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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

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Hardcover, 296 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Archaia (first published November 1st 2009)
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Lola
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This series keeps on getting better and better.

Even the graphics are suddenly way more exceptional than they were in the first volume. I mean, this isn’t something I’ve complained about, since it strangely matched the atmosphere of the book, but Antimony had absolutely NO personality in the first chapters of volume one.

Whereas now, her facial features are changed—improved—and she is now able to express emotions. It’s good to see she is human although, once more, she could have kept o
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Chad
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
The art has gotten much better from volume 1. Much more expressive and defined faces. The world building is also starting to come together. Instead of just introducing mystery box after mystery box, Siddell has picked up those threads from volume 1 and started to weave a cohesive mythology out of them. A great all ages title for both kids and adults.
David
Aug 01, 2012 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
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Alexa
this was even better than the first one!! the art style is so much more expressive and I can't wait to see everything that happens
Leslie
(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
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Mike
Jan 29, 2013 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
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Rebecca
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
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Nicola Mansfield
Jan 06, 2011 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,
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Lissibith
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
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Kit
Apr 16, 2010 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
Sarri
Sep 02, 2016 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
Stewart Tame
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The goodness continues. With this series, every revelation seems to lead to more questions. And there are subtle touches best appreciated on rereading--like the way Antimony's wound from the ghostly woman with the sword in volume 1 seems to continue to show up when she's in spirit form (or whatever.) There are all sorts of things that seem like throwaway bits of weirdness and/or gags that turn out later to be significant. Excellent, excellent work ...
Emily
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars,really. I liked this a little more than the first. On to the next one!
Emily
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mysteries and questions, wrapped up in high technology and high magic alike.
Marije
Started binge-reading this comic yesterday. This volume was even better than part 1, with chapter 20's beautiful artwork in Coyote's story as the absolute highlight.
Laura
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So much mystery and intrigue. Really liking all the glimpses in the past and all the characters.
Jesse Richards
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Completely spellbinding, as always.
Lizzie
Aug 31, 2011 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
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Raj
Sep 29, 2013 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
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Arminzerella
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
Ally
Dec 23, 2012 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
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Ryne
Mar 26, 2015 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
Brett
May 15, 2013 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
TheTinFoilHatter
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really 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
Ana
May 22, 2016 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
Jessica
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
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Courtney
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
Chris
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
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
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K. F.
Sep 03, 2012 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'
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There is also conjecture that he likes Cadbury Extra Thick Chocolate Cakes, but no suitable references were provided.
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