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Courtney Crumrin Volume 1: The Night Things Special Edition Hardcover – April 11, 2012


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  • Series: Courtney Crumrin
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press; Special ed edition (April 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934964778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934964774
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The artwork works well with the story.
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The series which was obviously conceived as a horror for kid, quickly turned to be the title for adults... those that are children at heart.
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I was really happy to see that the Courtney Crumrin books were being reissued in special hardcover editions in full color.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Anne Calabia on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As an adult reader familiar with urban fantasy, Ted Naifeh's tale of an awkward young girl moving into an old uncle's creepy house may seem typical, if not downright cliche. The usual elements come into play within the first volume alone: the forbidden library full of spell books, the goblin market, the nemesis.

Thankfully, Courtney Crumrin is a plucky female lead. She's completely no-nonsense, and she's a twenty-first century child, despite feeling older than her years. She makes the older fantasy elements of her story seem fresh again. Disenchanted with her parents' stupidities and bullied by her peers, Courtney embarks on a tentative friendship with her mysterious granduncle, who occasionally saves her from her own mistakes.

Appropriate for younger readers, Courtney is probably a character many children can relate to and appreciate. She's not a Hermione Granger. She doesn't have the answers to anything beforehand. Yet she emerges from each scrape a wiser person, with each chapter seemingly a cautionary tale on messing what one does not comprehend. Courtney doesn't fully understand the magic she's dabbling in, and her uncle is not going to spoon-feed her any answers. Thus, her own solutions to her problems are amusing and imaginative. This volume is a solid start to a series that one should read to the kids.

(This review previously appeared in the San Francisco/Sacramento Book Reviews.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Culler on April 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've been a fan of Ted Naifeh's works for quite a few years now. I was really happy to see that the Courtney Crumrin books were being reissued in special hardcover editions in full color. The book looked great in black and white and looks great in color as well. Naifeh has a fairly distinctive art style that works very well for his stories.

The new ongoing Courtney Crumrin also looks very nice and should provide more material for future collections once the current line of reprints is completed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. McGrath on June 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A fun new graphic novel about a young girl who doesn't fit in. I loved the main character Courtney. She is cynical, smart, and cool. The story is interesting and dark. It takes place in an old creepy mansion in the ritzy part of town. Courtney has just moved into her Uncle's place with her idiotic parents, but cannot seem to fit in, even though she doesn't try very hard.

The biggest problem I had with this book is that they seemed to drop plot lines right as they got interesting. Someone gets eaten, oh well! Must save the baby, who can be bothered! Your life has been stolen, go away...okay! I don't understand. Maybe if Mr. Naifeh used the entire novel for one plot line it would have been a more developed story.

On the plus size it was a very fast read and the illustrations were great. As other reviewers stated, I am not sure why Courtney is noseless. Very strange...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Right from page one the graphic work impresses. Moody, with a nice attention to detail. Very expressive characters. Good set pieces, but also a nice sense of action in some of the panels.

I started out much less impressed by the story. Grumpy girl, with foolish parents, makes wisecrack comments, has trouble fitting in and just spreads gloomy sourness around. Her creepy uncle is a "type"; the rich girls at school are all mean; the oblivious parents are dopes, and the wisecracks were all clever, but still sort of predictable. I kept reading though, because I just got the feeling that there was another, better book right around the corner.

Then, a quarter of the way through the novel just takes off and one's patience is rewarded. (And I've read all of the later volumes; the quality remains sustained throughout the series.) SPOILER ALERT. Once Courtney starts to interact with her great-Uncle the narrative begins to perk up. The trip to the Goblin market really fills out and sells the fantasy side of what was, up to then, just a grumpy teen grumble fest. This is where the best and most detailed graphic work really shines. And best of all, once that episode wraps up and it feels like the tale is winding down, a whole new chapter starts up. This second independent tale very slyly turns the tables on the whole sour Courtney angle, wakes up the Courtney character, and builds momentum for and interest in the next Crumrin volume.

So, while I can't pretend to be a graphic novel connoisseur, it certainly seems like this effort is toward the high end of the genre, and would be a very nice place to start if you are in the mood to sample or experiment.

Please note that I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a frank review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Baker on August 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
While the name doesn't roll of the tongue, there's something I particularly like about Courtney, she's a typical child who has rich parents, but wants to be normal. They move in with her creepy great, great, great uncle or something like that. The first issue seems pretty average and you start thinking about putting it down until strange things start happening. She discovers a spell book and things under her bed at night. A little gremlin creature steals the baby boy she is supposed to baby sit. She gets sent off to another world and her uncle saves her. It's what she sees and how she deals with it all that makes her such a unique character.

The art style is fantastic. I highly recommend the color versions because the black and white doesn't do it justice. The creatures are drawn very strangely and they are like nothing else, not gory and horror like, yet still childish in a way. The spidery art style is similar to maybe Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, but with its own twist. Towards the end Courtney sees what kind of powers she has and also how dangerous they are. It's nice to see her want to go back to being her normal self instead of being power hungry, but you get to go deep into her head because the whole narrative is her thoughts. That's something very different and unique about this comic compared to most.

The 4 part series feels like a mini-adventure and it will have you hooked and coming back for more. Courtney may be the only main character, but the writers made Uncle Aloycius so mysterious that you really want to know more about him. He seems like the cool and mysterious old uncle that everyone wants, but you're not quite sure. The only issue with this series is that it seemed to hit a few dry spots here and there, but at least they didn't last long. Night Things is an amazing comic for people who want something that's not full of scantily clad women and super heroes.
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