Comic book reviews for Gotham Academy #4, Gotham Academy #5, and Gotham Academy #6 by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, and Mingue Helen Chen
Average rating: 3.6/5 stars
Gotham Academy #4 by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher
Art: Karl Kerschl
Glad to see our ghost story come to an end. Not surprised that Heathcliff is behind it. Even if it was a weird way to impress Pomeline. Though I can see how her obsession with raising ghosts would get very old. It was perfect to see Olive break the window to find the ghost.
Maps continues to be a very fun character. Got to love her natural curiosity.
So the secret was that there are secret passageways through Gotham Academy. Seems extremely problematic when Olive can spy into her own room. Even if she’s super sad to see that Lucy is ready to leave and get a new roommate.
Is that Killer Croc?
Gotham Academy #5 by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher
Art: Karl Kerschl
One of the most interesting aspects of the Gotham world is how different writers use different characters, particularly the villains, at different evil levels according to what’s needed for the book. Here Killer Croc is the softer version, the one closer to the collaborator with Batwoman and the one featured in Batman: The Animated Series.
Croc know Sybil, Olive’s mother, and Olive is convinced that he holds some secrets. The secrets of what happened last summer and why her mother’s in Arkham.
Of course Maps finds Olive and the passages easily. She always ends up right there in the way.
The dance was cute, and it fits well in a YA storyline. Poor Kyle though, Olive is really stepping on his heart full speed ahead.
Was surprised to learn Tristan’s secret. And that Olive’s that good of a shot with her crossbow. Not sure about him being the one to save Olive from the fire. Even if MacPherson ended up helping out. (Does this mean the Academy is full of students with special abilities?)
When Batman’s on the scene, crime is afoot.
Gotham Academy #6 by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher
Art: Karl Kerschl and Mingue Helen Chen
Love to see Olive show loyalty to Killer Croc since he’s been nothing but nice to her. Even in the face of Batman.
Who’s clearly upset about the entire thing and now sending Damian there. This should provide many many more shenanigans in this book. Of course, it does make me sad on this clear boost for sales. Olive may meet her equal in Damian.
Glad that the ghost mystery is fully solved. I’m not sure that I believe they could get As in the class. There’s just some YA books with students that you wonder why they’re not expelled for skipping school or how exactly they continue to pass and graduate. (One thing I always loved about the Gilmore Girls was that when Rory and company needed to work for school, they did it. Of course, the writers had adults to follow around too.)
Join Maps and Olive on their adventures in Gotham Academy Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy.