'Courtney Crumrin' puts adolescent spin on supernatural genre
Courtney Crumrin‘s new monthly series is a fun supernatural adolescent adventure.
April 10th, 2012
02:14 PM ET

'Courtney Crumrin' puts adolescent spin on supernatural genre

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

Fans of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” who wanted a deeper, more mature story, your cries to the comic goddess have been answered. Today sees the release of Oni Press’ “Courtney Crumrin" No. 1, the start of a monthly series. This issue is a wonderful introduction to the character and her family.

For folks who are new to the Courtney Crumrin world, there are two trade paperbacks out.

Daniel Dean of Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, shared his perspective: “Ted Naifeh, writer and illustrator of 'Courtney Crumrin,' was first brought to my attention when I did an interview with Jennie Breeden, Georgia-based creator behind the successful webcomic Devil's Panties. I was already reading a lot of the other things she recommended so I figured, I've got to check this guy out, right?”

“Boy, I'm glad I did. While I'm more of a ‘Polly and the Pirates,’ also by Naifeh, man myself there's absolutely a spot in my heart for Courtney Crumrin, teen witch protagonist of a self-titled series of arcane adventures that puts Sabrina to shame.”

Naifeh's approach to the supernatural genre is a bit of a different one. It is neither broodingly morose nor overflowing with wide-eyed whimsy but strikes a good balance between the two and hits the sweet spot for this adolescent’s story. Naifeh has even been honored with an Eisner nomination for his work with the character, all of which is available in paperback collections.

Oni is a publisher that always puts a lot more effort into exploring the endless diversity of genres in the same way a well-written book of prose fiction does. Perhaps they have a “no superheroes” clause?

If you are strictly a Marvel or DC person and think of Dark Horse or Image as an outsider's voice, a smaller company like Oni is a seriously unique option to look at. To me, it is a true outside voice in the comic book world and one to be cherished.

“With spring break winding down and Free Comic Book Day on the horizon, I'm more vigilant than ever for high-quality all-ages and 13-and-up books I can recommend to my younger customers and their parents,” Dean said.

I agree, and “Courtney Crumrin" No. 1 absolutely makes the cut on my list.

So, until next week, go forth and read, my people. And the reading will be good!

Is there a comic out there that you really love? Let us know in the comments. We’re always looking for tips on good comics!

Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves on April 11. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

Oni Press

COURTNEY CRUMRIN ONGOING #1 $3.99
COURTNEY CRUMRIN SPEC ED HC VOL 01 $19.99
WASTELAND #36 (MR) $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Courtney Crumrin #1
Wasteland #36

DC COMICS

100 BULLETS HC BOOK 02 (MR) $49.99
BATGIRL #8 $2.99
BATMAN AND ROBIN #8 $2.99
BATMAN ARKHAM UNHINGED #1 $2.99
BATMAN BUST (RES) $70.00
BATMAN INCORPORATED DELUXE HC VOL 01 (RES) $29.99
BATMAN NO MANS LAND TP VOL 02 NEW EDITION $29.99
BATWOMAN #8 $2.99
DEATHSTROKE #8 $2.99
DEMON KNIGHTS #8 $2.99
FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #8 $2.99
GREEN LANTERN #8 $2.99
GREEN LANTERN #8 COMBO PACK $3.99
GREEN LANTERN THE ANIMATED SERIES #1 $2.99
GRIFTER #8 $2.99
HITMAN TP VOL 06 FOR TOMORROW $29.99
I VAMPIRE TP $29.99
LEGION LOST #8 $2.99
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES WHEN EVIL CALLS TP $29.99
MISTER TERRIFIC #8 $2.99
NORTHLANDERS #50 (MR) $2.99
RESURRECTION MAN #8 $2.99
SHADE #7 (OF 12) $2.99
SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE LOSERS TP VOL 01 $19.99
SUICIDE SQUAD #8 $2.99
SUPERBOY #8 $2.99
TEEN TITANS PRIME OF LIFE TP $19.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Batgirl #8
Batman & Robin #8
Batwoman #8
Deathstroke #8
Demon Knights #8
Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE #8
Green Lantern #8
Green Lantern: The Animated Series #1
Grifter #8
Legion Lost #8
Mister Terrific #8
Resurrection Man #8
Suicide Squad #8
Superboy #8
The Shade #7
Batman Beyond #5

MARVEL COMICS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HOOKY #1 $4.99
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #2 WITH DIG CDE $3.99
AVENGERS COMING OF AVENGERS #1 $3.99
AVENGERS VS X-MEN ITS COMING TP $19.99
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #6 WITH DIG CDE OMEGA $3.99
BLACK PANTHER MDMA KINGPIN OF WAKANDA TP $16.99
CARNAGE USA #5 (OF 5) $3.99
DAREDEVIL SEASON ONE PREM HC WITH DIG CDE $24.99
DEADPOOL #53 $2.99
ESSENTIAL AVENGERS TP VOL 08 $19.99
FANTASTIC FOUR #605 $2.99
FORMIC WARS SILENT STRIKE #5 (OF 5) $3.99
GOLDFISH GN HC (MR) $24.99
HALO FALL OF REACH INVASION #3 (OF 4) $3.99
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #636 $2.99
MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS EARTHS MIGHTIEST HEROES #1 $2.99
MIGHTY THOR #12.1 $2.99
MMW CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 06 $59.99
MMW CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 06 DM VAR ED 178 $59.99
NEW AVENGERS #24 AVX $3.99
NEW MUTANTS TP UNFINISHED BUSINESS VOL 04 $16.99
OMEGA EFFECT BY ADI GRANOV POSTER $8.99
PUNISHERMAX FRANK TP $19.99
PUNISHERMAX HOMELESS PREM HC $19.99
SCARLET SPIDER #4 $2.99
SECRET AVENGERS #25 $3.99
SECRET SERVICE #1 (OF 7) (MR) $2.99
SPIDER-MAN COMPLETE BEN REILLY EPIC TP BOOK 04 $39.99
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #10 WITH DIG CDE $3.99
UNCANNY X-MEN #10 $3.99
UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC $99.99
UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC DM VAR ED $99.99
WINTER SOLDIER #4 $2.99
WOLVERINE #304 $3.99
X-MEN LEGACY LOST LEGIONS TP $16.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Daredevil Season One
Deadpool #53
Wolverine #304
Mighty Thor #12.1
Carnage USA #5
Formic Wars: Silent Strike #5
Avengers Assemble #2
Winter Soldier #4
Fantastic Four #605
Avenging Spider-Man #6
Avengers: The Coming Of The Avengers! #1
Journey Into Mystery #636
Amazing Spider-Man: Hooky #1
Ultimate Comics X-Men #10
New Avengers #24
Secret Avengers #25
Scarlet Spider #4
Uncanny X-Men #10

