An all-new era of GOTHAM ACADEMY begins here with the four-issue ‘Gotham Academy Yearbook’ story! It’s yearbook time at Gotham Academy, and Olive, Maps and the gang share some lost adventures from the past year. Some of the best writers and artists from comics and beyond join forces with the creative team behind Gotham City’s top boarding school for this very special new chapter.
ComicosityA bold move for a title so young, the Gotham Academy Yearbook starts off with a bang in issue #14 and I couldn't be more pleased. Every creative team on this issue could launch an ongoing title at DC Comics " about anything " and I'd snatch it up in a second. Here's hoping this primer is just that, a way for DC to test the critical waters or get us to dip our toes into the magic that is some of these story styles. Because after reading Gotham Academy #14, I want more.
The Fandom PostWhile the bridging stories worked for me and the first two pieces worked, the third on from Scottie dog and Kris Mukai about Professor MacPherson when she was here back in the 80's really didn't. Like, flat out just didn't connect and didn't even feel like I could engage with it. thankfully, the other stories in it worked really well for me and just tickled the right spot to make me grin and to feel more attuned to the characters and the little things that happen along the way. Whether this can work well for a four issue run remains to be seen, but I'm certainly game as there's a lot of appeal in trying to do different things and shake it up a bit.
Multiversity ComicsWhile perhaps not the best direction for the book, the creators still provide a good set of side stories for the Academy.
Dark Knight NewsWhile the yearbook idea seems fun, the pedestrian tales left something to be desired causing the newness to wear off quickly. Although not completely unentertaining, I’m accustomed to a little more from the title.
Batman-NewsIf you’ve read any of my previous reviews for Gotham Academy, you know that I tend to shower it with pretty much constant praise. Having said that, I’m not going to allow my love for the series to blind me to what is most clearly a sub par chapter. I really wish I could tell you that this was awesome, but then I would be lying to you and myself, and I’m not going to do that. Providing a blurb as to why I thought the book wasn’t all that good isn’t really that easy when you consider that 7 different writers and artists contributed to the content. It’s not as simple as blaming one aspect or individual, when many disparate elements contributed to the books downfall. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that there isn’t good writing and art in the book, but when you take everything into consideration, there is a lot of less than stellar stuff included that contributes to a pretty rough read.