Strange Academy #5 by Skottie Young

Strange Academy #5Strange Academy #5 by Skottie Young
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series continues to be pure, unadulterated fun.

Ramos’s art is magnificent and fits the book perfectly. We’re still getting to know the characters, and my one criticism would be that such a big cast of new characters is making it hard to get to know anybody. But maybe I’m just old. I’m sure if I was younger I’d know who everyone is and probably read or written multiple fan fics about them all.

The conversation between Doctor Strange and Brother Voodoo about prophecies was particularly good. It’s definitely fun seeing their egos butt up against each other.

But, honestly, this could really only be better if it was drawn by Chris Bachalo.

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Strange Academy (2020-) #4 by Skottie Young

Strange Academy (2020-) #4Strange Academy (2020-) #4 by Skottie Young
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The students play a game of door tag, which takes them hopping across dimensions until Emily ends up in Weirdworld, where she meets Catbeast, a cute little creature who is most certainly a wizard in disguise.

This is fun, whimsical, beautiful fun. Humberto Ramos is at his best here, crafting weird and wonderful new worlds. Skottie Young has created a cast of charming characters and seems to be weaving a tale full of mystery. My only complain is that we haven’t really got to know the cast too well yet, but that will come in time, I hope.

As this book is set in a magic school, comparisons to Harry potter are inevitable, but Harry Potter drew on a tradition of boarding school and, indeed, magical school literature that has a long heritage that this book simply adds to.

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