Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy
Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher, Karl Kerschl
DC Comics, 2015
Audience: All Teens
Reading Decathlon: Day 10, Book 10
Welcome to Gotham Academy, the most prestigious school in Gotham City. Only the best and brightest students may enter its halls, study in its classrooms, explore its secret passages, summon its terrifying spirits...
Okay, so Gotham Academy isn't like other schools. But Olive Silverlock isn't like other students. After a mysterious incident over summer break, she's back at school with a bad case of amnesia, an even worse attitude...and an unexplained fear of bats.
Olive's supposed to show new student Maps Mizoguchi the ropes. Problem: Maps is the kid sister of Kyle, Olive's ex. Then there's the ghost haunting the campus...and the secret society conducting bizarre rituals.
Can Olive and Maps ace the biggest challenge of their lives? Or are they about to get schooled?
I wasn’t a fan, unfortunately. It felt too young for me, and I didn’t know enough about the Batman franchise to understand what was truly going on. I knew about Bruce Wayne, Batman (duh) and the last name Cobblepot, but that’s it. On top of my ignorance, the reader was dropped into the story with little introduction. I’m sure part of that was because the main character was suffering from amnesia, but it still made me feel lost, which I didn’t like. The ghost mystery and additional plot lines felt a little bit like Scooby-Doo to me, and that was disappointing. However, the ending was enough to make me consider reading the next installment, but I won’t make a special effort to seek it out.