(I know I’m late with this) Actually I was pretty close between Robin Son of Batman and this title, but I love all the original characters in this comic and the art is just so nice. Also I love all the random cameos of Gotham characters. (I really wanted to do this because its been at least like 2 years since I’ve made edits of anything)
Publisher: DC Comics
(W) Brendan Fletcher (A) Jonathan Lam (CA) Mingjue Helen Chen
When a mysterious circus sets up outside Gotham Academy, Detective Club is on the case! Even Headmaster Hammer seems to be keeping secrets about the Carnival Midnight, though, and Olive, Maps and company might find more lurking under the bigtop than they bargained for!
so i’ve been getting a lot of people asking me whether or not gotham academy is the worth the money. and i get it. comics are expensive. but this one is worth it i promise. you should get it because:
teenage girls that actually look like teenage girls
if you like scooby doo or nancy drew or fun kid mysteries like that
several non-white protagonists
most of whom are girls
olive is great. she’s the first young protagonist who doesn’t like batman, because of what happened over the summer, and she could honestly go either way at the mo in the hero/villain department
also she can start FIRES
it’s also got a really heartfelt side in that this is a girl recovering from her mother’s death and then having her world torn apart again when she realizes that her mom’s not only alive but a SUPER-VILLAIN
(WHAT HAPPENED IN THE SUMMER)
also maps. maps is a great character. there are few characters in comics that make me laugh out loud but maps is one of them.
if you’re a killer croc fan and like seeing him being portrayed sympathetically then you will like issue 5/6. it’s the best written croc’s been in years imo
also if you’re a fan of damian wayne issue 7 is probably right up your alley
also it’s so much FUN. dc likes its dark and gritty, which is okay for a short while, but this is so far from that. it’s not about the DOOM OF GOTHAM it’s about these young kids growing up, being friends and exploring mysteries in their school/city
it’s off the wall at times but in a good way. there’s an issue where clayface battles the school’s drama teacher in a actor vs actor verbal battle. and then they defeat him with a water hose. that kind of 1966 batman stuff that makes gotham academy all that more special
THE ART. KARL KERSCHL OWNS MY SOUL
they don’t have an lgbt+ lead yet however the creative team have said they are actively trying to work one into the upcoming issues.
the upcoming issues will also branch out into gotham some more. maps and olive will go exploring in gotham pretty soon and also have to go to arkham asylum to rescue one of their friends. that premise alone excites me so much