Strange Academy #4
Writing - 8/10
Art - 8.5/10
Overall - 8.3/10
Writer: Skottie Young
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: October, 28, 2020
The kids play a nice game of tag, nothing could go wrong with that, you know a game of tag with kids in a magic school, everything will be normal…
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“People are Strange” Strange Academy #4
There is never a dull moment in the Marvel Universe’s first premier school for magically inclined kids. Strange Academy #4 can attest to that. As a simple game of tag turns into a journey across dimensions and worlds. Where will this take the kids and what lurks beyond the doorways between worlds? Plus even putting up library books can lead to a life or death situation just ask Doyle how exciting the library can be!
As much fun and learning the kids are having something dark and sinister lies within the pages of Strange Academy #4. Something ancient that does not like what the Strange Academy is doing and is slowly plotting its vengeance against the school and children inside.
Skottie Young pens another fun-filled adventure in Strange Academy #4. Young seems that he is starting to get his barring’s with this book and its characters, this issue and the previous issue it has felt a little more cohesive and put together, to me at least than the first two issues.
Young is starting to get a hold of these characters and build them up. I like that he is also building up a big story in the background. That he is letting it slowly build while we get a chance to know these characters. I am glad he did not just jump straight into a big story.
All of the characters in Strange Academy are very interesting and I am interested in just about every single one of them. The problem is coming into Strange Academy #4 I still feel like I do not know any of them that well. Even after this issue, they are all still very vague in characterization right now. Young is starting to get there with some of them, but right now we do not have an attachment to any of them and it hinders the story a bit.
Young does do a ton of fun things in Strange Academy #4. He makes following these kids a joy to follow. He keeps you on your toes as you do not know what is going to happen from page to page. He also plays with the school setting well, building up drama and tension between the characters.
I continue to love Humberto Ramos’s art in Strange Academy #4. His joyful, “fun” style fits perfectly with this series. He catches that youthful feel and tone not only for the characters but just for the series in general. His artwork has this excitement and energy to it that is perfect.
He also continues to display some wonderful character designs throughout the issue. Each character is uniquely their own and visually wonderful to look at. He also adds in some fantastic background detail throughout the issue. As the character’s journey through different locations Ramos details each of them exceptionally well.
I am not a huge fan of Edgar Delgado’s coloring work. I am not sure how well it fits for the series. It is almost a little too “flat” or matte looking. I wish it had just a little more vibrancy to it, just to match the artwork and the tone of the series a little bit better.
The coloring does work exceptionally well though when the “dark” forces that are plotting against the Strange Academy show up. Combined with Ramos’s art, it sets up a very creepy visual for them.
I am in a bit of a conundrum with Strange Academy #4. As I do not right now feel an attachment to these characters or stories, but then every time I read an issue I enjoy it all the same. The writing has this infectious joy to it that just sucks you into the world and the same can be said for the art.
While I may not have an attachment to any of these characters I continue to want to know more about them and that is what keeps me coming back for more. The set up to a larger conflict while building up these characters is also an excellent move to keep me interested. It just feels at the same time Strange Academy is just missing something with the characters to make it great.
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