Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics, Volume 2

Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics, Volume 2

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Overview

Volume 2 of the award-winning graphic novel series from New York Times best-selling creator Ted Naifeh, collected in full-color softcover editions for the first time! Courtney Crumrin has learned a lot about magic after moving in with her great uncle Aloysius, and her education is far from over. Enter the Coven of Mystics, Hillsborough's mystical council, who ensure witches and wizards don't abuse their powers. Though sometimes things fall out of their jurisdiction... and when a night creature is blamed for crimes against the community, they'll do everything in their power to see justice done. Only one problem―the creature is innocent. But can Courtney find the real culprit before the Coven intervenes?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620104637
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Series: Courtney Crumrin Series , #2
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 622,233
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

Ted Naifeh first appeared in the independent comics scene in 1999 as the artist for Gloomcookie, the goth romance comic he co-created with Serena Valentino for SLG Publishing. After a successful run, Ted decided to strike out on his own, writing and drawing Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things, a spooky children’s fantasy series about a grumpy little girl and her adventures with her Warlock uncle. Nominated for an Eisner Award for best limited series, Courtney Crumrin’s success paved the way for Polly and the Pirates, another children’s book, this time about a prim and proper girl kidnapped by pirates convinced she was the daughter of their long-lost queen. Over the next few years, Ted wrote four volumes of Courtney Crumrin, plus a spin off book about her uncle. He also co-created How Loathsome with Tristan Crane, and illustrated two volumes of the videogame tie-in comic Death Junior with screenwriter Gary Whitta. More recently, he illustrated The Good Neighbors, a three volume graphic novel series written by New York Times best-selling author Holly Black, published by Scholastic. In 2011, Ted wrote the sequel to Polly and the Pirates, and illustrated several Batman short stories for DC Comics. In 2012, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Courtney Crumrin, he wrote and illustrated the final two volumes of the series. Currently, you can find Ted everywhere: from the pages of Batman ‘66 to his newest original series for adults, Night’s Dominion. Ted lives in San Francisco, because he likes dreary weather.

