The school of Blackwood sells itself as a school for learning about lore, magic, and the occult. The students themselves don’t really seem to be taking it too seriously, at least not until they realize they’re actually there to be selected to fight back against some really dangerous unknowns. This realization comes only after they come face to face with some pretty scary happenings. Quite the class workload!
The story has focused in on four students specifically. Each carries with them a difficult past, is exceptionally well written, and is dealing with this information in their own ways. It’s very amusing while also keeping the stakes high. Dorkin walks that line really well.
Mentoring them into this journey is the new dean who is not even close to being ready for the responsibility, especially since things have gone badly so quickly. What happened to the previous dean? Yikes! You’ll have to read for yourself. Needless to say that thanks to the previous dean, this second issue is full of history, prophecies, and curses. It’s an enjoyable read that Veronica Fish (artist) is having a lot of fun bringing to life. Her style certainly heightens the character-y elements of the world without ever becoming cartoony. I really like it. Just like I really like this series. For me, Daniel Chabon is one of the most trusted editors at Dark Horse…in the industry. If his name is on it, it’s bound to be a treat.
Creative Team: Evan Dorkin (writer), Veronica Fish (art), Andy Fish (layouts and letterer), Daniel Chabon (editor), Brett Israel (assistant editor), Mike Richardson (publisher), Sarah Terry (designer), Josie Christensen (digital art technician)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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