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A new teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City! Welcome to Gotham Academy, the most prestigious school in Gotham City. Only the best and brightest students may enter its halls, study in its classrooms, explore its secret passages, summon its terrifying spirits… Okay, so Gotham Academy isn’t like other schools. But Olive Silverlock isn’t like ot A new teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City! Welcome to Gotham Academy, the most prestigious school in Gotham City. Only the best and brightest students may enter its halls, study in its classrooms, explore its secret passages, summon its terrifying spirits… Okay, so Gotham Academy isn’t like other schools. But Olive Silverlock isn’t like other students. After a mysterious incident over summer break, she’s back at school with a bad case of amnesia, an even worse attitude… and an unexplained fear of bats. Olive’s supposed to show new student Maps Mizoguchi the ropes. Problem: Maps is kid sister of Kyle, Olive’s ex. Then there’s the ghost haunting the campus…the secret society conducting bizarre rituals…and Bruce Wayne, the weirdo billionaire who funds the Academy - and may know the secret to Olive’s big mystery. Find out in GOTHAM ACADEMY VOL. 1, the acclaimed new series from co-writers Becky Cloonan (DEMO) and Brendan Fletcher (BATGIRL) and artist Karl Kerschl (TEEN TITANS: YEAR ONE)! Collects: Gotham Academy #1-6


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A new teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City! Welcome to Gotham Academy, the most prestigious school in Gotham City. Only the best and brightest students may enter its halls, study in its classrooms, explore its secret passages, summon its terrifying spirits… Okay, so Gotham Academy isn’t like other schools. But Olive Silverlock isn’t like ot A new teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City! Welcome to Gotham Academy, the most prestigious school in Gotham City. Only the best and brightest students may enter its halls, study in its classrooms, explore its secret passages, summon its terrifying spirits… Okay, so Gotham Academy isn’t like other schools. But Olive Silverlock isn’t like other students. After a mysterious incident over summer break, she’s back at school with a bad case of amnesia, an even worse attitude… and an unexplained fear of bats. Olive’s supposed to show new student Maps Mizoguchi the ropes. Problem: Maps is kid sister of Kyle, Olive’s ex. Then there’s the ghost haunting the campus…the secret society conducting bizarre rituals…and Bruce Wayne, the weirdo billionaire who funds the Academy - and may know the secret to Olive’s big mystery. Find out in GOTHAM ACADEMY VOL. 1, the acclaimed new series from co-writers Becky Cloonan (DEMO) and Brendan Fletcher (BATGIRL) and artist Karl Kerschl (TEEN TITANS: YEAR ONE)! Collects: Gotham Academy #1-6

30 review for Gotham Academy, Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B+) 77% | Good Notes: Very Harry Potter, and Nancy Drew-ish too, it's Disney Channel cartoon fare: not deep, but droll and drawn with flair. (B+) 77% | Good Notes: Very Harry Potter, and Nancy Drew-ish too, it's Disney Channel cartoon fare: not deep, but droll and drawn with flair.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    (4.5) um can everyone go read this so I have somebody to talk about it with? This series has so much potential to be amazing. I loved this first volume! It was dark and mysterious and just so much fun. I'm probably going to start buying the single issues of this comic, because I don't think I can wait for the next trade to be released. I NEED MORE AND I NEED IT NOW. xD The one thing that I didn't like was that some of the pages were a bit too busy, other than that it was FANTASTIC. I highly reco (4.5) um can everyone go read this so I have somebody to talk about it with? This series has so much potential to be amazing. I loved this first volume! It was dark and mysterious and just so much fun. I'm probably going to start buying the single issues of this comic, because I don't think I can wait for the next trade to be released. I NEED MORE AND I NEED IT NOW. xD The one thing that I didn't like was that some of the pages were a bit too busy, other than that it was FANTASTIC. I highly recommend this for lovers of YA who are looking to get into comic books.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jan Philipzig

