This new hardcover, full-color edition of Courtney's first adventures is so beautiful! I especially loved the endpapers and the ribbon bookmark, as weThis new hardcover, full-color edition of Courtney's first adventures is so beautiful! I especially loved the endpapers and the ribbon bookmark, as well as the cover design. Although I am a huge admirer of black-and-white artwork, the colors make Naifeh's work shine in a new way.
The characters of Courtney and Aloysius Crumrin (he's my favorite, so badass) are as cool as ever. The stories themselves are nice, but this first volume is definitely the weakest of the series, mostly due to its episodic nature. I much prefer the later volumes with their longer story arcs. I just love seeing Courtney and Uncle Aloysius's relationship grow!...more
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 fA 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 sometimes powerless, and how that affects the children who have looked up to them. I really did feel for Aloysius in this book.
This book is a lot scarier than the first one. There are some magnificently disturbing pages, which manage to creep out even an adult. Rawhead and bloody bones is one of the most terrifying creatures I've ever come across.
The hardcover editions continue to be beautiful, with great cover design. The coloring is well done, although I have to say that I preferred some of the creepy crawlies in the earlier edition's black and white....more