
I'm really wishing I could remember the first volume of Gunnerkrigg Court, because I'm still having difficulty figuring out exactly what the overarching plot is. I do remember that I really enjoyed the first one, and I recall many of the characters (particular the not-so-human ones). As far as I can tell, Antimony is continuing her education at Gunnerkrigg Court and many amusing and/or mysterious things happen. A good chunk of the story oscillates between Antimony's perspective and her late moth ...more
K. F.
Apr 07, 2014 K. F. rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2012, comics
Everything is just as good as book one!

A little bit about the packaging though--admittedly my copy came from the library, but the construction of the book seemed really shoddy to me. The binding seemed to threaten to tear and frequently you could see the thread when the book laid open, which was nothing like the first volume (also a library book). I noticed that the book is difficult to come by and is going for $500+ on Amazon, so I can't help but think that Archaia rushed the printing and didn'
Edited 12/2016: I just re-read volumes 1 and 2 back-to-back and am still underwhelmed by volume 2. While the main plot line is moved forward and we begin to learn more of the history/back-story, it just wasn't as clever or witty as the first. I am (finally) reading volume 3. I hope some of the sparkle returns!


Probably should have reread the first one before reading this -- I was a bit confused b/c there were things I couldn't remember. Also found some of the flashbacks hard to
S. J.
Sep 16, 2013 S. J. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Graphic Novel fans, older children and young adults, anyone who like Neil Gaiman and creepy stories
Recommended to S. by: Library; Series
Review for Volume 1 Where I discuss the series more in depth.

This was the book that finally proved to me that yes, I actually liked this series. I've finally caught some of the plot and the overarching conspiracy vibe that this book reeks of and I'm looking forward to seeing where it all leads.

The artwork is still interesting and word of warning: there are some intense and scary images in the two books, particularly memorable in this one.
Mary Catelli
The adventures of Antimony continuing from Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 1 Orientation A number of complete episodes. Though this one ends with an episode that's a flashback to the parents' generation.

The weirdness continues. Fairies who commit suicide in order to go to the school. A midnight excursion to the school's power plant. Discussion of the school's medium, who deals with the woods. And more
Dec 23, 2013 Raina rated it really liked it
Super good mash-up world. Siddell's art is a bit inconsistent, but the saturated colors and strong lines are fun to look at. Although it's been quite some time since I read the first one, this second volume hung together just fine. I'm eager to see how relationships develop and adore things like dog-trees, wolf-stuffed dogs, tricksy zombies, and the overall mystery and mythology behind the world. Definitely one to recommend.
Maggi Rohde
Oct 15, 2010 Maggi Rohde rated it it was amazing
Quirky, creepy and absolutely addicting, this second volume of Tom Siddell's excellent webcomic continues to reveal the layers of secrets at the magical boarding school, Gunnerkrigg Court. From Antimony, to her mother, to the tricky Reynardine, to the ghosts, robots and other creatures who haunt the halls of the Court, nothing is quite as it seems. Siddell never takes himself too seriously, and we find ourself falling hard for his characters. A worthy heir to Buffy.
Another fascinating entry in the Gunnerkrigg Court story. The art style has really evolved from the first volume, and learning about some background information on some of the secondary characters was great! I've seen Coyote in other stories, and this is another excellent representation of the enigmatic Trickster. I'll be looking forward to picking up volume 3 soon, though I know I could just read it online, since I'm happy to help support Thomas Siddell's work. :)
Jennifer O'Neill
Feb 17, 2014 Jennifer O'Neill rated it it was amazing
You need to read this book and you need to read it now. No money? No library? Well you're on the internet! Go to and read the WHOLE comic! YEA, I know right!? For free!? YES!
But honestly I own all of the books, because I'm a big fan, and the art work is entirely too amazing to not own in a book!
The plot is great, the world is unique and you pretty much need to stop reading my review and go read the brilliance that is Gunnerkrigg Court.
Nov 17, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
Ever since I started this webcomic I have been hooked and look forward to the Monday, Wednesday and Friday updates.
The artist, Ton Siddell, is one of the most punctual webartist on the web.
I own all 3 published books and I've also bought extra copies for the nieces and nephews.
Tom's artwork and story stelling are also evolving into something a bit more complexe than his first book, also...
It's just plain fun!
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Very little is known of Tom, as he doesn't speak about himself much. He is English, resides in Birmingham, recently was employed as an animator at a video game company but in 2012 decided to leave to work on Gunnerkrigg Court full time.

There is also conjecture that he likes Cadbury Extra Thick Chocolate Cakes, but no suitable references were provided.
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Gunnerkrigg Court (6 books)
  • Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 1: Orientation (Gunnerkrigg Court #1)
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  • Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 4: Materia (Gunnerkrigg Court #4)
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