    I guess the idea was to attract more young adult readers - female ones in particular - to the DC Universe: we get a school straight out of Harry Potter, likable young female protagonists, lots of peer issues, hints at romance, a few chilling but rather non-threatening moments, slightly manga-esque yet lush and colorful artwork, and hardly any superheroic action. It's quite an enjoyable package, actually, though I am neither young nor female. I especially appreciate that Becky Cloonan and Brenden I guess the idea was to attract more young adult readers - female ones in particular - to the DC Universe: we get a school straight out of Harry Potter, likable young female protagonists, lots of peer issues, hints at romance, a few chilling but rather non-threatening moments, slightly manga-esque yet lush and colorful artwork, and hardly any superheroic action. It's quite an enjoyable package, actually, though I am neither young nor female. I especially appreciate that Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher don't write down to the reader: the young characters are not nearly as stereotypically conceived and easily categorized as in many YA stories, nor is the reader expected to constantly admire their beauty or coolness. Bottom line: not groundbreaking, but pleasant and refreshing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    When the New 52 launched three and a bit years ago, one of the biggest complaints was the lack of variety in the lineup - it seemed like DC was catering solely for thirtysomething white males who only wanted to see violence and women dressed in as little clothing as possible. And of course lots and lots of Batman! It’s taken them a while but DC have gotten the message! Gotham Academy joins the new Batgirl series as a title very deliberately marketed at the tween girl demo. This is definitely a g When the New 52 launched three and a bit years ago, one of the biggest complaints was the lack of variety in the lineup - it seemed like DC was catering solely for thirtysomething white males who only wanted to see violence and women dressed in as little clothing as possible. And of course lots and lots of Batman! It’s taken them a while but DC have gotten the message! Gotham Academy joins the new Batgirl series as a title very deliberately marketed at the tween girl demo. This is definitely a good thing. In the same breath, I strongly disliked the comic because I’m not a tween girl and am in the older white male category! That’s not to say I want Gotham Academy to fit itself around my interests - I think there should be titles in DC’s catalogue that aren’t for me - but there’s a conflict of tastes here in why I didn’t like the comic. With that out the way, I still say this is a poor comic for reasons beyond me not being in the target audience. I don’t know how a tween girl thinks, never will and have no interest in finding out, but I’m going to guess that they look for the same things most people who read for pleasure look for: good story and characters. And Gotham Academy has neither. The title: Gotham Academy. What springs to mind? A school in Gotham. Great, boring. How to turn that into something worth reading about? Hmm… well, tie in Batman of course, and he does make a couple cameos, along with one of his lesser rogues towards the end. But really Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher have no clue what to do either so we get an assortment of strange odds and ends, none of which are particularly interesting. A number of students are convinced a ghost is haunting the grounds and they decide to investigate: Scooby-Doo! Our protagonist is Olive, a cute girl who broke up with a cute boy over the summer and is shyly courting another cute boy: Dawson’s Creek! And let’s crowbar in an extremely kid-friendly Batman subplot too! So what’s the story of Gotham Academy? Er… stuff happens? Then we have our protagonist, Olive Silverlock (who fortuitously has locks of silver hair!). She becomes chaperone to freshman “Maps” Mizoguchi (who’s also the kid sister of Olive’s next cute potential boyfriend - her nickname comes from enjoying D&D maps). I can understand why Cloonan/Fletcher have put these two together in a Batman-themed comic: they’re the tween girl equivalent of classic Batman and Robin. Olive is quiet but clever, headstrong, and resourceful (Bruce Wayne/Batman) while Maps is the bubbly talkative sidekick who helps draw out Olive from stewing in her own head (Dick Grayson/Robin). They’re both amateur sleuths and Olive saves Maps and others when trouble arises. Ok. Except there’s very little to connect the reader to Olive. She’s very distant and unknowable for the most part. Bruce Wayne was like that but he made up for it by being Batman - that’s why we kept reading, to see that transformation and the ensuing adventure. Olive is Olive and she’s basically a boring girl. She does her homework, she has crushes, she’s awkward, etc. Nothing really stands out though (that’s not entirely true, there is one scene and a flashback that hints at more going on with her but I’m keeping this review spoiler-free and I felt it was too little too late anyway). It doesn’t help that she keeps talking about the past summer where something happened that changed her life and we never find out what. But that about sums up her character: the reader is kept at arm’s length the whole time so it’s that much harder to give a damn about what happens to her. Karl Kerschl’s art gives this comic the look of a Saturday morning kid’s TV show, which fits in with the overall tone of the book, so it’s appropriate. It’s set in Gotham so it’s very gothic but more so in a Harry Potter sense than in any scary, imposing way. I didn’t hate it but I felt it was quite bland especially in how that particular Batman’s rogue was sanitised to look less terrifying. The headmaster’s design made me smile though, taking his aesthetic cue from the performance artist supervillain look that’s so prevalent in Gotham! I do think this is the right direction DC need to be moving in: diversifying and appealing to a growing comics audience that is filling up with more and more female readers who’re looking for comics for them. But I also think that same audience would want less cliched stories and more engaging, imaginative ones with protagonists who are less cold and distant and more personable like Marvel’s Kamala Khan. Clearly Gotham Academy wasn’t aimed at a reader like me but even with lowered standards and trying to look at this from a kid’s point of view, this was pretty damn weak. Keep plugging away guys but aim to make a more powerful impression - give Gotham Academy, Olive and co. a stronger identity with the storylines and don’t be afraid to move away from Batman!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    A graphic novel about the most prestigious school in Gotham City. But of course, this is Gotham City we are talking about so this school is a bit ... special! I thought that the first volume of Gotham Academy was really good. I liked the art and the story was entertaining to read, but I felt lost sometimes. Often I felt like everyone knew what had happened last summer, all but me that was left out of it and only got scraps of information along the way. But I still enjoyed the graphic novel. I mea A graphic novel about the most prestigious school in Gotham City. But of course, this is Gotham City we are talking about so this school is a bit ... special! I thought that the first volume of Gotham Academy was really good. I liked the art and the story was entertaining to read, but I felt lost sometimes. Often I felt like everyone knew what had happened last summer, all but me that was left out of it and only got scraps of information along the way. But I still enjoyed the graphic novel. I mean a prestigious school it Gotham City? Love that idea. Especially when you think about all the famous citizens in the town that could make an appearance (both the good and the bad. Like in this volume when Bruce Wayne and Killer Croc shows up. I admit that I would love to see The Joker or/and Harley Quinn showing up... I liked the main character Olive Silverlock, I just wanted to know more about her and what the hell that had happened to her mother. I had a soft spot for Maps Mizoguchi, Olives ex-boyfriend's little sister, she felt very much like Jubilee from X-men and I love her. Maps is sometimes too curious for her own good, very brave and I just can't help to like her. She is just a perfect troublemaker and I can't wait to see what the future will have in store for her. The ending was interesting and left me wanting more. I liked this volume and I'm looking forward to reading more of the series in the future! I received this copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review!

  6. 4 out of 5

    ✦BookishlyRichie✦

    Okay I really, really liked this one! I loved the story, it was very easy to follow, and fucking Batman shows up! YAAAAASSSS! I'm interested to know more about Olive's mom and the secrets of the Academy. I really think this would be an awesome live-action TV series too. I will be picking up Volume 2 soon. :) Okay I really, really liked this one! I loved the story, it was very easy to follow, and fucking Batman shows up! YAAAAASSSS! I'm interested to know more about Olive's mom and the secrets of the Academy. I really think this would be an awesome live-action TV series too. I will be picking up Volume 2 soon. :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    "That wasn't me at all. I've changed. ... And I don't like the person I'm becoming." Olive Silverlock is starting her second year at Gotham Academy, after a horrible summer that she can't quite remember clearly. She's got a (maybe?) ex-boyfriend to deal with, his cute little sister Maps following her around, and some bullies to deal with. Oh, and the school may be haunted. Oh, and she hates Batman and actively tries to kill him. Just another day at Gotham Academy... ... Well, of the three graphic nove "That wasn't me at all. I've changed. ... And I don't like the person I'm becoming." Olive Silverlock is starting her second year at Gotham Academy, after a horrible summer that she can't quite remember clearly. She's got a (maybe?) ex-boyfriend to deal with, his cute little sister Maps following her around, and some bullies to deal with. Oh, and the school may be haunted. Oh, and she hates Batman and actively tries to kill him. Just another day at Gotham Academy... ... Well, of the three graphic novels I read today, this was my favorite. It's actually engaging, accessible, and relatable. Remember that I have close to zero knowledge in re: superhero comics. Anyway, I enjoyed this. Olive is feeling glum and depressed in life. At first you have no real idea why, but what is fun about this book is that little bits and pieces get explained as you read it. It's exciting. Also, I found the characters to be interesting and not "too weird." A lot of times superhero comics are just... incomprehensible. Not the case here. I liked (view spoiler)[that Killer Croc is living in the walls of the school! And that he's very nice and sweet. (hide spoiler)] I liked that (view spoiler)[Olive's mom is a possibly supernatural psychopath who was interned at Arkham. (hide spoiler)] I liked that there is a (view spoiler)[mysterious hot boy who is a "foreign exchange student" but really has the ability to turn into a giant bat. I don't mean like Batman... I mean like a big human bat. They call it *checks notes* Langstrom Virus. (hide spoiler)] I loved the cute Maps character (the little freshman, Kyle's little sister) who follows Olive around everywhere and talks constantly about her adventures playing D&D. Although in this comic they call it *checks notes* Serpents & Spells. She was adorable. Perhaps one of the reasons I enjoyed this was because of all the tiny love. Teens (aged 15-ish?) who are having their little crushes and doing cute flirting with each other and maybe falling in love for the first time. But, you know... with secret cults and possible ghosts and secret passageways and stuff. <3 And I liked that the school bullies who were giving Olive a hard time (view spoiler)[end up being friends (ish) with her. (hide spoiler)] And not in an unbelievable way, either. I hated Kyle's (he's Olive's non-boyfriend) stupid hat, though. He wore it in almost every scene and I just wanted to rip the *&^%ing thing off his head. UGH. Ugly. Tl;dr - Compared to the other two comics I read today (Batgirl, Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside and Grayson, Vol 1: Agents of Spyral) this was aces. I would definitely take a gander at Volume 2. Not available in Spanish.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    I was really, really looking forward to this book. It sounded and looked like something I'd enjoy. Boarding school! Vaguely gothicy stuff! Manga-esque art! And I liked that it was so different from the sorts of things that have been coming out of DC since Flashpoint. Unfortunately, this just didn't quite deliver what I wanted it to. It's not bad, and I did like it. It does indeed have all those elements that I was looking forward to seeing in a DC book. But it's also lacking in truly interesting I was really, really looking forward to this book. It sounded and looked like something I'd enjoy. Boarding school! Vaguely gothicy stuff! Manga-esque art! And I liked that it was so different from the sorts of things that have been coming out of DC since Flashpoint. Unfortunately, this just didn't quite deliver what I wanted it to. It's not bad, and I did like it. It does indeed have all those elements that I was looking forward to seeing in a DC book. But it's also lacking in truly interesting characters, and the underlying