Strange Academy (2020-) #9 by Skottie Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It’s Parent’s Day at the Strange Academy and, while it’s no secret that I love this book, this is by far the best issue so far.
This issue focuses on Doyle Dormammu and Calvin who both have reason to avoid Parent’s Day. Doyle’s dad won’t be attending due to him being the Dread Dormammu and Calvin’s an orphan (who has some serious issues with his previous foster parents), so instead they bunk off and get up to mischief together.
Meanwhile, Emily’s mother terrorises Parent’s Day, including Loki, with her competitive streak.
It’s funny, it’s fun, there’s a hint of darkness…it’s Strange Academy. If you love Strange Academy then you’ll love this. If you don’t love Strange Academy then why are you still reading after nine issues?
And, of course, I also love Ramos’s art. The character’s are distinct and expressive, they have a wide range of body shapes, and the backgrounds are rich and detailed when they need to be, and expressive when they don’t. Edgar Delgado’s colours also deserve a shout out. Having Doyle’s head change from orange to pink when he’s embarrassed/thinking about Emily is a particularly nice touch.
This book, while excellent from the start, is really hitting its stride now and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these kids.