Amulet 4: The Last Council: 07/11/12
Amulet 4: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi, Emily, friends and family arrive at Cielis, hopeful that the Sky Council will be able to help. Before that can happen, though, Emily must prove her worth to them.
Cielis is very much like the Emerald City, albeit one that has fallen on hard times. It's not just an ineffective one — the Wizard — stepping in for a missing leader — Ozma. Like Chip in This Perfect Day (link to review), Emily and friends have been deceived. Most of The Last Council, then, is the chronicle of Emily and the others discovering the truth in their own way.
As with previous volumes, Kibuishi's luscious artwork is a delight. He's able to convey so much of the story through the pictures, that I will often skim ahead just looking at the pictures. Then I go back and read the speech bubbles. The Amulet series remains at the top of my list of favorite middle grade graphic novels.