Strange Academy #2
Written by Skottie Young
Art by Humberto Ramos
Colors by Edgar Delgado
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: The students navigate their first day of classes and one of them has an interesting question that no one is prepared to answer.
Emily wakes up for her first day of classes at Strange Academy and even though she is still thrilled and in awe of the fantastical sights of the place, she has a question nagging her. Iric and Doyle continue their mutual enmity throughout their classes until Iric decides to be late to a class being taught by Magik and Damian Hellstrom. For his trouble he and his laughing roommate are sent on a trip to hell while the rest of the class learns a valuable lesson about tardiness.
As the rest of the students go about their day and learn from everyone from Man-Thing to Scarlet Witch, Emily has a question to ask Zola. A question that will force the teacher to lie and even worse, reveal a secret that all of the teachers at the Academy are sharing.
The Story: Skottie Young makes this story fun with the tone and dialogue. The characters are varied and interesting and the interpersonal conflicts are engaging. As fun as the overall story is, Young does a really good job of sowing the seeds of bigger, more complex conflicts to come. Making Emily the catalyst for exploring those conflicts is a great choice. The story seen through her eyes not only allows for the fantastical elements to have resonance, but also for her question to Zola to have weight.
The Art: Humberto Ramos’ art is perfect for this title and these characters. There needs to be a sense of the fantastic and Ramos’ art delivers that along with beautifully detailed backgrounds and action.