courtney crumrin and the night things
courtney and her family have moved to this rich neighbourhood to live with their uncle, professor aloysius crumrin. the good bit is that aloysius lives in a gothic mansion. the bad is everything else – courtney hates her parents, the new town she’s moved to and all the stupid rich kids at her new school. luckily for us, and for little courtney, uncle aloysius isn’t all he seems, and the gothic mansion is exactly what it seems!
this was all right. not great but not crap. the art is for the most part pretty good. the rendering of the world is quite cool and the eerie atmosphere and gothic imagery are definitely the best parts of the book. but the people could’ve been drawn differently. most of the people besides courtney have these empty pupil-less eyes, which, although it looks a bit cool at first does rob them of a lot of expression. also, the people are drawn in a slighyly manga-esque style which in this book doesn’t do much for me.
the story is where the book leaves me a bit lukewarm, and i find this a little annoying because it should be so good. the setting is cool, the premise is nice, the plots are good, it has magic and goblins, so where does it go wrong? the stories are just a bit too shallow, i think. or not engaging enough. i didn’t really care about old courtney, which is a big stumbling block in a book with so much focus on its protagonist.
still, this isn’t a bad comic. i just didn’t enjoy it as much as i wanted to, which is why i’m so critical of it. i did like reading it. its a cute little gothic story and the art is good. and if book two happened to be lying in front of me i’d certainly read it.