story felt hollow to me. The characters were a big miss, because I can forgive a lot in a book if I love the characters. They just didn't feel fully developed, especially main character Olive. She actually felt quite distant. I know that was intentional, because of her Mysterious Past. But it did make her a less than engaging lead. The book, at least this volume, is very episodic. But there is some kind of Mysterious underlying story. I wish I was interested in seeing where it was all going, but I'm just not. It's too vague, and I don't have enough interest in the characters. Which kind of makes me sad, because I want this book to be great. And maybe it will be, on balance. But right now, it's just pretty good, as long as you like this sort of thing. And I do.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    Solid start. I love the artwork and loved the cliffhanger reveals. Looking forward to the next issues.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I really, really liked this volume. The tone is so different from pretty much every other DC comic and it's such a welcome change. This kind of feels like any of the DC cartoons that are (mostly) geared towards kids, but are still interesting enough for adults to be entertained too. This would be a perfect comic for someone who likes YA novels but doesn't think they'd like comics. You don't have to have any knowledge of the DC universe other than that Batman and Arkham Asylum exist, but even that I really, really liked this volume. The tone is so different from pretty much every other DC comic and it's such a welcome change. This kind of feels like any of the DC cartoons that are (mostly) geared towards kids, but are still interesting enough for adults to be entertained too. This would be a perfect comic for someone who likes YA novels but doesn't think they'd like comics. You don't have to have any knowledge of the DC universe other than that Batman and Arkham Asylum exist, but even that isn't really all that necessary. I liked how fresh this felt after reading series with characters I've known for years. It's nice having something that's actually new you know? The artwork is absolutely fantastic too and fits perfectly with the story. It kind of reminds me of Westernized manga and it looks very cartoon-y. I could easily see this as an actual cartoon. The only thing holding it back from that is that it's so new and there just aren't that many stories yet. I'd really love to see this animated though. My only problem with this is that there are only two volumes released so far. I wish DC would publish more comics that stray from their usual fare, because it can get kind of boring to read the same types of stories over and over again. Hopefully this does well enough for DC to branch out again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bee

    WOOPS I'VE FOUND A NEW OBSESSION. The artwork: A+ The characters: A+ Storyline: A+ It's got a stylistic mix of so many things I already love, while including so many character types I love! (my favourite characters are Pomeline and Tristan, if you are curious, but I freakin' love Maps and Olive too) The mystery was super engaging and I loved all the cliffhangers. I don't really care for Batman so all of the was lost on me, but I am in it for ghost stories and detective work. MORE PLEASE. WOOPS I'VE FOUND A NEW OBSESSION. The artwork: A+ The characters: A+ Storyline: A+ It's got a stylistic mix of so many things I already love, while including so many character types I love! (my favourite characters are Pomeline and Tristan, if you are curious, but I freakin' love Maps and Olive too) The mystery was super engaging and I loved all the cliffhangers. I don't really care for Batman so all of the was lost on me, but I am in it for ghost stories and detective work. MORE PLEASE.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Source: Library **3.5 stars** While the artwork was simple yet fantastic I felt like the plot failed to keep me interested from beginning to end. The storyline felt choppy to me and I feel like I'm missing information about Olive to be able to really enjoy Gotham Academy. I will definitely read the next vol, hopefully I'll get more answers. Source: Library **3.5 stars** While the artwork was simple yet fantastic I felt like the plot failed to keep me interested from beginning to end. The storyline felt choppy to me and I feel like I'm missing information about Olive to be able to really enjoy Gotham Academy. I will definitely read the next vol, hopefully I'll get more answers.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    10/10 would recommend. Boarding school detective club and bat powers? It's the best thing since Lumberjanes and the fact that a crossover exists in this world is what keeps me going. 10/10 would recommend. Boarding school detective club and bat powers? It's the best thing since Lumberjanes and the fact that a crossover exists in this world is what keeps me going.

