Strange Academy #1
Written by Skottie Young
Art by Humberto Ramos
Colors by Edgar Delgado
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: New students gather for the first year of Strange Academy and we get to witness the emergence of a new generation of magic.
When Emily Bright discovers she has magical powers, she and her parents try to keep them a secret. When she discovers that her powers allow her to affect life and death, pushing herself to the limits of her abilities awakens a creature she cannot control. It will take the intervention of Zelma to stop the creature and begin a new chapter in the young girl’s life.
Zelma introduces Emily to the wonders of Strange Academy and its eclectic group of students. From different realms and planes of existence, the students of Strange Academy gather at the unique school to learn to harness and control their gifts under the guidance of Doctor Voodoo and a host of other magical instructors from Scarlet Witch to the Ancient One. When the students wonder why the Sorcerer Supreme himself isn’t at the school, they are surprised by their first introduction to magical battle and the man leading them into it.
The Story: This first issue is an insane amount of fun and Skottie Young strikes the perfect tone for the story with its mixture of wonder and whimsy. There are some great moments throughout the issue and the introduction of the characters is handled beautifully and with humor. Having characters like Loki chime in on events is fun to see and the story promises something new and different for the magical elements of the Marvel universe.
The Art: Humberto Ramos is the perfect artist to bring this story to life. Ramos’ style makes the young characters stand out with unique designs that are eye-catching. From the backgrounds to the details in the characters, Ramos is bringing something fun to the art in this issue.