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Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics, Volume 2 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
bacillicide on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this one better than the first one. The first one was definitely more of an intro, and this had a more cohesive and interesting plot. It's quite deep for a children's comic, I was pleasantly surprised with the darkness of Courtney and the corruption in the "Coven of Mystics". They're adult subjects portrayed well. All in all, worth the read!
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this second book and just discovered that the author did indeed illustrate for Gloomcookie. I just love the darker, gothier graphic novels like this. I think I'll start reading his other works as well.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lots and lots of action in this volume with many story arcs and mini plots within the overall main plot of the series. It's been a year now and Courtney is quite the witch under her warlock Uncle Aloysius's tutelage. Courtney meets another grown witch, is invited to a cat meeting, confronts the most horrible hobgoblin then learns of a political plot within the warlock and witches' Coven. Courtney befriends a night thing whose life is in danger, Uncle Aloysius thinks he can handle things but it's left to Courtney in the end to uncover who is behind the horrible plot. So much going on in this book that it is a whirlwind ride, new characters both good and evil. Courtney's character is becoming much clearer. She has a huge attitude but a heart to match for the underdog. This volume gets pretty creepy and scary at times and all things do not end happily. Courtney's parents also no longer play a part of the story at this point as Courtney spends her time between school, with Uncle A., and in the forbidden woods. The book ends with Courtney ready to take on the world and I'm ready to take on the next book!
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Courney Crumrin series. I absolutely love this series. In this book Courtney has to face a darker foe than ever before and it was a fun and exciting read. Courtney Crumrin is settling in to both her new house and new school. She is learning how to deal with the Night Things better, but when a new and more horrible Night Thing threatens their community the local Coven of Mystics blame it on a Night Thing named Skarrow. Both Courtney and her uncles suspect that Skarrow is innocent, but they need to both protect the village from the horrible new Night Thing and prove Skarrow's innocence before the Mystics find and take him into custody.The story for this installment in the series was a lot more complicated than the last series. There were also a lot of fun things that happened. Courtney is a great character. She is tough and smart and sarcastic and funny. She grows a lot in this book too and finally starts to realize that it might be better to try and make some friends at school than always be by herself.Her uncle tries to keep Courtney out of many of the conflicts, but Courtney is stubborn and always involves herself. In the end she usually does more good than bad so it is all good. I really enjoy the relationship she has with her uncle; they both help each other out and really seem to care about one another. Uncle Aloysius is an awesome character. He has a good dry sense of humor, really cares about Courtney and can seriously kick butt with both his magic and his sword.There is a lot of action in this series and I loved how each chapter had an independent story as well as building on a larger story arc. I enjoyed the new types of Night Things we meet, I enjoyed Courtney's stent as a cat, and I enjoyed when she wandered down into the realm of the Night Things. The first book in the series I got as an ebook to review and that was in full color. This book was in black and white only and that made the illustration more lackluster than the full color version I had seen for the first book. Naifeh does an excellent job conveying facial expression and I never found the drawings or story confusing. The style of drawing is pretty cartoony for the characters' bodies, although the backgrounds are very detailed. In general the illustration did a good job of supporting the story; I just wish we could see this in full color like the first book.Overall I really, really enjoyed this book. It has an interesting and fun story that is complex. Courtney grows a lot in this book and begins to come into her own as a witch. We get to see a lot more of Uncle Aloysius in action; he is an awesome character. I highly recommend this for fans of fantasy graphic novels; this book is appropriate for middle grade and older. If you liked this book I would also recommend checking out Kazu Kibuishi's Amulet series or Jeff Smith's Bone series.
sszkutak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Background: Courtney Crumrin Volume Two the Coven of Mystics, Special Edition follows Courtney though more of the strange life of her anti-social uncle A. Trouble arises and uncle A is always called upon by the coven to go the dirty work, but when something criminal happens they do not listen to anything he has to say. It is up to Courtney and her band of underworld friends to make it all right.Review: I love this series, the first issue was intriguing but lacked character development, this one really focused on Courtney and the type person she is, creepy, strange, defiant, but also helpful to those she cares for. I really liked the progression of this story; characters from the last issue reappear and are here to help versus scare the crap out of her. Courtney as a character also grows, she is beginning to get the hang of this witch thing and the creatures that come with her new lifestyle. Wonderful read, Beautiful graphics.
BrynDahlquis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think I enjoyed it even more than the first Courtney Crumrin.
RGQuimby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More clever artwork and interesting storytelling from Naifeh, this time with a more coherent storyline than the previous volume (which was more episodic). Somehow, though, while Courtney's powers are growing and she is becoming more self-realized, she actually seems to be less likable. Naifeh's heroine is already brusque and sometimes less-than-lovable, but now the creator seems to be making Courtney less empathetic and more distant, rather than familiar and likable even in spite of her flaws. Courtney's actions at the end come off as more judgmental and self-righteous than heroic and impassioned.
terriko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book even more than the first! Courtney is starting to deal a little more with the regular world as well as the magical one, and it's very neat to see her growing and thinking more outside of herself.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
The first volume of Crumrin was more a collection of short stories about Courtney. The second installment was a single story. The book does a really swell job of keeping things shrouded in mystery, but still building the lore of the magical world Courtney lives in. Courtney herself is a bit of a hard read. Harsh exterior with a kind heart? Possibly. She walks the fine line between lovable rapscallion and obnoxious brat, with only slight and brief stumbles. Those stumbles tend to change the feel of the book. What feels like an all ages book most of the time, may possibly upset the youngest of readers. The world of Crumrin does feel vast and full of magic. Courtney herself is a unique character. She is similar to Kat Incorrigible, but with a punk edge. ARC reviewed by Chris for Book Sake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago