A review of Oni's newest series!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Courtney Crumrin returns in her first ever, full color series! Welcome to a world where magic and Night Things lurk behind every corner and nothing is as it seems. This is the world introduced to Courtney by her dear Uncle Aloysius--a master mage of unknown age and even more mysterious motivations. What started the Crumrin clan down the dark path, and is Courtney strong enough to follow it all the way down?
One of my favorite parts about comics is finding a new series that's been sitting around, waiting for you to discover it. Courtney Crumrin is one of those series. An Oni Press title written and illustrated by Ted Naifeh, only four miniseries of this title have come out over the last ten years. Historically, Courtney Crumrin releases have been sporadic and infrequent, but Oni Press released the first issue in a new ongoing series last week.
Courtney Crumrin is a grumpy, sullen young girl who discovers a world of magic after moving in with her uncle Aloysius. While she possesses more common sense than her dull-witted and selfish parents, Courtney still has a lot to learn about the world and often learns that magic, like any shortcut, has unintended consequences. It's a great and unique book that mixes dark humor with childlike innocence in a manner unlike any other comic on the shelves today.
The new series is a great (re)introduction to Courtney's world. We learn about Courtney and some of her past adventures through a new girl at school that Courtney quickly befriends. However, unlike Courtney, who has a good heart and has come to learn the responsibilities associated with wielding magic, the newcomer takes a darker route, forcing Courtney to face her failings alone. There are a lot of parallels in the first issue of Courtney Crumrin to her first miniseries that might be lost on new readers, but they exist more as winks and nods to longtime fans of the series and won't affect a newcomer's enjoyment of the book.
Naifeh's artwork is fantastic throughout the book. It's simplistically stylized and captures the dark scenes and characters in Courtney Crumrin without being too gloomy. It's captivating to watch Naifeh walk that thin line between cartoonish and dark so perfectly and helps the series stand out from its peers.
Anyone who loves Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride or a good ghost story will enjoy this comic. When you do, be sure to pick up the new Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things hardcover, brilliantly released to give new fans of the series a chance to start from the beginning. I can't recommend this book enough. It's a fantastic and brilliant series that deserves far more acclaim. Discover Courtney Crumrin today; you'll be glad you did.
Review by: Christian Hoffer