Title: Gotham Academy Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy
Author: Becky Colonna, Brenden Fletcher
Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: June 17, 2015
Gotham Academy is in Gotham City, home of Batman. Olive returns to school after a rough summer. Her mother was locked away in a building, but it collapsed so she’s in a coma now. Olive wasn’t able to see her boyfriend, Kyle, so now they’ve drifted apart. Olive has to take Kyle’s sister, Maps, under her wing to show her around school. But Maps is only interested in finding the ghost that keeps appearing. They are supposed to stay away from the North Hall, but of course that’s where Maps wants to look for the ghost. The girls need to use the diary of Millie Jane to find the secrets of Gotham Academy.
I liked this story. There was some mystery around the ghost, but it had a typical “ghostly” reveal. But that was only part of the story. I enjoyed the plot, and it would be appropriate for middle grade readers too.
I hope the next volume has more aspects of Gotham. There were hints of the Arkam Asylum in this one, but I hope they explore more of the inmates next time.