Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things: 10/18/12
Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things by Ted Naifeh is the first in a YA paranormal graphic novel series. Although published originally in 2003, it's been reissued in color.
The book opens with Courtney and her family moving in with a great uncle. He's basically a hermit, shacked up in his dilapidated mansion on the edge of a wealthy but severely dysfunctional (think Stepford Wives) town.
At home Courtney faces all sorts of strange night creatures invading the house and her room. At school she faces alienation and bullying. Courtney, though, quickly grows sick of both bad situations and takes manners into her own hands.
Now while The Stepford Wives had a manmade problem, this town is at the mercy of something completely paranormal. Fans of The Replacement or The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making will probably like the Courtney Crumrin series.
My only minor complaint is the artwork. I'm not a fan of the claw like fingers that Naifeh's characters usually have. Here though, I got so wrapped up in the story that I began to neglect the artwork.
Read via NetGalley