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Courtney Crumrin #1
Published on Friday, April 13, 2012 by

Courtney Crumin returns and in color.


Published by: Oni Press
Written & Illustrated by: Ted Naifeh
Colored by: Warren Wucinich
Cover by: Ted Naifeh
Editor: Jill Beatin

I haven’t read the previous appearances of Courtney, so I didn’t know what to expect. Alot of times a new reader comes onto a series like this in the later volumes, and then goes back and collects/reads the previous ones. There’s a fine line in doing that, or hoping it it what happens. The new volume has to recap or hook the new reader, which usually requires explaining what has happened in the previous volumes, but at the same time there can’t be too much of that or the older fan feels gypped out of a new story.

Courtney Crumrin #1 falls somewhere inbetween. There’s really no backstory given, no explanation of who Courtney is or what her world is like. But as a new reader, the issue still works. I found that I didn’t need to know any of that in order to enjoy what Naifeh has crafted.

And crafted is a good word. The book reads and looks great. The captions are as if someone was reading a story to us. It serves as a good way to look into the heads of the characters as there are no thought balloons or thought captions. More often then not this method fails, the reader being told what the characters are thinking by some unseen/unknown narrator, but in this case it works very well.

Naifeh paces the story well, setting up the friendship and then over time showing the change in Holly. This is an all ages book, but there’s a dark undertone. There’s some scary undertones to it.

Not letting us see what Holly is thinking is a great choice. We have to discover, along with Courtney, what is going on. Is Holly going dark or is it just what happens in high school with a new good; outsider at first but becomes popular.

As strong as the script and the story is, it’s the art that really carries this book. Wonderful is all I can think of to describe it. Naifeh’s got a nice style and I like the choice of making Courtney stand out by the lack of a nose. It’s an interesting choice and it works.

The book feels like an all-ages book, but there’s some Mignola-like elements to Naifeh’s art that gives the story a darker undertone and a scariness to it.

Courtney Crumrin #1 receives
5 out of 5

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