Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Vol. 1: Welcome Back

Gotham Academy Second Semester


Publisher:DC Comics
Released: July 25th 2017
Received: Borrowed from a friend
Issues: #1-3, 5-8
Rating: 4 kitty rating


When I first started reading Gotham Academy, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and if I’m being honest, I thought it would be a slightly juvenile series that I would grow tired of fairly quickly. Let me tell you just how wrong I was about that. Every volume (this one in particular) seems to up the ante on dark revelations and surprising twits. If you haven’t read the series before, I highly recommend going back and starting from the beginning (and don’t forget to read the cross-over with the Lumberjanes, it’s so cute and funny!).

Spoiler Warning

Olive Silverlock is the only student staying at the school over holiday break and yes, it is exactly as boring and dreary as it sounds for poor Olive. Things pick up pretty quickly for her once her new roommate arrives (fun fact: it isn’t Maps, much to the younger girl’s dismay). Amy forces Olive to try new things and push the boundaries of what she’s comfortable with (such as breaking her teacher’s window in revenge for ditching her). Needless to say, from there things spiral pretty quickly for Olive.

There’s a whole bunch of other stories and events up in the air, such as Pom’s quest to finally reach her family’s legacy (something she’s been obsessed about from the beginning, mind you), Colton’s near expulsion, Maps going missing, and a visit from Batman. While everything gets resolved along the way, they all have pretty dramatic consequences and revelations at the end.

I’ll start with the one that felt the most side quest feeling, which was Maps getting brainwashed. Ironically this actually sets off a chain of events that bring us to everything else; but for some reason it just felt disjointed to me. Maps gets kidnapped by a witch and starts stealing and then burning books. It turns out the whole thing is a plot to get revenge about Mr. Scarlet (who had similar motives to Pom, though less pure, which is saying something). This event led to Colton getting busted by a teacher, Pom getting her hands on the map (the one that helps that solve the final bits of the puzzle for her), as well as a handful of other events.

Now on to all the revelations I mentioned earlier: All I can say is poor Colton. It’s so easy to think that Olive has it worse than the rest of the kids, being an orphan, but just because one of the characters has a bad time of it doesn’t mean the others are doing fantastic. Colton removing his sunglasses not only finally showed us his eyes, but everything he has been going through too, and it just made my heart ache for him (throw in the whole in love with Kyle plot, and you just want to hug the kid).

It turns out that the ties that bind Pom and Olive run deeper than just their friendship, but I’ll let the volume tell you the whole story. Let it just be said that between that plot twist and the revelation about Olive’s ancestry had my mind blown. Throw in the fact that Batman knew this and in my opinion, acted poorly to “prevent” it (aka unintentionally cause it by not considering a young girl’s feelings), and you have a whole level of intensity and insanity going on. I can’t wait for the next volume to come out so I can see where it leads from here.



About Liz

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try and artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. The facts: My favorite color is constantly changing, so don’t worry about trying to keep up with that! I’m in my 20’s, married, and looking to find the perfect job for me (ideally something that can involve my creativity or my love of animals). I have 6 cats (If we’re being technical, I have 2 cats and my parents have 4), a bearded dragon, a parakeet, and two betas. I adore all of them, and they frequently are my photography models. My blog will primarily be consisting of my 365 (366) photography project, updated daily (hopefully). I’m also working on a 52 weeks project, where I try a new type of photography style or technique each week. That will be updated as the photos are processed.
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