Monday, September 24, 2012

Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things by Ted Naifeh

Oni Press
Published April 11, 2012
144 pages
Buy here.

Originally published in 2003, this special hardcover reprint of the first volume of the Courtney Crumrin series is just eerie and bizarre enough to make me want to read more.  Teenaged Courtney is dragged by her parents to live with great-uncle Aloysius, who creeps her out at first but then earns her trust by revealing his magical secrets to her (and getting her out of a few jams when she takes it upon herself to uncover some secrets on her own).  The nearby forest is full of goblins, faeries, and other strange manner of creatures, which Courtney gets mixed up in very much against her will.  She also has to deal with bullies, being an outcast in a new school, and dangers in babysitting.  Full of magic and teen angst, this introduction to Courtney Crumrin has whetted my appetite for the slew of additional titles bearing her name.

Rating: 3.5/5

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