Written by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Art by Karl Kerschl
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: October 1, 2014

Gotham Academy #1 contains the perfect mix of mystery, action, and intrigue. While we see a few familiar faces in the first issue, one thing is very clear: this is not a sidekick school. Instead, Gotham Academy focuses on original characters who are living at a boarding school in the most interesting (and let’s face it, craziest) city in the world.

The first issue follows our main character, Olive Silverlock, whose second year at the school is off to a rough start. Not only does she have to deal with bullies, she’s assigned to take her soon-to-be-ex boyfriend’s little sister, Maps, under her wing. It’s clear though that these two will become fast friends and get themselves in a lot of trouble, but who can blame them? Gotham Academy has secret passageways, restricted halls, and the creepiest décor of any high school. This is Gotham, after all!

Thanks to Kerschl’s dynamic art and unique layouts, it’s easy for the reader to get lost and absorbed in the school. Gotham Academy is truly a character of its own. Bringing together elements from Hogwarts, HP Lovecraft, Nancy Drew, and Batman: The Animated Series, the school promises to have unlimited secrets to discover.

The creators have assured us (in interviews on The Hangout) that they have years of material ready with influences from all across Batman continuity. In fact, there are already tons of easter eggs in Gotham Academy #1 of events to come! It’s clear just from the first issue that this is Cloonan, Fletcher, and Kerschl’s love letter to Gotham. The series promises to delve more into the history of Gotham, how Batman affects the lives of ordinary citizens, and what it’s really like to grow up in such an enchanting, twisted city.

Gotham Academy will please new readers, young fans, and anyone who loves Batman and the city he lives in. I, personally, would love to go to Gotham Academy.

The Verdict: 10/10



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