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Gotham Academy #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 18 critic ratings.


Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange is the students!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
22 pages
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18 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Spectrum

    Gotham Academy is my favorite first issue from DC Comics in recent memory. It is a completely different type of comic book from anything else I’m reading, and we were given a finely tuned and polished story. This issue was an absolute pleasure to read. Every element of the story, from those stated outright to those that were just hinted and teased at, seemed to be given to us on purpose and with intent, with each hint or clue leading to more questions. Is the North Wing haunted? Why is Olive terrified of Batman? What’s the connection between Olive and Bruce Wayne? No story time was wasted. Lots of questions are provided to keep me coming back for answers. This is a series that I won’t be missing.

  • 100

    DC Comics News

    Did you read the first few lines of the review? Buy this. Show DC that experimenting with fresher, younger content and tones is profitable if not more profitable than what they’ve been doing tonal-wise. That’s the only way to get the company to listen to change and grow. Girls matter. Teenagers matter. 40 year old white guys reading the same junk over and over again; don’t matter.

  • 100

    Comic Vine

    Welcome to the freshest take on Gotham this side of the New 52. GOTHAM ACADEMY enriches the city we know so well, stretching the scope wider than the heroes and villains we’re used to, and inviting us along for an interesting tale that shares as many notes with Harry Potter as it does with classic Bat lore. The creative team has knocked this one out of the park — it’s recognizably Gotham (Bruce Wayne cameo and all), but it’s brimming with heart and absolutely distinct from any other title with bats on the cover.

  • 100


    Gotham Academy #1 contains the perfect mix of mystery, action, and intrigue. While we see a few familiar faces in the first issue, one thing is very clear: this is not a sidekick school. Instead, Gotham Academy focuses on original characters who are living at a boarding school in the most interesting (and let’s face it, craziest) city in the world.


    The creators have assured us (in interviews on The Hangout) that they have years of material ready with influences from all across Batman continuity. In fact, there are already tons of easter eggs in Gotham Academy #1 of events to come! It’s clear just from the first issue that this is Cloonan, Fletcher, and Kerschl’s love letter to Gotham. The series promises to delve more into the history of Gotham, how Batman affects the lives of ordinary citizens, and what it’s really like to grow up in such an enchanting, twisted city.

    Gotham Academy will please new readers, young fans, and anyone who loves Batman and the city he lives in. I, personally, would love to go to Gotham Academy.

  • 100


    Dark, yet fun, Gotham Academy is a fun intro to a side of Gotham City that we may not usually get to see. It also includes young girls on adventures, which is also a plus.

  • 100

    Comic Booked

    Gotham Academy #1 is the nostalgia trip to the school days I always imagined I would be having. Running around the school, climbing bell towers, and searching for ghosts. This is everything I ever wanted as a kid incorporated into a single issue.

  • 97

    Weird Science DC Comics

    I know it may sound like I’m gushing about this book, but I already love it. The characters, setting, and art are so magical that anyone that reads will surely join me. I wonder where it fits in the grand scheme of the New 52, but for now, I’m having too much fun to care. It’s a pleasant surprise to me, but this book has jumped to the top of my pull list.

  • 96

    Gotham Academy #1 springs off the page, loaded with energy and adventure. It balances the joys and sorrows of youth without stumbling into cliches or melodrama. Upon finishing it for the first time, I wanted to read it again instead of moving onto the rest of my Wednesday pulls. I don’t think anyone expected a comic about a Gotham prep school to be very good; I certainly didn’t. I was so very wrong though. This comic is incredible.

    There is something really, truly, genuinely exciting about Gotham Academy and I cannot wait to read more.

  • 95

    Gotham Academy is the first of these new Bat-books that Doyle has helmed as editor, and it doesn’t feel like anything else DC Comics is publishing right now. (This is such a good thing.) It’s co-written by Brendan Fletcher and multiple-Eisner Award winner Becky Cloonan, with art by Karl Kerschl. And his art is beautiful, so exquisitely colored by Romain Gaschet that the panels look like animation stills. A few pages at the beginning are framed by a rain storm, and you can practically smell the ozone and feel the rumble of lightning and thunder. (Unfortunately, the coloring in the comic’s print version is a bit muddier than that in the preview-PDFs that had been released; hopefully future issues will better balance such things.)

  • 90

    Graphic Policy

    The end result is a standout issue, in truth one of the best that I have read from DC in a long time. It stepped way outside of the formulaic box with this one and it would seem only by purposefully going back that it could misstep. It is likely going to be a shame, because when more ambitious books from the big two lose the money game they get canceled, so fans of something new should get behind this while they have the chance.

  • 90

    Weekly Comic Book Review

    A shining new piece to Gotham’s already rich mythology, the issue almost lives up to all the hype that’s preceded it.

  • 84

    The Fandom Post

    I’ve enjoyed some of Becky Cloonan’s works before, so seeing her write in this element definitely has me interested, and to see how it works with Fletcher as well. Karl Kerschl definitely finds the right tone for the series with the artwork used in terms of layouts and architectural designs, but I’m waffling a little bit on the two page map spread since that just felt a little too forced in a “youthful” direction. By and large, this is almost a hard to read book in a sense because it spends its time introducing the two main characters but doesn’t provide a significant hook beyond that. There’s no immediate threats or dangers, but if you read between the lines you can see so much potential there. It doesn’t knock it out of the park at the start, which you may want it to in order to have a good book with two teenage female characters, but what it does succeed in doing is making you engage with them, their situation and where it can go from there. It’s a solid if curious start that’s full of potential.

