Gotham Academy

Pot­ter­ing about Bat­man’s beat

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Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

Pub­lisher: DC Comics Writ­ers: Becky Cloo­nan and Bren­den Fletcher Artists: Karl Ker­schl, Geyser and Dave McCaig

The New 52 is

not so new any­more, and DC’s last three years have fea­tured mul­ti­ple mess- ups with its fe­male char­ac­ters, along­side a gen­eral sense that dark, gory and ex­treme sto­ries are the only ones that re­ally mat­ter. As a re­sult, it’s a huge sur­prise that DC’s lat­est new Bat­man- re­lated re­lease is not only a gen­uine all- ages comic, but also one of its best ti­tles since the 2011 re­launch.

The story is set at the tit­u­lar academy, a sprawl­ing, high- class in­sti­tu­tion for ed­u­cat­ing the chil­dren of Gotham’s bright­est and best. This be­ing Gotham, there are a va­ri­ety of dark and spooky mys­ter­ies lurk­ing in the shad­ows, and stu­dents Olive Sil­ver­lock and “Maps” Mi­zoguchi are soon in­ves­ti­gat­ing them. But Olive has some se­crets of her own, like what hap­pened to her over the sum­mer, and her mor­tal dread of any­thing re­lat­ing to Bat­man…

Co- writ­ers Becky Cloo­nan and Bren­den Fletcher have jam- packed the first three is­sues of this Harry Pot­ter- es­que school saga with ec­cen­tric charm and like­able, in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters, giv­ing the comic its own dis­tinct iden­tity while sow­ing the seeds for plenty of up­com­ing plot threads. What pushes this from en­gag­ing, ac­ces­si­ble fun into un­miss­able ter­ri­tory is the stunning art­work from Karl Ker­schl ( backed up by lush colours from Geyser and Dave McCaig). The gor­geous, man­gaesque vi­su­als make this feel like the an­i­mated DC movie spin- off you never knew you wanted. Hope­fully Gotham Academy will be liven­ing up the world of Bat­man for many years to come. Saxon Bul­lock The first comic Becky Cloo­nan read was is­sue one of The Sil­ver Surfer: The Evo­lu­tion­ary War, when she was eight years old.

It’s easy to get jaded in a world filled with su­per­heroes.

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