Amelia Cole and the Unknown World #2 Review
Short Version: Amelia Cole and the Unknown World #2 is a big step in the right direction for the series. Everything seems a little better in the second issue: more even pacing, a better over-all tone balance, and even the art seems to have taken a big step forward. The first issue was solid, but the second issue is even better.
Writers: Adam P. Knave and D.J. Kirkbride
Artist: Nick Brokenshire
Amelia Cole and the Unknown World #2 , as you might expect picks up right where Amelia Cole and the Unknown World #1 left off – with Amelia Cole … in an unknown world, although you didn’t get a good look at just how unknown the world was at the end of issue one. I enjoyed the first issue, but I am pleased to report that it is no where near as good as the second one. Honestly, Amelia Cole and the Unknown World #2 is a huge step forward for the series. The writing is sharper, the jokes are funnier, the art is even better. The characters have a lot of personality (both as written and as drawn) and the world feels visually coherent in a way that was certainly not a given taking into account the nature of the book. That is not meant to be a slight at the first issue, but the series finds its tone with this one. It does a great job toeing the line between serious and comedic, with a lot of banter-y dialogue, which I always enjoy. In Amelia Cole and the Unknown World #2, Amelia learns that while this new world looks familiar it is actually very different from the two worlds she knew about (one magical and one mundane). We also get our first look at what appears to be the villain of the story in Amelia Cole and the Unknown World #2, although that obviously could be wrong. The pacing is very good, we get a lot of interesting characters in Amelia Cole and the Unknown World #2 and I am really looking forward to seeing where Amelia Cole goes next now that the series has established the groundwork and found its footing (fairly quickly). I enjoyed the first issue of the series well enough, but – as of Amelia Cole and the Unknown World #2 – I am officially excited, which is a huge step in the right direction. As with all Monkeybrain Comics, Amelia Cole and the Unknown World #2 is available exclusively from Comixology for $1.99.
Has anyone else been reading Amelia Cole? What do you think of the divided world idea, where those that use magic and technology coexist but can’t interact? It reminds me a little if China Mieville’s The City and The City.