Rummanah Aasi
Description: At the beginning of the term, Olive Silverlock returned to Gotham Academy a shadow of her former self. But thanks to her new friendships and their Detective Club sleuthing, Olive was finally starting to feel whole again. But now, Olive is seeing ghosts. A spectral, robed figure is haunting the Academy, and haunting Olive in particular, appearing to her and giving sinister instructions. Could this spirit be the key to unlocking the secrets of her family's dark past? Or is Olive simply losing her grip on reality?"

Review: Gotham Academy is a fun mash up of Scooby Doo meets the gothic, gloomy Gotham City. While I didn't like this volume as much as I did the first, mainly because it did not flow very well and felt choppy as there were no logical transitions between the scenes. Maps takes up much of the first half of this volume. Her partnering up with the grumpy and wiser than his years Damian Wayne was fun to witness. I adore Maps, the energetic and adorable girl whose eyes light up when a new mystery surfaces, but she felt like the energizer bunny who bounced off the walls and was just too much for me in this volume. I do hope that we see more of Damian Wayne has he was the yin to Map's peppy yang. 
  The second half of the volume is where the real story begins as Olive learns more about her mother and her past. Olive's story is what keeps me curious about the Gotham Academy series. Olive is your quintessential angsty teen but her story also gives the series some depth by addressing the themes of acceptance and loss. While not a great volume, we do get some answers that moves the story forward. Here's hoping the next volume picks up.

Rating: 3 stars

Words of Caution: There are some disturbing images and brief language. Recommended for Grades 7 and up.

If you like this book try: Batgirl by Cameron Stewart, Batman: Lil Gotham by Dustin Nguyen
4 Responses
  1. I like the whole Scooby Doo vibe, sounds fun. Sorry this wasn't a strong installment, though.

  2. Even though it is angsty, It still sounds entertaining. You know you had me at Scooby Doo. LOL

  3. Kindlemom Says:

    Wonderful detailed and honest review for this!

  4. Aylee Says:

    I haven't heard too much about this series but I'm always up for trying out a new graphic novel. I'm def digging the concept of this one!

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