Gotham Academy Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy will be available on June 23, brought to you by DC Comics. This volume contains the first six chapters that follows Olive Silverlock and her friends as they work together to figure out the countless mysteries that consume Gotham Academy. It doesn’t hurt that we get a few guest appearances by the one and only Batman.
Olive, herself is trapped in her own mystery, as she realizes that she cannot remember what happened during the summer. On the first day of school, she is forced to show around new student and her ex boyfriend’s sister, Mia MIzoguchi (aka Maps) around. Together they set out on an adventure to get to the bottom of a haunting. As their journey continues, a few new people join the group to give us a well rounded cast of characters.
Maps is by far my favorite, as they piece things together, she never misses a beat to add in a little fantasy tabletop references. While Olive is the main character, Maps is defiantly the one in charge most of the time. She thrives for adventure and Gotham Academy has become her new playground.
Olive on the other hand, is a little hard to connect with. She isn’t as open or inviting as Maps, which leaves the readers at a distance. I kept asking myself what was really going on with her, because throughout six books her problems are still so vague. Not to mention, there are times some really important details would have come in handy. I understand they don’t want to give everything away, but sometimes, bread crumbs are more appreciated than feeling like I’m just wandering around lost.
For the most part, I love the concept and theme. I see where writing team, Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher, are taking this and I am so interested. While I still wish there were a few more hints to what is really going on, I’m hooked. However, the most amazing part of this series is the art and colors. I wish I could just take the pages and start putting them around my room, until I am completely surrounded in the amazing combinations of the color team and artist Karl Kerschl.
Gotham Academy Volumes 1-6 are available, separately with the collection coming out June 23. The next installment, Gotham Academy volume 7 will out June 10th. I can’t wait to continue the story and see where this new group of friends end up next. There are so many possibilities.