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Gotham Academy #4

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

The hunt for the Ghost of Gotham Academy begins!

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23 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    It can’t be denied that there is something special happening between these pages. Personally, I don’t know if it’s nostalgia for being a teenager obsessed with all things paranormal and Buffy the Vampire Slayer — or something else entirely — but this book brings me such joy. It is an absolute delight and I can’t help but read with a big grin on my face. It’s a huge step away from DC’s usual offerings and it really does have something for everyone.

  • 100

    Nerds On The Rocks

    More than the plot and the mystery, the thing that has kind of hooked me on this book since day one has been the characters. While a lot of them are your typical tropes, it is such a different book from the big 2 that you feel like you need to champion it. I mean how many books are catered towards the youth audience, and how many of them are actually interesting for adults? This book walks that fine line but makes it seem so easy.

    And it kind of makes me feel like a teenager gossip as time, like who is that mysterious guy and does Olive have the hots for him? Only one way to find out and that’s tuning in next month!

  • 95

    Weird Science DC Comics

    This book continues being great and exciting, fun. Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl continue giving fans a developing mystery and while we get some answers this month, we also get some intriguing new developments. I love this book and recommend it to anyone and everyone.

  • 92

    Graphic Policy

    The creative team proves here that they have a lot left in this series. Far from being a drop off in quality this issue might be the best so far, especially as the shock value has worn off from the first few issues for those that thought that such a series could never be good or entertaining. Indeed this is one of the best issues that DC has on offer from its wide selection of titles. It is still tied to superheroes and belongs in the DC Universe, but at the same time it mostly doesn’t and stands on its own by itself as well.

  • 90

    Comics: The Gathering

    There are many ways to tell a mystery story. You can mete out small details bit-by-bit, you can build a moody tension. You can build on a single concept, or you can overwhelm the reader with red herrings. Alternatively, you can team up with Karl Kerschel and just put out a naturally good story.

    Becky Cloonan has, of course, gone with the latter option and provided us with four issues of Gotham Academy so far. She has laid the groundwork for an interesting mystery through creative use of characters and the backdrop of the Gotham Academy itself, all while maintaining the youth-centric vibe of the title. I’m a few years removed from my teenage self, and on occasion find myself irritated when a book veers slightly towards a younger character set. (Looking at you, Batgirl.) However, Cloonan’s voice throughout the issue has no pandering aspect to it. These characters feel more real in every aspect, because they do act their age. Maps in particular is a frontrunner for my favorite character in this book. She’s a delight to read. She plays the perfect foil to Olive’s somewhat reluctant detective. The side cast continues to surprise me as they all are fleshed out slowly but surely, evolving from their stereotype bases.


    Karl. Freaking. Kerschl. The man whose name I’ve had to double check multiple times. He’s just as much a part of the storytelling here as Cloonan, which is exactly what I want from a comic book. Not someone drawing someone else’s words, or someone giving someone something to draw, but a true partnership. The fun aspect of Gotham Academy comes to life with his character designs. They border on cartoonish at times, which adds to the effect of the story of Scooby Doo meets Batman meets Morning Glories. A great read all around. If you’re not picking this book up, you should give it a chance.

  • 90

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