Tieryas Reviews Amelia Cole and the Unknown World by Adam Knave and D.J. Kirkbride

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If you’re looking for a different type of graphic novel, not just your typical super hero saving the world in an angst-driven crisis fighting against insane super villains, but instead, something fun, fantastic, and story-driven, you need look no further than Amelia Cole and the Unknown World. It’s set in a universe with two parallel worlds- our world without magic, and Amelia’s world, brimming with magic. Normally, I’d have expected a struggle between the two worlds, identity crisis (which world do I belong to?) a la Harry Potter, but the writers, Adam Knave and DJ Kirkbride thrust Amelia into a whole different world, an alternate universe without the internet, where wand-bearers control those who don’t wield wands. We explore and discover the world as Amelia Cole does, making her easier to empathize with despite her magical powers. It’s against the law in this third alternate world (the “Unknown World”) to use magic to protect non-mages, which gets Amelia Cole into trouble because she is always rushing to the rescue (Princess, not prince, to the rescue.). It poses an interesting dilemma as Officer Freeman, a policemen in the new world, argues that they, having the powers they do, must not let people (non-mages) get dependent on them to rescue them. Insinuations abound, there’s a mysterious council who is pulling the strings, and not everything is as it seems, pushing me to want to know more. What ties everything together is how well-written of a heroine Amelia is. She’s tough, feisty, smart, and at the same time, vulnerable, wondering what the existence of this third parallel world bodes. The art by Nick Brokenshire beautifully paints the world and Amelia’s expressions, and the monsters are gruesomely fantastic, especially in the carnival fight. I love the different types of magic spells Amelia wields and the thought process that goes into everyone of her battles. Humour also bounds and an especially funny image/rift on the new world was seeing a “Persuasion Demon” as a lawyer. I really enjoyed the book and read it in one sitting. The world of Amelia Cole is still unknown to me, but I’m a few steps in and I can’t wait to find out more of the allure- Amelia’s cast a spell on me and I don’t mind one bit.

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