The first Courtney Crumrin was one of those rare comics that paid heed to the true nature of kids and also slightly subverted the common template that such coming of age stories often offer. Instead of reclaiming her place among her peers, Courtney accepted being an outsider and the solitude that comes with it. This second Courtney Crumrin series is a consequent and excellent exploration of what happens next.
Accepting being an outsider and who you really are is all good, but just because the people around you have shunned you, doesn’t mean that complete isolation from them is really the best option of going on with things. Courtney has to learn the hard way that turning your back on the world can have it disadvantages too.
The first series was already great, but this follow-up is even better, showing a Courtney who is both cunning and yet deep down still a kid whose trying to find her way. I really like the way how Courtney and her uncle are contrasted. On one hand does Courtney molds herself after her uncle, one the other hand does she things her own way, trying to find a better balance between involvement in the community and her solitary urges.