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Review – Strange Academy #9 (Marvel Comics)

Strange Academy #9 (Marvel Comics) main cover (detail) by Humberto Ramos
Strange Academy #9
  • Writing - 8.6/10
    8.6/10
  • Art - 9/10
    9/10
  • Overall - 8.8/10
    8.8/10

Summary

 

Writer: Skottie Young 
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: March 10, 2021

It is time for the parents to come to the Strange Academy. It will be a fun filled day of exciting games and meeting their children’s new friends. Nothing could possibly go haywire.

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Parents Day in Strange Academy #9

 

Well, it is time for the Parents to come and visit their kids at Marvel’s Premier Magic school in Strange Academy #9. Brother Voodoo, Dr. Strange, and all of their magic teachers have a full list of wild activities for the kids and their parents. It will be a fun-filled day of games and adventures. But what about Orphan Calvin Morse with no parents it looks like just he and his magic jacket are left out? Luckily Doyle’s father Dormammu isn’t going to get a special invite to our dimension any time soon. So, Doyle and Calvin look to have some fun all on their own in Strange Academy #9.

Writing

Strange Academy #9 (Marvel Comics) variant cover by Art Adams
Variant cover by Art Adams

Strange Academy #9 is another issue where Skottie Young shines. Separating two characters from the pack and focusing on them. The main focus of issue #9 is on Calvin which is great. My constant complaint about this series is that we still do not know much about these new characters and Young seems to be rectifying that here lately. Strange Academy delves a little bit deeper into his character and background. I do wish we got a little more insight into his magical jacket, but it was great to finally learn more about Calvin and his character got developed well in this issue.

Young also balances the issue well, while the main focus is on Calvin and Doyle following their exploits, exploring their characters more, we get a fun “b” plot with the parents’ day activities. That part of the issue is a ton of fun and Skottie Young seems to be having a ball with bringing the kids’ parents along. The scenes are fun and joyful. Young captures the amusement and embarrassment of kids/teenagers having their parents come to visit perfectly. He also sprinkles in some fun character notes as well, letting us get to know everyone a little bit better.

I am loving that Young continues to grow and expand on these kids. I love these issues that get the focus on one or two kids. Issues #7 and issue #8 have been great and Strange Academy #9 continues that trend. Once we get to know these kids better I think the group/team setting will start to congeal better.

Art 

I mean Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado are still on the series, so the art continues to be fantastic in Strange Academy #9. Ramos is an absolutely perfect fit for this series. He has that lively/youthful vigor to his art. He captures each and every scene so well. The joy, excitement, and embarrassment are all delightfully captured by Ramos’s vibrant detailed styling. It is always a visual treat to open up Strange Academy.

Edgar Delgado’s colors continue to be a delight as well in Strange Academy #9. He has those wonderful soft colorations that feel bright and vibrant but are not too vivid or stunning to take over the pages. He does a sublime job during a dream sequence in this issue as well, painting it in a more dark, murky tone that sets a fantastic mood for the scene.

The art just all works so tremendously well for the series. It fits perfectly with the tone and feels. Clayton Cowles lettering is also superbly well done. There are a lot of different fonts and styles used for different characters and he uses them exceptionally well. Also, great emphasis on characters’ wording, he catches all those emotions in the story with some precise lettering work to emphasize selective words to bring out the emotions being expressed.

Conclusion

Strange Academy #9 is another excellent entry into this series, the past few issues have been some of my favorites and it just seems to be getting better and better. Young has started to focus on the characters a little bit more bringing more depth and incite to them slowly but surely. We are finely getting to know these new characters and it is great. It has certainly gotten me more invested in them. The art continues to be tremendously well done and a highlight of the series. Everything combined Strange Academy is one of the best series on the shelves right now.


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