Courtney Crumrin Vol. 1 the Night Things and Vol. The Coven of Mystics

Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things by Ted Naifeh

Author and Artist: Ted Naifeh

Genre: Unban fantasy, fairies

Age: Teen

Summary: Courtney's parents have dragged her out to a high-to-do suburb to live with her creepy Great Uncle Aloysius in his spooky old house. She's not only the new kid in school, but she also discovers strange things lurking in the woods.

Review: THIS is how you build a world fill with magic and fully develop characters, unlike Mooncakes. The fairies or night creatures aren't your cutesy Tinkerbell fairies. They are blood thirsty creatures of legends that you don't make dealings with unless you have really...really have good purpose to do so.

Purple is the domain color and the color pallet uses dark colors to go along with purple such as dark and lime green gave it a gothic feel. All the shapes have thick outlines and for the shading, hash marks are used. This technique is offensive to use with comic books. Overall the art style has a ruff comic book aesthetics.

I have read the Courtney Crumrin books years ago and I have forgotten how funny and snarky the dialogue is. Courtney is sassy and she is ignored by her peers at school. She coops by not liking people and isolating herself from everyone. Strangely enough, she sounds like someone I know I just can't put my figure on it...oh wait *cough* myself *cough*.

In the second book: Coven of Mystics another side to Courtney is shown. Making her have a soft caring side beneath that cold heart of hers.

In Vol 1 The Night Things the story lays the groundwork for the world and the characters. The first page has a paragraph introduction about how the kids that are outcasts and loners are the ones to find the hidden worlds. Setting up what expect in the story.

If your not over sensitive and want a good story with fairies and magic then the Courtney Crumrin series is highly recommended.

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