Courtney Crumrin Vol 6: The Final Spell Finishes the Tale

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Cover for Courtney Crumrin The Final SpellTed Naifeh concludes the tale of Courtney Crumrin, the young witch of Hillsborough in Courtney Crumrin Vol. 6 The Final Spell. Courtney’s Uncle Aloysius has been ordered to hunt Courtney down as a renegade witch. If he brings her back, he will be given more of the potion keeping him alive; if he does not, he will die. Courtney goes on the run with Calpurnia, her tutor and one of Aloysius’ friends.

Courtney is as prickly as ever, trying to decide what kind of a person she wants to be in a world that provides very little guidance. She has done everything she is accused of, though readers of previous books will know the combinations danger, uncertainty, and power that led to her choices. Now, she has to fight her uncle, and she does not want to.

Naifeh’s art is, as ever, elegant, giving Courtney an uncertain, angular look and Aloysius a spiky powerful appearance. He also creates a severe, beautiful goblin town. The witch Cerridwen Olds and her strange bony constructs are a highlight of the book. Wulcinch’s colors are the strongest they have been through the series, adding layers of foreground and background and giving the book extra depth. All the special editions have been handsome hardcovers with their own bookmarks.

The ending wraps everything up. It is both a satisfactory ending and one that is slightly too tidy. After all the trouble and mess, all the loose ends get tucked in. On the other hand: We finally get to see who the narrator is.

Those who have been following Courtney’s tale from the beginning will enjoy this book. It is also recommended for fans of middle-grade fiction with prickly protagonists, unsure of quite who they want to be.

Courtney Crumrin: The Final Spell will be out on August 20, 2014. To preorder on Amazon, click here.

Publication Details
Author and artist: Ted Naifeh
Colorist: Warren Wucinich
Expected publication: August 20th 2014
Publisher: Oni Press
ISBN 1620100185 (ISBN13: 9781620100189)

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