  14. 5 out of 5

    sabrina ✨

    This was cute but not for me, I just hate that I would literally read the second VOL for Damian Wayne, ugh I hate the batfam

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    *Note to self. Don't include any potentially cringe-worthy school references in this review, no matter how tempting it may be* I'm being slightly generous to Gotham Academy with my rating, as overall I thought it was just ok. The idea of a series set in a school in Gotham is loaded with potential, but aside from a couple of highs and lows, for the most part it was...well, just ok. I had two prominent concerns from the start. Firstly, Olive Silverlock is a mopey lead character and the mysteries tha *Note to self. Don't include any potentially cringe-worthy school references in this review, no matter how tempting it may be* I'm being slightly generous to Gotham Academy with my rating, as overall I thought it was just ok. The idea of a series set in a school in Gotham is loaded with potential, but aside from a couple of highs and lows, for the most part it was...well, just ok. I had two prominent concerns from the start. Firstly, Olive Silverlock is a mopey lead character and the mysteries that I assume were supposed to make her intriguing just fell flat for me. The second is artist Karl Kerschl's panel layouts. I appreciate that he tried to give the book a less conventional feel, but the result is far from being either inventive or appealing. His characters and their expressions are consistently strong, but when it comes to conveying action or making the story flow well on the page, the layouts just didn't work. On the flipside, the colour artists on the series deserve a special mention for their outstanding efforts. Geyser, Dave McCaig, John Rauch, Msassyk and Serge Lapointe give Gotham Academy a real sense of atmosphere. They bring the book to life and there were several occasions where I had to stop just to admire the detail in their work. Likewise, artist Mingjue Helen Chen provides some flashback and epilogue art that both catches the eye and fits the series very well. Mia "Maps" Mizoguchi is the other highlight. An adventure-loving D&D fan, she treats the groups misadventures like roleplay and gets the best lines in the book. It's just unfortunate that she's the only interesting character. The rest of the cast come across as caricatures, unaided by the weak storyline. This isn't a bad book by any means, it just didn't evoke much of a response from me, save for a few laughs. So while Gotham Academy just about earns itself a good rating (view spoiler)[A reference to a classic Killer Croc line in the Batman Animated Series helped. (hide spoiler)] , it's also difficult to offer a full recommendation. It doesn't help that the three page epilogue that closes the story is more interesting than anything that precedes it. If you like your comics very light on substance and pretty to look at, then Welcome To Gotham Academy is a winner. Otherwise, this is a school that's not worth enrolling in. *Note to self. GOD DAMN IT, CHRIS!*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    I think maybe I've fallen into an alternate universe via some wonky slipstream. The sad thing about this altUniverse is that I'm not rich and famous here, either. The good thing, however, is that I'm not homeless and destitute. Let me 'splain: For the past several years, I've been Team Marvel because Team DC has offended every one of my delicate sensibilities across the board. I hate the New 52 and their storylines. I haven't bothered with a Batman movie since Ledger died. Wonder Woman's outfits I think maybe I've fallen into an alternate universe via some wonky slipstream. The sad thing about this altUniverse is that I'm not rich and famous here, either. The good thing, however, is that I'm not homeless and destitute. Let me 'splain: For the past several years, I've been Team Marvel because Team DC has offended every one of my delicate sensibilities across the board. I hate the New 52 and their storylines. I haven't bothered with a Batman movie since Ledger died. Wonder Woman's outfits are stupid. My most recent peeve was the news that there's going to be a different actor playing Green Arrow in whatever movie will have Green Arrow in it, different from Stephen Amell, I mean. I think Gabe said something The Flash receiving the same treatment. Why? WHY?? Because DC is full of morons, apparently. Marvel, on the other hand, has been wooing me, charming me, throwing badass women my way, being consistent across their comics, movies, and TV shows. They make me so happy, I want to cry. I didn't know they had this in them but they do and I love them terribly for it. And then I read Ms. Marvel and was let down, but not enough to jump off the Marvel fancy jet, or anything. It just doesn't appeal to me at all. I expected this book to be similarly disappointing because DC screws everything up and I only brought this home because it's a new story, not some hacked-n-jacked reboot. But guess what? This is absolutely adorable! All of it! It's safe for younger readers, there's no overt...anything. Even the horror aspects are tame and fun-spooky. But it's not talking down to readers so that anyone older gets a headache from consuming too much fluff. It's like Nancy Drew and Scooby Doo teamed up in Gotham, only it's Olive and Maps (I LOVE HER!), Maps' brother Kyle, the gothy bully, Pomeline, and her silly crew, and the other students of Gotham Academy and these kids aren't dumb. There are scary adults (HammerHead, the headmaster) and cool adults (Isla Macpherson...I think is her name) but mostly they're just general adulty adults. The story makes sense, too. It's not forced, there aren't gaping holes, it's a solid little tale about something creepy happening at school and Olive not remembering what weird thing happened to her this past summer but thinking it had something to do with her incarcerated mother. And I really liked that Bruce Wayne is just some dorky dude who keeps coming to the school and being that adult guy that other adults like but kids don't. And there's a lesser-known villain running amok, too, which was fun for me. Then there's the art. I admit that's what drew me in to begin with. It is just so cute! It's like manga + American picture book illustration + tame (not over-sexed) McFarlane. The colors are bright when they need to be bright and dark when they need to be dark. I was charmed by every single panel. This is what I'd expected from Ms. Marvel. It came from DC, instead. I don't even know what's going on anymore.