Gotham Academy Vol. 1

Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students!

Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!

Collects Gotham Academy #1-6

GOTHAM ACADEMY is a new teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City, with new characters and old plus a secret tie to Gotham’s past…

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I adored this book! The story arc was great and provided a bit of mystery, action, drama, aaaaanndd comedy. The mystery isn’t completely wrapped up by the end of this book, but doesn’t annoyingly dangle either. Also, there is more to the story than possible ghosts roaming the campus and the mystery of where our protagonist, Olive Silverlock (cool name), spent her summer (which is also a mystery to her)– there is the storyline of why Olive and her boyfriend Kyle aren’t talking anymore and what happened to Olive’s mother and to what extent the weird benefactor, Bruce Wayne, is involved with the Academy and it’s dark secrets and what Batman has to do with any of it all and why is Pomeline Fritch (Olive’s frienemy)such a ..*ahem*… crabby person this year.

Also, it’s worth noting that Pomeline’s nick name is Pom, so when they were forced to work together, I was like awwll look at Pom and Olive…then I was like, “oh my wordbubble, Pom-Olive….Palmolive!” Lol, here all day folks. It just seems intentional to me, sorta, kinda, maybe? Anyway, Olive is cool.

Olive Silverlock
Olive Silverlock

The star of this title so far, for me, is far and away Mia “Maps” Mizoguchi. She is Kyle’s little sister and she loves hanging out with Olive. Maps is a force in this story. She facilitates most of the comedy by being her kooky self. She transcends the annoying little sister trope by being inexhaustibly geeky and adorable. She gets the nickname Maps from the fact that she is always making, collecting, and memorizing maps so that she is always ready for an adventure. She says things like, “+5 night-vision.” She is always willing to be helpful to a friend or support a mission or stakeout.

Maps Mizoguchi

And she is a pretty snazzy dresser too!

Maps

I really enjoyed this book and I’m as excited about the upcoming issues of this as I am the upcoming issues of Batgirl (another book written now by Fletcher). I’m loving what Brenden Fletcher (@BrendenFletcher) is doing right now. This book is co-written with Becky Cloonan (@BeckyCloonan), who I am unfamiliar with, but I did enjoy the writing overall. The art was quite awesome and it was done by Karl Kerschl (@KarlKerschl), who is also a new artist for me. I think this this cast of characters and this story is a brilliant and needed title for the new DC Universe. We all know DCU needs more real and diverse girl power, this has some.

Check out these roll call sheets from MTV News:

Gotham Academy IS COPYRIGHT OF DC COMICS. IMAGES FEATURED UNDER FAIR USE FOR REVIEW PURPOSES.
*I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FROM NETGALLEY AND THE PUBLISHER IN EXCHANGE FOR A FAIR AND HONEST REVIEW. THIS REVIEW IS NOT FOR PAY AND IS MY OPINION ALONE.

As it turns out, it’s spooky, weird and like nothing DC Comics has ever released before.”– MTV News

“Slick, charming, and, dare we say it, fun. Each turn of the page pulling you further into the book’s beautifully imaginative world.”—IGN

“The book is quirky and cute, a Scooby Doo mystery wrapped in an anime shell and served with teenage angst on the side.”—Newsarama

“This series is so fun and inventive that it’s hard to not love it. Cloonan, Fletcher and Kerschl understand how to make good — no, great comics.”—Comic Book Resources

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