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Gotham Academy #3

Gotham Academy #3 Cover Art

Gotham Academy #3 Cover Art

The Ghost in the North Hall

I continue to enjoy Gotham Academy, but Cloonan’s wavy plot lines are starting to move from enigmatic to confusing.

Once again, not much happens in this issue, and we seem to have skipped several weeks of in-comic time without really resolving anything that happened previously. Olive, Maps, and their previous-nemesis-turned-copatriots Pomeline and Colton break into the North Hall to see what they can find. Olive has a deja vu moment, a creepy hand appears out of a hole in the floor, and then the issue ends.

Overall, I’m still enjoying the title, but I hope some more concrete plot resolution is coming in the next episode, 3/5.

 

Posted by on January 21, 2015 in Comics

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Gotham Academy #2

Gotham Academy #2 Cover Art

Gotham Academy #2 Cover Art

The Diary of Millie Jane Cobblepot

Gotham Academy might be the best chance DC has to regain my patronage. Issue #2 was a rarity in comics; almost nothing of substance happened, yet I was interested the whole way through. Cloonan and Fletcher make an incredible team, and this issue shows that well. I’m pretty sure Fletcher told at least half the story in this issue, not just illuminated it, actually told it.

In this issue, we get introduced a little better to our protagonist, Olive, although Cloonan has decided to keep Olive’s secrets from the reader as well. After a few typical high school mishaps throughout the day, Olive notices a cloaked figure stealing across the lawn that night. Along with Maps, she follows the figure to the entrance of the Cobblepot crypt, a name that has been full of foreshadowing so far. Inside, she disrupts a group of likewise cloaked figures from some form of ritual.

Thats it, not much plot for a whole issue, but I loved every bit of it. 4/5, can’t wait for #3.

 

Posted by on January 17, 2015 in Comics

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Gotham Academy #1

Gotham Academy #1 Cover Art

Gotham Academy #1 Cover Art

Welcome to Gotham Academy

Gotham Academy is another one of the few DC titles that I was looking forward to. Much like Arkham Manor, I was excited by the possibility of a new, interesting story set in a familiar setting. Unlike Arkham Manor, Gotham Academy actually shows promise.

Cloonan tells the story of Olive Silverlock, a second year student at Gotham Academy and her acquaintances. Issue #1 starts on the first day of her second term, and it doesn’t start well. Cloonan hints at some plot points I assume she will unfold later with references to an eventful summer and the estrangement of her (ex?) boyfriend. Complicating things is her ex’s little sister, “Maps” Mizoguchi, who obviously idolizes Olive.

Cloonan and Fletcher both show their skill in this issue, weaving a story and artwork around and between facts and ideas that the reader knows are important, but never quite nail them down. In media res is hard to do, and so far, Cloonan has done it well. After finishing this issue, I feel like I know just enough about Gotham Academy and Olive to know that I know nothing, and eagerly await the next installment, 4/5.

 

Posted by on January 11, 2015 in Comics

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