Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 2: Research (Gunnerkrigg Court #2)
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...more
This is the story of Annie and Kat's second year at
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 ...more
"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 ...more
But overall, I ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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' ...more
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 ...more
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.
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
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.
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!
There is also conjecture that he likes Cadbury Extra Thick Chocolate Cakes, but no suitable references were provided.