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    I started off a little cynical about the strategy to Harry Potterize Gotham with young wanna-be crime solvers, and with a girl-focused team, but then it sort of grew on me. I mean, the principle of comics focusing on girls and women right now is a huge plus for me. It's just that when everyone is doing it, you begin to wonder if it is thoughtful, if it is not just a bandwagon cash grab; you begin to discriminate. Oh, good, strong girl stories, but what are the best ones, the most complex and int I started off a little cynical about the strategy to Harry Potterize Gotham with young wanna-be crime solvers, and with a girl-focused team, but then it sort of grew on me. I mean, the principle of comics focusing on girls and women right now is a huge plus for me. It's just that when everyone is doing it, you begin to wonder if it is thoughtful, if it is not just a bandwagon cash grab; you begin to discriminate. Oh, good, strong girl stories, but what are the best ones, the most complex and interesting ones? Is it going to be Noelle Stevenson's Lumberjanes, or Nimona? Jillian Tamaki's Supermutant Academy? In general, the more the merrier, I say, and though this one (so far) is just a touch short of those high marks, I still liked it pretty well. Nothing much happens in the way of plot in the first volume, it's mostly world- and relationship-building. We have white-haired Olive and younger Maps as a kind of young Batman and Robin team, and a few others to make up a Detective Club. Bruce Wayne makes appearances a couple times, so there's the promise of that for future issues, after we get the academy setting and characters set up. There's a little Olive-Mom backstory going on, we break into a hall where there are ghosts/monsters. . . Maps is the sister of Olive's ex. . . not much else, really. There's romantic and friend tensions, everything you'd expect, including a scary-looking headmaster. Nothing all that special so far, okay. Cloonan and Fletcher even admit in their endnotes that they got their idesa for characters from tv shows they liked, so calling it derivative doesn't matter to them. They aren't claiming originality, it's a genre, it's another Scooby group, lighten up, it's fun. What makes it tick up from two stars to three for me? The dialogue is good; the Olive and Maps team has some potential. I think maybe fourth/fifth/sixth grade girls would especially like it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    This was superb! So much better than I had expected it to be with some truly lovely artwork and a really fun story which kind of reminds me a bit of Lumberjanes in the adventurous feeling, but also is for an audience maybe a little older (hence the boarding school setting). This is a story which is set in Gotham, the same town in which lots of criminals, and Batman, reside. We follow Olive and her group of friends as they try to uncover the mystery of the ghost which seems to be haunting them, an This was superb! So much better than I had expected it to be with some truly lovely artwork and a really fun story which kind of reminds me a bit of Lumberjanes in the adventurous feeling, but also is for an audience maybe a little older (hence the boarding school setting). This is a story which is set in Gotham, the same town in which lots of criminals, and Batman, reside. We follow Olive and her group of friends as they try to uncover the mystery of the ghost which seems to be haunting them, and along the way they get tangled in some fun adventures and mysteries. Honestly this was truly a joy to read as not only was it super-beautiful throughout, but it was also colourful, bright, preppy, fun and quirky and it was a really easy entry point for people who may not have read any other DC Comics or have any real understanding of the Batman universe (all I've seen is the films and yet knowing about that did help me to understand a little more than otherwise, but it was all very easy to get into either way). I can't not sit and write about how much the artwork was a pleasure to read. We have different shaped panels to fit the needs of the scenes and poses of characters are dynamic and fresh. However, even more than this we have some great tonal ranges and colour palettes which looked spooky, fiery, dark, bright and pretty much all sorts of colours and vibes you could imagine. Each of the characters was easily identifiable and really fun to follow, and their expressions and actions worked well. On the whole, a wonderful beginning to what promises to be a really cute and very enjoyable read. I am looking forward to the release of Vol. 2 in the future so I can jump on to that and continue following these characters and their adventures. 4*s :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    SUPER FAST REVIEW: Decided to do a quick review for this one because I recently read a book that involves this series (and because I really should post some positive reviews). This series is great fun! This volume shows the first adventures of an outstanding cast of characters. It’s often exciting and hilarious. Not to mention that it works super well as a book in the DC universe though you don’t need to be a DC fan in order to enjoy and understand this book (a few Gotham City resident characters SUPER FAST REVIEW: Decided to do a quick review for this one because I recently read a book that involves this series (and because I really should post some positive reviews). This series is great fun! This volume shows the first adventures of an outstanding cast of characters. It’s often exciting and hilarious. Not to mention that it works super well as a book in the DC universe though you don’t need to be a DC fan in order to enjoy and understand this book (a few Gotham City resident characters make brief appearances). Oh, the art is absolutely stunning too! Great stuff, highly recommended. Read it! 5/5