IDW PUBLISHING

COBRA ONGOING #12 $3.99
DANGER GIRL REVOLVER #3 (OF 4) $3.99
DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS FORGOTTEN REALMS 100 PG $7.99
INFESTATION 2 #2 (OF 2) $3.99
OZ TREASURY ED $9.99
SMOKE AND MIRRORS #2 (OF 5) $3.99
ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS ASHLEY WOOD PORTFOLIO SET $20.00

Digital Same Day As Print

G.I. Joe: Cobra Ongoing Vol. 2 #12
Infestation II #2
Smoke & Mirrors #2
Transformers: Autocracy #7
Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms 100 Page Spectacular One shot
Danger Girl: Revolver #3

IMAGE COMICS

68 SCARS #1 (OF 4) CVR A JONES (MR) $3.99
68 SCARS #1 (OF 4) CVR C JONES (MR) $3.99
AMERICAS GOT POWERS #1 (OF 6) $2.99
ARTIFACTS #16 $3.99
EPOCH #5 (OF 5) $3.99
GLORY #25 $2.99
HAUNT #23 $2.99
INFINITE HORIZON TP $17.99
PETER PANZERFAUST #3 (MR) $3.50
SAGA #2 (MR) $2.99
SECRET #1 $3.50
SEVERED HC (MR) $24.99
STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE TP VOL 01 (MR) $14.99
THIEF OF THIEVES #3 $2.99

Digital Same Day As Print

68 Scars #1
Americas Got Powers #1
Artifacts #16
Epoch #5
Glory #5
Haunt #23
Infinite Horizon TP
Peter Panzerfaust #3
Saga #2
Secret #1
Severed HC
Strange Talent Of Luther Strode TP Vol 01
Thief Of Thieves #3

DARK HORSE COMICS

ALABASTER WOLVES #1 (OF 5) RUTH CVR $3.50
BERSERK TP VOL 21 (MR) $14.99
BRODYS GHOST BOOK 03 $6.99
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #8 JEANTY VAR CVR $2.99
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #8 NOTO CVR $2.99
CLASSIC MARVEL CHARACTERS FF #3 HUMAN TORCH $49.95
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #3 CARNEVALE CVR $3.50
DARK MATTER #4 (OF 4) $3.50
DOLLHOUSE EPITAPHS TP VOL 01 $18.99
DOMO DRESS MAGNET SET $8.99
LOBSTER JOHNSON THE BURNING HAND #4 (OF 5) JOHNSON CVR $3.50
MAGIC KNIGHT RAYEARTH DARK HORSE OMNIBUS ED VOL 02 (RES) $19.99
ORCHID #6 (MR) $3.50
STAR WARS AGENT O/T EMPIRE IRON ECLIPSE #5 (OF 5) $3.50
STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC WAR #4 (OF 5) $3.50

Dynamite Entertainment

BIONIC WOMAN #1 $3.99
KEVIN SMITH BIONIC MAN #8 $3.99
LORD OF THE JUNGLE #3 (MR) $3.99
VAMPIRELLA MASTERS SERIES TP VOL 07 $19.99
VAMPIRELLA VS DRACULA #3 $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Bionic Woman #1
Kevin Smith: Bionic Man #8
Lord Of The Jungle #3
Vampirella Vs. Dracula #3

BOOM! Studios

ADVENTURE TIME #3 $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Adventure Time #3

Zenescope

GFT ALICE IN WONDERLAND #4 A CVR CHEN (MR) $2.99
GFT ALICE IN WONDERLAND #4 B CVR SEJIC (MR) $2.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Grimm Fairy Tales- Alice in Wonderland #4

Archie Comics

BETTIE PAGE IN DANGER #3 (MR) $9.95
BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #200 $3.99
KEVIN KELLER #2 $2.99
MEGA MAN #12 $2.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Kevin Keller #2
Megaman #12
Knuckles Archives Vol.2 TP

Vertigo

SAUCER COUNTRY #2 (MR) $2.99
UNWRITTEN #36 (MR) $2.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Saucer Country #2
The Unwritten #36

Comic List is via Previews World
Digital List is via ComiXology

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Alex

    That girl is not Courtney but a "friend". Courtney is blond and has no nose.

    April 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  2. podunda

    She looks like the girl from Men in Black carrying the Quantum Physics book

    April 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  3. Seraphim0

    The color and some of the art style seems to be inspired by MM and his hellboy series. Could be interesting.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm |