Amelia Cole and the Unknown World is a wondrous fantasy series about magic, mythical creatures and dimension traveling. Available exclusively through ComiXology from Monkey Brain Comics, the convenience and the price make this already awesome series a no-brainer to read.
Amelia Cole is a very Harry Potter-esque story. Wands and magic prevail, and humans live alongside mythical and down-right strange creatures. The only difference in this world is that mages are higher-ups in society and non-mages are looked down upon, usually poor. Amelia Cole has been transported from her world to this world and is dealing with the drastic changes, not in the scenery, but in the way society works. Mages aren’t allowed to help non-mages and Amelia does not agree with that at all. The only problem is that helping non-mages with using magic is against the law.
This issue sets up Amelia to be a sort of vigilante. That in it of itself is a grand advancement and is shaping this series up to be something really special. Amelia is also soul-searching, trying to find out why a wrench can be used as a wand, what happened to her parents and why he aunt Dani sent her to this world. Amelia Cole is an astounding character full of witty charm and a pure heart. She just wants to help people, and she remains calm and cool, while maybe letting her collect slip at times to show that she’s still only human. Knave and Kirkbride have crafted such a refreshing female lead character in Amelia Cole, and plopped her in an awesome world unlike any other.
Nick Brokenshire is a He-man of an artist with Amelia Cole. He does it all, pencils, inks and colors. Everything is bright and beautiful, reinforcing the light-hearted yet serious tone of the story. I love looking at this comic. I seriously cannot express that enough. I have a hard time pulling my eyes away from the images to read the text! He has also taken the same creativity as the writers with the subject matter. Everything is so unique! The magic spells are amazing and the strange creatures are awesome.
This issue has great highlights of humor and also great undertones of a darker plot. Amelia Cole is such a compelling new character, and I’m so glad she isn’t sexualized or stereotyped. She’s a great individual in a fantastic universe. I highly recommend this series!
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