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    A play towards the teen readers perhaps with a feel of Harry Potter to spice it up? I found that the tale dragged but it was an interesting idea and the artwork was awesome so I pushed it up to three stars. Barely. OVERALL GRADE: C plus to B minus.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    Oh right, I read this. Seems right if they're going for a younger demographic. I myself won't be following up with this. That's not a knock on it, it's just kinda ho hum for my tastes. Even Bruce Wayne is boring here. Also what the hell about Damian? Thought he was dead? DC has a horrible track record with titles and publishing after he died with him still alive, and published before with him already dead... I guess I'm too old for this, which is interesting, because Ms. Marvel is far more readable an Oh right, I read this. Seems right if they're going for a younger demographic. I myself won't be following up with this. That's not a knock on it, it's just kinda ho hum for my tastes. Even Bruce Wayne is boring here. Also what the hell about Damian? Thought he was dead? DC has a horrible track record with titles and publishing after he died with him still alive, and published before with him already dead... I guess I'm too old for this, which is interesting, because Ms. Marvel is far more readable and I think it's aimed at a similar demographic...am I wrong?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    Very Good! So Gotham Academy is about Olive who is transferred to Gotham Academy under The Wayne Foundation! The story slowly unfolds and suggests some paranormal themes on the school grounds! This book also paints batman as a bad guy from at least Olive's perspective which as cool to see! The ending was touching, and hints at whats to come! Overall a must have! Very Good! So Gotham Academy is about Olive who is transferred to Gotham Academy under The Wayne Foundation! The story slowly unfolds and suggests some paranormal themes on the school grounds! This book also paints batman as a bad guy from at least Olive's perspective which as cool to see! The ending was touching, and hints at whats to come! Overall a must have!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Faith Hicks

    I loved this so much! Perfect art, great story, lovable characters. More please!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    More like 3.5 stars, as I really enjoyed this one. It was just plain fun! And while I get that it's miles different from the regular Batman titles, that's what I happened to like the most about it. Probably easier to disconnect from the other famous Gothamites because the Academy seems to be the only fringe connection. Yes, they bring in (minimal) ties to Arkham, Batman & just regular Bruce Wayne have cameos (minor), and the ending shows that there will be a bit of a more lingering link. But the More like 3.5 stars, as I really enjoyed this one. It was just plain fun! And while I get that it's miles different from the regular Batman titles, that's what I happened to like the most about it. Probably easier to disconnect from the other famous Gothamites because the Academy seems to be the only fringe connection. Yes, they bring in (minimal) ties to Arkham, Batman & just regular Bruce Wayne have cameos (minor), and the ending shows that there will be a bit of a more lingering link. But the spirit is a lot lighter and more YA oriented. I'd love to read this in single issues, actually. Highly recommend it if you want FUN Gotham! :D

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    Sinister school for teens, secrets, monsters, young love and curiosity all of that and so much more lurks on the pages of Gotham Academy Vol. 1. I'm on a winning streak with the few comics I read recently and this one is no different - I really loved the art and the story and I'm buying this one as soon as the second volume is released :) Sinister school for teens, secrets, monsters, young love and curiosity all of that and so much more lurks on the pages of Gotham Academy Vol. 1. I'm on a winning streak with the few comics I read recently and this one is no different - I really loved the art and the story and I'm buying this one as soon as the second volume is released :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    So good!! You don’t need to know anything about Batman to enjoy this. I wish there were eleventy billion volumes 😭

  27. 4 out of 5

    nova ☼

    this is so much fun and the art is great and 90% of the characters are poc.

