Comic Review: Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 1: Orientation

Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 1: Orientation
Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 1: Orientation by Thomas Siddell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the story of Antimony, a young girl at a mysterious boarding school, who meets robots, forest spirits, mechanical birds, and some very strange classmates. With her friend, Kat, for backup, Antimony follows her curiosity, gets involved in some wild adventures, and stirs up strife between the technologically-advanced school and the forest spirits. And she somehow finds time to explore the library, and do her homework.

I loved the humor and sarcasm in this webcomic collection! Antimony is reserved, brave, and does what she wants. She’s kind and courageous and self-reliant, but she holds a bitterness and pain inside her, since her mother has died. She’s a beautifully complex character, and the perfect person to unravel the mysteries of Gunnerkrigg.

I like the art, and the panels are easy to follow. The mythical and spirit characters are wild and weird. I really loved how the story progressed, and enigmas and mysteries were drawn out and then resolved. Great writing, and I want to keep reading the rest!

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