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Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 3: Reason Hardcover – August 23, 2011

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Focusing more on the main story line and less on the delightfully baffling tangents, this third print volume of the webcomic follows Antimony Carver as she digs deeper into the history of the schism between her puzzling and cavernous boarding school and the surrounding wilderness, home to threatening yet alluring animal spirits and even deeper mysteries. While the story is growing darker as it gets thornier, there’s still a finely tuned balance of odd quirks and sly humor (mostly thanks to an ancient demon trapped in Antimony’s stuffed animal). Siddell’s deep-purple artwork is as gorgeous as ever. Grades 8-12. --Ian Chipman

About the Author

Thomas Siddell is English, and resides in Birmingham. He has a day job as an animator for a video game company, and he rides the bus to work every day. He hates Boxbot. He really, REALLY hates Boxbot.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment; Reprint edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936393239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393237
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Riley on August 17, 2011
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Gunnerkrigg Court book 3: Reason, manages to somehow improve upon the already amazing story set up in books one and two. The artistic quality has improved, and the story keeps getting deeper. With "Reason" Tom Siddell has taken the rather comical story of Annie and Kat and, while keeping the humor, has made it a darker place. Revelations to several of the big questions in the series are answered in this book, and as most could guess from previous events, some of the answers leave both the cast and the readers with a sense of sorrow to the extent that it tries to make you question if you really wanted answers. This stands as the darkest chapters thus far in the Gunnerkrigg Court story. Between finishing the "Jack" story ark that has been running for some time now, and giving more information on a certain ghost, we begin to see the less pleasant aspects of the Court and its history.

Now, don't let my above comments make you think that the comedy has been replaced entirely with drama. Far from it. We still get a story with robotic cows that shoot lasers from their eyes and other such delightful subject matter. As a bonus, there is the inclusion of City Face 2 which is the "super good" story of a pigeon becoming a... human businessman? Something like that.

In terms of book quality, as in the actual hardcopy, I would say the quality is more like book one. My only complaints with the previous book was that the binding seemed like it wasn't quite as well constructed as the first. This volume I have no such complaints. The pages seem better constructed and the cloth binding is in the back (something book 2 did not have).

In conclusion: Gunnerkrigg Court is worth your time and money even if you have read it online.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Biblibio VINE VOICE on August 25, 2011
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This third volume of the wonderful webcomic "Gunnerkrigg Court" finds the story taking a dark turn. Annie and Kat continue their journey into the Court's history, making new friends and learning much about the Court and Forest. The book jumps in feet-first, immediately whisking the reader off to a seemingly simple, humorous Dr. Disaster story, instead leading to clear plot and character developments. From there, the story does not relent, reminding readers that author and artist Tom Siddell is in full control of his comic.

In "Reason", we see our girls growing up. The book starts in the middle of their second year and gradually progresses through to the end. It's through this we see Annie attempting to set aside her shy, somewhat cold persona in an attempt to better socialize (and provide Kat with equal socializing opportunities). We are reintroduced to familiar side characters, watching them grow from mere background cutouts to flesh and blood characters. Favorites return for new adventures as we join Annie in her quests to better understand the Court and its increasingly sketchy history.

In this volume, we see the start of a separation between Annie and Kat, as marked by their respective abilities. Annie learns more about her etheric abilities, developing them from the mere ability to summon a blinker stone through using her stone for trickery, and even applying her etheric abilities in the real world. Her lessons are not limited, though, simply to knowledge of the etheric - Annie learns about friendship, love and even about her own personal heritage. Kat, meanwhile, progresses in the field of robotics and technology. Ever tech-savvy, she continues in her struggle to build Robot the perfect body.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 6, 2011
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I'm not the typical fan of this type of book, but I got hooked on the Internet version of it right from the beginning. The characters are interesting, the story is intriguing, and the artwork is first class. I own all three of the printed books and will pre-order the next one the moment I'm able to.

I only wish that the Internet version was updated daily instead of 3 times a week. Even then, I'm not sure how the author can produce the artwork - never mind keeping an interesting story line - at that pace.

Read the Internet version. Bookmark this product page first though, because you'll want to come back here to order the book.
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By para on December 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"I would never hurt them."
"They do not know that."

This volume collects the chapters 23-31 of the webcomic Gunnerkrigg Court. The comic follows Antimony Carver through her years at the mysterious titular school, and builds as it goes along. Starting at the beginning is best.

I absolutely loved the first two volumes of GC. Antimony and Kat's adventures were engaging, quirky fun. There was a strong backstory developing about the school and their parents and some intriguing hints dropped about the nature of the court and its relationship with the forest across the bridge. It had unique charm in abundance and constantly made me want to read more.

I'm recounting this in detail because I was extremely (and pleasantly) surprised to find volume 3 a significant step up in every way. I really didn't consider it possible to be so much more blown away as the comic progressed given the high quality it already achieved, but the way things come together in these chapters is just amazing. Siddell takes full advantage of the carefully layered hints and foreshadowing he's been providing to give a succession of emotional developments and reveals that unfold logically, resolve several long running plot threads, and set up intriguing new plotlines. The escalating tension is just masterfully done.

We get information about the origins of the court, the mysterious Jeanne, and the father of all robots. In the present we see the effects of recent events with Zimmy and Jack, learn more about Coyote and his forest, and get great development on not only our leads but also many supporting characters. Jones, Parley and Ysengrin shine particularly here.
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