Review: Courtney Crumrin and The Night Things (Courtney Crumrin #1) by Ted Naifeh
My Rating: 3.8/5 Stars
I don’t read many graphic novels – if I had to guess, I’d say I read maybe five a year – but when I saw Courtney Crumrin, Volume 1 on NetGalley, I was intrigued. A dark, twisted story with plenty of humor, I really enjoyed reading this one.
Courtney’s parents have dragged her to live with her Great Uncle Aloysius at his creepy old mansion. Uncle Aloysius is getting up there in age and her parents are running out of credit to support their fantasy life, so moving into the old mansion seems like the best option for the two of them. Sure, the house is creepy, and her uncle is distant, but that’s nothing compared to the creatures lurking in the dark.
I really adored Courtney. She’s a tough character – she’s a sarcastic, loner, capable of taking care of herself. Even when she should be scared out of her mind, Courtney is relatively calm, at ease with the creatures surrounding her. It’s hard not to like her.
This is a graphic novel for young readers, yes, but it does have some crossover potential. It’s not the best story I’ve ever read, but it’s easy to enjoy. It’s dark, it’s funny, and once you finish volume one, you’ll be eager to continue on with volume two.
Note: You can actually read the entire series now. Volume one is being re-released as a [full color] hardcover in April.