  • 80


    We barely scratch the surface of the endless potential that this book has. And that’s why it was so hard to score and critique this book. It’s situations like Gotham Academy, where I wish the debut could be a trade or mini collection consisting of roughly four issues. I believe it would sell more people on adding the title to their rotation, because they would have a stronger knowledge of what they’re really getting into. At the moment, and despite how much I want to, I don’t feel confident in saying, “Pull this book It’s amazing!!” because I don’t really know if it is worthwhile or holistically accurate. What I will confidently say, is that at the end of the issue, I wanted more. Gotham Academy offers up some goodness, covered in loads and loads of potential. And it’s that potential – after reading the issue a few times – that resulted in me landing on my final score.

  • 80


    Overall, Gotham Academy stands apart from previous Bat books both in tone and execution. Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher are off to a fine start, though not all of their characters yet feel fully formed. Karl Kerschl proves a great fit for the book’s exuberant tone, his stylized visuals sure to garner many return readers.

  • 80

    Chuck's Comic Of The Day

    Well, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the new series Gotham Academy – and after reading it, I’m still not sure.

    I assume this series is aimed at young females, and if so, kudos to DC for reaching out to an audience that has, shamefully, been virtually ignored for years by the major comics companies.

    It follows a couple of girls – silver-haired Olive and young Maps – who are enrolled at the huge school (the kind of sprawling structure you might find in a video game).

    It’s based in Gotham City, of course, and they must cope with rude classmates, frightening teachers and the dangers they find while exploring the forbidden sections of the ancient school.

    Of course, there’s an apparent connection to Batman and Bruce Wayne – but at this point, I’m not sure what it is (more thorough Bat-fans will probably pick up on it more quickly than yours truly).

    But for a first issue, it doesn’t really give us a lot to go on – we barely meet the main characters, and the supporting cast just gets a quick check-in.

    There’s a lot of potential here, and I hope it finds its audience, but I have to admit, this isn’t a series aimed at a geezer like me.

    But if it brings more female readers into the business, I’m all for it.

  • 80

    Comics: The Gathering

    Immediately before even beginning to read Gotham Academy, there is an instant gravitation to the artwork. It has an incredibly animated feel to it, already separating it from the darker tones that are typical for your regular run of the mill Gotham story. Of course the palette still uses darker shades and the overall look still remains rather ominous, but the characters stand out from the darkness and mystery of the school. The main character in fact, Olive Silverlock who literally has locks of silver hair certainly stands out in a crowd, drawing the readers to her. Not much is known about her and as we progress through the issue, only more questions about her are raised, being just as mysterious as the school in which she stays.

    Aside from Olive, we’re also introduced to Maps Mizoguchi who’s an adorable little firecracker with her bright green backpack and innocent curiosity for her new school. While Gotham Academy will bring on a larger ensemble of characters Olive and Maps are the two we primarily deal with in this issue which are two characters that are perfect for kind of establishing what we’ll be getting from the series. It’s clear that these characters have histories, and it’s also refreshing that we don’t know what their history completely entails because they’re new characters to us. There’s a whole new part of Gotham created to explore, and these two affably charming (Maps) and mysterious (Olive) characters will help us explore it.

    And for those who are concerned of how all this ties into DC and Batman, worry not. Bruce Wayne already makes an appearance and it’s clear that he, or Batman rather has some sort of story tied to Olive’s character, and as we continue on, we’ll see more of that as well as more characters related to other Gotham characters. Not to mention the classes are very geo-centric as we’ll see they have a “History of Gotham-City” class, which is very interesting to witness even in passing.

    I’m waiting to see where the story develops a little more before I’m completely sold on it, it’s only natural for a first issue of this nature to raise more questions than actually begin to answer anything, but so far the entire creative team has sold me on the art (most definitely), and the concept and all I can say is that I’m very excited to see where it goes and how much this first arc will choose to explore.

  • 80


    This is just a delightful comic. It reminds me a lot of Ms. Marvel, which you know I love! Olive Silverlock and her friends, especially Maps, are the right kind of quirky to get my attention, and Cloonan and Fletcher do a good job of building up Olive’s mystery without spoiling too much too soon. The entire cast is well-fleshed-out in the first issue, beyond just their weird names (Olive Silverlock! Maps Mizoguchi! Pomeline Fritch!)

    One could argue that there isn’t a lot of action in this issue, and clearly there are no superheroes, but that’s entirely the point. Not all comics need superheroes or action in this day and age. I would have been perfectly happy had Olive not had to save Maps from falling to her death. Cloonan and Fletcher do an amazing job filling these brand new characters with personality. These are definitely going to be characters to follow.

    Olive Silverlock as the new Robin, maybe?!

    I love the angle that this isn’t a superhero comic, but another corner of the DC Universe that we get to explore. I always love peeking into the nooks and crannies of any superhero universe. And with Kerschl on art, they all do a great job setting up the spookiness of the setting, without getting too weird.

    This isn’t Hogwarts, after all, but it might be just as much fun.

  • 50


    This book looks superior, but reads like last year’s model. Having a book set outside the normal crime fighting happenings of Gotham is a terrific idea, but the story has really got to improve if this is to survive.

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