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Gunnerkrigg Court Volume 2: Research Hardcover – March 30, 2010
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Caught up? Bought the book? Showered Tom Siddell with oodles of money? Good, because Volume 2 covers chapters 15 through 22 of Antimony Carver's time at Gunnerkrigg Court. The chapter count may appear meager when compared to the first volume's; however, the page count is still a respectable 265 (the number listed by Amazon as of the time of this writing is wrong). We learn more of Annie's time at Good Hope, the origin of the Court itself, and the identity of the mysterious ghost that haunts the Annan Waters. We also see Annie's first meeting with the trickster Coyote and catch a glimpse into the life of a previous generation at the school. Some questions are answered but the Court remains shrouded in mystery and you will find yourself wanting to learn more and more about the world it inhabits.
Tom's art, which improved drastically over the course of the first volume, continues to evolve through this collection (and indeed through the as-yet unpublished pages online).
The physical book itself, unfortunately, does not appear to be of the same quality as the first volume. While the paper that it is printed on is very nice and, as far as I can tell, identical to that of the first volume the binding of the signatures seems to be less secure.Read more ›
As I mentioned in my review of Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation, I find this web-comic as close to perfection as one can get. The writing is fantastic and the artwork is delightful, and both improve greatly in this book.
As with the first book, the chapters range from silliness to a cleverly written labyrinth of a tale. We learn more details about the Court and the characters residing there. With every mystery solved another rises to take its place.
The book itself is sadly not quite as well constructed of a hardcover as the first. The pages seem slightly thinner (as does the dust jacket) and while the binding seems fine, it doesn't feel quite as secure as the first. I am pleased to say that it still has full color glossy pages. I also personally like the cover art on this volume much more than the first book.
All in all though, I recommended it for everyone. As always, I'm already looking forward to the next book, even if you can read it for free on the website. It's good enough to reread while not online.
There's also the inclusion of the bonus story City Face which one can't help but find "super good."
All of this happens at a young-adult reading level, which makes the story even more interesting and accessible, so don't let any of this scare you--there are still tons of robots, monsters, specters, mythological beings, an ornery talking doll that houses the spirit of an alternately benevolent and destructive dragon, and everything in between to keep you completely entertained.
In this second installment, Annie's inherited ability to act as a medium between different spiritual planes begins to manifest more strongly, though all of this is addressed as stoically as ever by the unflinching protagonist. While this apparent cool indifference on Annie's part might come across as an inability to write children accurately, Siddell makes it clear that he can definitely write kids, introducing more boisterous, interesting classmates into the plot. As we meet more characters from both the past and the present, both young and old, each presents a strong, unique voice. The plot thickens, and we gain insight into the traumatic (and a bit shocking) circumstances that brought Annie to where she is now.
There's a great deal of emotional depth to these relatively simple stories, which still continue to surprise me with each page.Read more ›
Without giving too much away, the main character is Antimony (or "Annie") Carver. She begins attending Gunnerkrigg Court halfway through the school year and slowly starts to unveil the mysteries of the Court, their relationship with the forest that surrounds them, and the various oddities scampering about. (Robots, ghosts, spirits of possession, etc.)
Gunnerkrigg Court is an interesting mix of science and fantasy, covering a great range of characters throughout their time there. Annie is interesting, but she is flawed-- and no character is without one or two dark secrets. This is a great read-- you can visit gunnerkrigg.com to read it right now! And if you like it, the books are available both here and on Tom's website-- they are laid out comic book style and in full color. I am very happy to add the hard copies to my collection!
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I could send money when I read the webcomic, or I can support the artist by buying these and mske rereading easier.Published 1 month ago by M McKenzie
As always, Tom's writing and art is wonderful. My sole disappointment is that it didn't come with the cover folder, as illustrated, but that's just an aesthetic niptick anyway.Published 9 months ago by Gabriel Mira de Assumpção Peixoto
Excellent quality printing combined with a wonderful story. My family has been enjoying Gunnerkrigg court for years now. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Physics&Myth
Although these are published and available to read for free on the Internet, I have to keep a physical copy on my shelves so I can pour over them any time. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Eric W. Wallace
I have a nine year old, and she repeatedly read this book while we were on a car trip. It is exactly the right balance between serious and light-hearted. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Peter Buxton
I read this online and I absolutely love it but, particularly for any kind of graphic novel, it's so much better to have a hard copy. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by PepperminTea
This book is beautifully printed, with smooth shiny pages that are almost as tactilely pleasing as they are aesthetically pleasing. The art is gorgeous and the story is engaging. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by Marissa Armstrong
Gunnerkrigg Court is fantastic -- with engaging characters, a riveting plot, and gorgeous artwork, you won't regret purchasing this volume. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Rowan
"Hmm, an ominous passage, that plunges into blackness, sealed behind lock and chain."
"You know what this means"
"We must see where it... Read more