Gotham Academy

Gotham Academy

Volume 1, Welcome to Gotham Academy

eBook - 2015
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"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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, [2015]
ISBN: 9781401254721
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 Cl
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume (unpaged)) : color illustrations
Alternative Title: Welcome to Gotham Academy

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Jan 01, 2020

A very strong second volume!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I don't think it flows as seamlessly from issue-to-issue as its predecessor, and I do think it could have spent more time on the different plots (personally, I would like to see more Damian Wayne interacting with the gang). Beyond that, it helps to expand the world of the story and feels like a natural progression.
None of the characters other than Olive really have anything resembling an character arc, but I honestly don't mind that. This series isn't trying to be deep or thought provoking, just being fun and entertaining, which is a valid goal and a goal that it accomplishes.
I continue to love the art and the overall tone of the story is just delightful.

4.5/5 stars. If you liked the first volume, this one is definitely worth your time!

Jan 01, 2020

Considering that this is about teens at a boarding school in the DC universe, how this isn't the last CW Arrowverse spinoff?

Jokes aside, this is one my my all time favourite all-ages comics! I adore the mysterious and fun tone of the book, it never felt like reading this book was a chore. The art also helps feed the atmosphere, with the colours pallet and the shading making the halls of Gotham Academy feel vast and mysterious.
The plot is fun. I don't think it's revolutionary by any means, but it's thoroughly engaging. I love the magic and the super natural elements of the story. I enjoy how seamlessly it flows from issue to issue and how it sets up plot points for future issues.
Similarly, I don't think the characters are revolutionary, but they are charming and fit well for the story. I especially appreciate the unique character designs they each have that ooze personality.

5/5 stars, on of my favourites, highly recommend.

Sep 04, 2019

This book follows two young girls named Olive and Maps as they go to school in Gotham City at Gotham Academy which was used by villains to escape Arkham Asylum. In the book, we find out that some of Olive's and Maps's classmates aren't so normal, as some are or could be werewolves, bats, even giant crocodiles. Gotham Academy is anything but normal.

I enjoyed reading this book because it shows you that there is more to Gotham then just Batman. More to the city then just heroes fighting villains. I would recommend this book to ages 10+. I give this book a 4/5 Stars. @A_Wildcard of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeChrisP Feb 03, 2018

Good Batman spin-off! A few of the arcs are a little weak, but overall pretty good!

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

Part boarding school drama, part superhero mystery, all sorts of fun and unexpected. Good for readers who want a cross between Batman and Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls spy-school series.

ArapahoeSarahD Oct 11, 2016

Do you love Batman? Do you like mystery or horror? You will love this graphic novel. I really enjoyed both the illustrations and the storytelling. This book is perfect to cuddle up with on a rainy night.

May 18, 2016

Things feel a bit rushed in this second collection of the series that looks at a different corner of Gotham, a school with secrets of its own. Even with the disjointedness and the art that's not to my personal taste, the writer does good work in the characterization of the small group of students that make up the core of the group.

May 16, 2016

Welcome to Gotham Academy, the book all about Olive Silverlocks and Mia ( Maps) Mizoguchi. Olive's mother went to arkham asylum, because of the one and only Batman. Ever since she has hated bats. With the help of her other friends they try to sneak in to the north hall to discover the truth about the legend of Millie Jane Cobblepot. This book is such a great edge of your seat book that I read it all in one sitting! It's kind of like if a mystery and an adventure had an awesome baby!

mvkramer Apr 05, 2016

Did anyone else feel like parts of this book were just...missing? Scenes just crashed up against each other with no transition. In addition to the art taking a turn for the muddy, it made things hard to follow.

forbesrachel Nov 17, 2015

The Batman lore has accumulated for a long time, the city itself has a life to it, a history, and penchant for interesting inhabitants, but until now was only ever a backdrop to the crime fighting bat-family. Gotham Academy is the latest entry into this universe, but rather than doing the same, it uses this untapped potential as the basis for its story, and is one of the best, and most original works coming out of DC in years. Olive Silverlock returns to school changed, she doesn't know exactly why, but it has something to do with the summer she has forgotten and her mother. She now finds interactions awkward, especially with her boyfriend Kyle, but she has no choice but to push forward when his kid sister Maps is placed under her care. Mysterious things are happening at the academy, so when Olive finds herself in the midst of them, she pulls together, and works with new allies to find some answers. One of the questions she has is why is she suddenly afraid of bats. Through Olive's eyes, Batman is the bad guy. This new and exciting perspective is already paying off because she sees some of his enemies (the usual bad guys) in another light. For this new story, only a new style would do. Fresh, spooky, and full of teen appeal, Kerschl's art is sure to draw the eye of new readers, especially from the younger crowd. There is no idealistic superhero forms in this one, rather it has more in common with graphic novels, and there is also a hint of manga's influence. The colours are all about establishing the spooky mystery tone. Volume one sets up a lot, it sprinkles just enough hints that our minds are churning over the possibilities, and it establishes its character well enough that we already care about them. There are plenty of ties to the Batman saga that old fans will appreciate, but no previous knowledge is required, which makes this title easy for new readers to pick up and understand.

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