Review: Gotham Academy, Vol. 2: Calamity by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl

April 11, 2016 Review 2

Review: Gotham Academy, Vol. 2: Calamity by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl KerschlGotham Academy: Calamity by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl
Published by DC Comics on March 22, 2016
Genres: Graphic Novel, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kate
4 Stars

Gotham Academy is haunted!

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.

Then, abruptly, Olive’s mother died—or, she seemed to. In the weeks after the funeral, Olive begins seeing her mother around the school. An Arkham Asylum patient with a deadly dark side, Sybil Silverlock was a powerful and complicated woman. Could her spirit be reaching out from beyond the grave? And if so, is it motherly Sybil who haunts Olive—or her deadly alter ego Calamity?

Plus, the kids hunt a werewolf on campus and Maps teams up with the Academy’s newest transfer, Damian Wayne!

Writers Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher team with artists Karl Kerschl and Mingjue Helen Chen for GOTHAM ACADEMY VOL. 2: CALAMITY. Collects GOTHAM ACADEMY #7-12 and DC SNEAK PEEK: GOTHAM ACADEMY #1.

A solid ghost story with a fun mystery, GOTHAM ACADEMY VOL 2: CALAMITY is a fun read, building upon GOTHAM ACADEMY VOL 1: WELCOME TO GOTHAM ACADEMY. This is a comic I'm going to follow for as long as its around - the art is great, the writing is clever, and the characters are all ones I want to get to know.

With the death of Olive's mother, there's a new mystery for the gang to solve. While it wouldn't be difficult to jump in to this series at this volume, I'd definitely recommend WELCOME TO GOTHAM ACADEMY for the back story. But with the secret passages, Olive's memory gaps, and the possible werewolf around campus, plus the field trip to discover more about Calamity, a villain with possible ties to Olive's family, there's plenty to keep a new reader occupied. I know I couldn't stop myself from reading the entire volume in one sitting, as it had me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know what would happen next!

Full of action and fun, this is a perfect young adult graphic novel, and fun for adults too - with the subtle Batman references sure to delight any comic book lover. Definitely worth the time, it's a delight to read and enjoy!

Series Titles:
  1. Welcome to Gotham Academy
  2. Calamity
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