Comic Book Review: Amelia Cole and the Unknown World # 1 from #Monkeybrain

Amelia Cole and the Unknown World,
where the real world and magic meet.

Amelia Cole and the Unknown World # 1 from D.J. Kirkbride and Adam P. Knave (Writers) with art by Nick Brokenshire is the first comic in a new series from Monkeybrain Comics about Amelia Cole’s life after she finds herself in a new, unknown world (you may have gotten that from the title). We meet the eponymous Ms. Cole fighting a giant monster in the middle of a city, trying to fight it off with her magic wand. It’s a ‘magic in the real world’ story with a twist. There are two known worlds in Amelia Cole and the Unknown World: A magic world and a non-magic world. The non-magic world is our own. The magic world appears to track closely to ours with the exception that it is infused with magic. Police officers have wands and can sense large bursts of magical energy. Amelia can travel between the world via doors, however those doors must be anchored on a real wall. The protagonist’s troubles begin when she realizes that the demon she is fighting is in the mundane world, not the magical world where it would be less, well, out of place (although, I mean, it’s still a demon, so I imagine it wouldn’t be terrible in place there, either). 

The art is very nice and does a good job of conveying motion. The book starts off fast, getting you into the action immediately, but falls back into exposition mode after that (With some mild tension thrown in there, but it’s mostly introducing you to the worlds that Amelia inhabits). There is one point at the end (you’ll probably know it when you see it) that struck me as a little deus ex machina-y and sort of out of place, but it didn’t detract from the entire feel of the book. 

I’m very interested to see where Kirkbride and Knave take Amelia Cole next. We don’t know much about Amelia yet, so it is difficult to judge her as a character and the first book ends on a cliff hanger, but I will definitely be giving issue number two a pick up. If you like magical stories set in the real world (Dresden Files comes to mind, although this is not a detective story, so it is not a perfect analogy) this is a great book for you to pick up. It looks like we’ll have to wait for the second issue to really see the direction of the series, but I’m interested in where it’s going and that is worth a lot. The book Amelia Cole and the Unknown World is the only ‘full length’ book in the Monkeybrain launch and costs $1.99 on Comixology

Score: 7 out of 10

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03. July 2012 by Michael
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