Review: Gotham Academy Vol. 1

Gotham Academy Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy (The New 52)
by Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher, & Karl Kerschel

Graphic Novel, Teen, Mystery
Ebook/Print (160 pages, DC COMICS)
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.

Nice option for the middle-school reader. (5 stars)

I'm notably new to the DC universe. I've just always been a Marvel girl but I'm trying to expand my reading this year and I'd heard good stuff about Gotham Academy. I'm so glad I did because I love a good boarding school story and this one is really good.

Since I was previously unfamiliar with the characters I definitely felt like I was missing something but that added to the mystery that Olive and Maps are trying to solve. I was pretty amused with what they discovered and am very eager to see where the story heads in the next volume. In particular I loved the illustration style, it suited the story so very well I felt it was important to mention.

If you liked the new Batgirl or have enjoyed the Vampire Academy graphic novelization or loved Runaways—all three of which I loved—I would highly recommend picking this up!

Notes: ARC received via Edelweiss.

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