Amelia Cole is completely out of place. After being forced to abandon both worlds she new in the first issue, she arrives in a new world totally unfamiliar. It seems this new realm is a mix of the magic and non-magic worlds she was accustomed to. Being used to both, she tries to make a go of fitting in straight away. Of course, this previously unknown realm isn’t exactly what it appears to be.
Nick Brokenshire does a great job giving the pencils on this book a very classic look. It’s the right amount of detail laced in with the comic-booky looks of the cast. His background work on the city streets is very impressive. No corners are cut using single color backgrounds, giving the scenes great authenticity. Brokenshire’s coloring also works extremely well, with the bright magic popping off the page in the dreary city landscape.
The opening scene is actually my favorite of the book. Amelia finds herself lost in a strange land, so he does what any lonely person with the ability to use magic would do. She builds herself a friend. Her construction of her trash golem and their following exploits is a wonderfully well-timed comedic scene. It also gives the first hint that the way magic works in this world might not be the way Amelia is accustomed to. After a few more adventures in her new surroundings, Amelia comes across someone in peril. In attempting to save them she finds out that magic and technology may not mesh as well in this world as they first appeared to. A new mysterious character is introduced and gives clues to the larger story that seems to be unfolding.
Amelia Cole #2 is a fun take on the “magic in the modern day” scenario. The added twist of travel between worlds/dimensions can make for countless story possibilities in the future. This being only the second issue, there is still much more to learn about the main character. She seems to take many of the jarring, life changing events that have happened over the last two issues in great stride. Is this a testament to the character, or just a reflection of the more light-hearted tone the series has had so far? Knave, Kirkbride, and Brokenshire are just getting started building a brand new fictional world. A healthy mix of magic and modern day, I’m sure they have many more surprises in store for the title character. Issue 2 raised a lot of questions about the new realm Amelia Cole finds herself trapped in. How well she will adapt, and what forces are working against her, will be interesting to see.
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