Are you reading Gotham Academy? If not, you should be! This is a book great for both a young and old audience (and everyone in between too). Book four comes out this week (still time to catch up) and you don’t want to miss it. Thanks to writer Becky Cloonan, I had a chance to preview issue 4. It’s another great entry into this new world.
If you’ll recall, Gotham Academy #3 left off with quite the cliff hanger. Olive was reaching down into a large hole inside the abandoned and boarded up North Hall to retrieve the phone Pomeline had dropped when her arm was grabbed!
Gotham Academy #4 begins with Pomeline and Olive talking about that experience in gym class. It’s painfully clear that they immediately ran screaming from the North Hall, and left the door open, which tipped off school officials that someone had been snooping.
I’m not going to tell you much more about this issue because I don’t want to spoil anything. But I will say that the pacing of the story is brilliant, providing some great red herrings while also giving us some distinct payoffs and of course providing more cliffhangers to keep us coming back. The art continues to highlight the story and tone perfectly. And the colors! The lighting in each panel is stunning. And of course the story and characters…
Olive is exactly the kind of protagonist I’ve been wanting in comics. She’s strong but vulnerable. She’s dealing with massive past traumas while still trying to navigate the complicated affairs of adolescence. And she handles the discovery of a new character with much more aplomb than I ever would.
But Olive isn’t the only great character in Gotham Academy. Book 4 gives us more of Maps too. That little girl is the pluckiest little nerd. You can’t help but fall in love with her excitement and need to discover. We’re also gradually learning more about Olive’s other classmates – Pomeline and Heathcliff (who I love), and Kyle, that mysterious adorable blonde boy.
And of course, it wouldn’t be Gotham without a Wayne. The man himself makes another brief appearance in this book, talking about Olive no less. What’s the connection? What happened last summer? What was in the North Hall? I can’t wait to keep reading! And you need to make sure you run to your local comic shop to pick up Gotham Academy #4 (and 1-3) as soon as you can!