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Gunnerkrigg Court Volume 4: Materia Hardcover – 12 Aug 2013

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Age Range: 9 years and up
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment; 01 edition (12 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936393999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393992
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 21 cm
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Thomas Siddell is English, and resides in Birmingham. He has a day job as an animator for a video game company, and he rides the bus to work every day. He hates Boxbot. He really, REALLY hates Boxbot.

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Fans of Gunnerkrigg Court don't need any prompting to buy dead tree editions although the entire story is available on line of course.
And if you don't know Antimony Carver and what makes her so... special... I'd suggest you hie to the site and read it on line, all the way through.
However the internet, despite the permanency of ill-advised blogs and tweets by twits, can't beat the pleasure of seeing Tom Siddells brilliant art and story in your hands. This edition is superbly printed and bound - buy it while you can, it will be a collectable, tomorrow.
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This came in a bundle with the third book so the quality and condition of both books are the same. Both books arrived in excellent condition and are both brand new, if you have never read any of these books before I would highly recommend these books to any adults and children alike as they both tell a good story are funny as well as interesting.

Good service, fast delivery overall excellent products.
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Although I have read all these online, having the book makes a huge difference in how one reads the stories. Colours and artwork look great, no regrets at all having this on my shelf although I suspect some other members of my household will steal it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story that keeps getting better 3 Aug. 2013
By William H. Ansley - Published on Amazon.com
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Materia, the fourth volume of Gunnerkrigg Court, continues the absorbing tale of Antimony Carver (known as Annie) and her fellow classmates at the strangest school since Hogwarts. Gunnerkrigg Court (often referred to only as the Court), is, like Hogwarts, a boarding school run on the British system. The school seems to be located in Great Britain, but it may not be quite the same as the Great Britain of our world. While it is an important setting for much of the series, it plays a much less central role in Annie's story than Hogwarts did in Harry Potter's. Among the many mysteries in Gunnerkrigg Court is the question of just what the Court actually is: As the main characters realize early on, it is far more than just a school.

Gunnerkrigg Court is a science fantasy comic. While it was initially published online and is available to read for free at the comic's website (which you can easily find with any search engine), it is formatted to fit on a standard A5 page, and looks great in print. If you enjoy the comic, it is well worth the purchase price to have it available in the well-made and handsome volumes published by Archaia.

The comic is aimed at young adult readers. but will appeal to many older readers as well, especially those who appreciate science fiction and fantasy. Gunnerkrigg Court recounts the adventures of Annie and her best friend Kat Donlan (and others) as they attend classes, live their lives, and investigate the mysteries of the Court. Annie and her friends also get involved in the political intrigues between the Court and Gillitie Wood which is a forest near the Court and the other major power in the world of Gunnerkrigg Court. The wood is inhabited by fantastic beings including Coyote, the trickster god. While Coyote is never given an explicit title beyond his name (he is always addressed as Coyote with a capital 'C'), he is treated as the leader of Gillitie Wood by the leaders of the Court.

The story features excellent writing and vivid characterizations with several strong female characters. It is genuinely funny and frightening, exciting and touching. It is a tale of friendship and hatred, beauty and ugliness, triumph and tragedy, technology and magic. The story is episodic, being made up of many self-contained chapters, but also tells an overarching story of the characters struggling to untangle the many mysteries surrounding them. The numerous characters are drawn from both science fiction (be prepared for a great many robots) and fantasy, including beings from mythologies from around the world. If you enjoy a good fantasy tale, you owe it to yourself to check out this series; you will be hard put to find a better one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder! Intrigue! Good times. 3 Sept. 2013
By Vanessa R. Sealedge - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been reading this comic online since it barely started, 2 or 3 chapters in. It's FREE. I am stingy by nature and yet this is one of those things that I must place on my shelf; not JUST: to read away from computer, to lend out, for author support, for reading to my kids one day, but because it is also that enjoyable to read again.

I like the characters and their development, the pacing, the art style (and evolution of that style), how imagery plays a powerful role in describing a scene, the gender roles(lack there of), the tone of the story (both lighthearted and dark), a lot of the dialog, and of course the author comments (online).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story... 28 Jan. 2014
By MamaCat - Published on Amazon.com
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I discovered this series on the Web and was fascinated by its blending of technology and mysticism... and because I believe I'm better served by this author's continuing to be able to write and draw this story than if he was waiting tables somewhere, I am supporting his efforts by buying the books.

The book, BTW, is a beautiful thing, good quality paper... could wish it was a larger format but hey, I'll take Gunnerkrigg Court any way I can get it... yes, it's that good..!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for one of my favorite comics 23 Aug. 2013
By Drillgorg - Published on Amazon.com
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This book fully met my expectations. It is a great medium (no pun intended) with which to read Gunnerkrigg Court. The colors look bolder, fuller, and more beautiful in the book than they do on my computer screen when reading the comic online. The physical book itself seemed well made and professional looking.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful 25 Aug. 2013
By Eric W. Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
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This fourth book (I have all four now, of course) is gorgeous. So much more is revealed about the characters and curiosities of the Court, including a long lushly illustrated chapter that (finally!) tells us more about Miss Jones--um, just Jones will do. This book is even a bit longer than the others as some stories just need the space to be told.
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