  28. 5 out of 5

    K.

    Trigger warnings: nothing that I can think of?? I did read this pretty fast though, so I may well have missed something... (Lemme know if I have!) I've been meaning to read this one for a couple of years now, because I've heard pretty good things about it and I'm always on the look out for more YA graphic novels for our collection. I read this in a couple of hours aaaaaaaand while it was very VERY pretty, I was left a little bit...????...by it. And I think that's for two main reasons: 1. There are Trigger warnings: nothing that I can think of?? I did read this pretty fast though, so I may well have missed something... (Lemme know if I have!) I've been meaning to read this one for a couple of years now, because I've heard pretty good things about it and I'm always on the look out for more YA graphic novels for our collection. I read this in a couple of hours aaaaaaaand while it was very VERY pretty, I was left a little bit...????...by it. And I think that's for two main reasons: 1. There are time jumps galore Like, one minute the characters are at lunch and a big reveal happens. The next panel, they'll be in class or getting ready for bed or sneaking off somewhere. I get that it's a graphic novel and that time jumps are necessary because you've got such a limited number of pages. But this ended up feeling like there were entire pages missing that I somehow hadn't read. 2. It assumes some prior knowledge This may not even be intentional, buuuuuut as someone who's never read anything from DC before and who has a long history of being bored shitless by anything involving Batman, I was pretty much a blank slate going into this. And yet there were mentions of places and characters that I knew were, like, A BIG DEAL (if only from playing Lego Batman 2 and seeing that they're unlockable characters) but there was no explanation provided of who they were or why they were important. If that makes sense?? Honestly, I kept finding myself comparing this to Ms Marvel Volume 1. This, like that one, is essentially an origin story. But I think Ms Marvel did a much better job of introducing newbies to the world and the characters than this did... That said, the art was pretty. So. That's something? (In the interests of full disclosure, it probably doesn't help that I read this on my tablet through Overdrive, which is a fixed format file and therefore all the writing was veeeeeeeeeery small. Maybe if I'd read it in physical form where I could have read it without squinting and actually studied the art in detail, I might have enjoyed it more. WHO KNOWS.)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yerasly

    This was so so so good! The art is beautiful, the characters are great. I can definitely see this series getting better and better over the next volumes (makes me even sadder because I heard it got cancelled??). (view spoiler)[ Having Killer Croc in this was something I did not expect but I truly loved. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] This was so so so good! The art is beautiful, the characters are great. I can definitely see this series getting better and better over the next volumes (makes me even sadder because I heard it got cancelled??). (view spoiler)[ Having Killer Croc in this was something I did not expect but I truly loved. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    If the DC Offices keep putting out books like this and the new Batgirl, I'm never going to have any money again. This book is extremely light on Batman, and you'd be forgiven for forgetting that it's actually a Batman related book at all until around issue 4, and yet it's still worth checking out regardless. Centered around the adventures of Olive Silverlock, a student at the Academy who had a very traumatic summer and now has to try and adapt to what has happened to her whilst dealing with the u If the DC Offices keep putting out books like this and the new Batgirl, I'm never going to have any money again. This book is extremely light on Batman, and you'd be forgiven for forgetting that it's actually a Batman related book at all until around issue 4, and yet it's still worth checking out regardless. Centered around the adventures of Olive Silverlock, a student at the Academy who had a very traumatic summer and now has to try and adapt to what has happened to her whilst dealing with the usual school drama, like her ex-boyfriend, her ex-boyfriend's sister who wants to be her best friend, a clique of cool kids who want to summon a ghost, and an actual haunting that culminates in that Batman appearance. The artwork from Karl Kerschl is easily his best work, absolutely beautiful, very atmospheric, and the design work on the characters is excellent. It truly compliments the storyline and works wonderfully well. It's compelling reading, I've seen it described as part Harry Potter, part manga, and it's true - but it's definitely not a bad thing. Gotham Academy is hitting all the right notes, and I hope it continues to do so, because it's got a firm reader so far.

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