Given all the sly references to Abigail and the foxes in the Peter Grant books, I had my hopes up for the story of Cry Fox. Not, of course, for the graphics; I’m not wired that way. But I was hoping for a fun little side adventure. Alas; no.
Cry Fox directly draws upon the events in the graphic novel ‘Night Witch,’ and relies on a similar plot. Abigail is brought in through very naive actions which I felt didn’t fit for a generally skeptical teen. But okay; perhaps she was trusting of talking animals. She’s not really the target, so in some ways this didn’t feel like Abigail’s story at all. The Met and the Folly are brought into the case early on, for which I was thankful. I loathe that faffing about waiting for the police to catch up to nefarious events. But perhaps because someone in the writers’ room thought it might be ultra-metaphorical, I ended up with a case of the eyerolls. I mean, I think it’s a little like Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: once a mind-blowing mystery/thriller concept has been done, it probably just doesn’t seem inventive anymore. Maybe kids now don’t grow up with these short stories in English class?
At any rate, the graphics were fine. I liked the people, and even liked Abigail, although in one picture I’ll note she definitely looked an older teen (making her naivetee even more questionable). The only one I had a bit of meh reaction to was Reynard, who looked a lot like the bastard child of Wolverine and a firecracker. He’s skanky enough that I felt like it’d be hard to see the potential allure he might have for a kid hanging around a spring fete.
The extras at the end–the bonus covers and the one-page ‘stories’ are fun. The longer piece on foxes, meh. There’s a four page spread on the end on foxes in mythological literature, and then another academic-feeling three pages on Reynard as a trickster in French/English literature.
As a side note, with the exception of the talking fox, there is virtually no actual magic in this story. Additionally, it doesn’t flesh out Abigail’s character any further although Guhleed’s surprise appearance gives fans another chance to appreciate her skills.
Overall, the completionist in me is glad that I’ve read it, but the minimalist in me is underwhelmed enough that I’m not sure they deserve space. I’ve been seriously contemplating donating them all to the library system, as they don’t seem to have a copy.