Gotham Academy Is The Hogwarts Of The DC Universe (And I Want My Acceptance Letter)

By Christine Marie Vinciquarra


Gotham Academy has been on my mind since I heard about it a few months ago. I was itching to get my hands on a copy. The whole concept of it immediately intrigued me, and I couldn't wait to find out more. Written by Becky Cloonan, and Brenden Fletcher, Gotham Academy is a refreshing tale with a spooky setting. Karl Kerschl illustrates Gotham in a familiar yet different way. The art style is more of a manga type style, which I like. The color scheme is gloomy, with a few splashes of bright color thrown in for good measure.

The two main characters, Olive and Maps immediately won me over. Right from the start, you feel like you know what kind of characters they are, and who they hope to be. The mischievous, curious type, that are bound to get into trouble time and time again. However, I will say that I am more interested in Olive's character and what has happened in her life thus far.

As I was reading, I found myself thinking about Harry Potter and the well known setting his books took place in, Hogwarts. I suspect that the writers of Gotham Academy, Cloonan and Fletcher, will have the same opportunities J.K. Rowling had writing in a school setting. Especially because the suspenseful plot has already been set up, the place is suspected to be haunted, and creatures seem to be lurking around corners. Being a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, I hope that my prediction is true. In time, I'm sure I will be waiting for an acceptance letter to Gotham Academy, since I'm still waiting on my letter to Hogwarts. I think that this comic series is a great addition to the DC Universe. Besides, who doesn't love a good Bruce Wayne cameo?

Gotham Academy Issue #1 from DC Comics is written by Becky Cloonan, and Brenden Fletcher, with art by Karl Kerschl.

Christine Marie Vinciquarra is a writer and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. Some of her favorite things include: Batgirl, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Saga, Game of Thrones (the books and the show), Johnny Depp, and all things Disney. She spends her weekends feeding her competitive side while she plays tabletop and/or video games with her husband and friends. She is currently working on a series of young adult fantasy novels. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog

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