Gotham Academy: Second Semester #2

Gotham Academy: Second Semester #2

Writer: Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, Karl Kerschl Artist: Adam Archer, Sandra Hope Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 12, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 6
7.7Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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Despite Olive's new friendship with the rebellious Amy, she, Maps, Kyle, Colton and Pomeline are back together at last. The only thing they're a mystery! Maps campaigns to recruit new cases, but stumbles on a threat that might be too big for even the Detective Club.

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Alexis Simonetta Oct 12, 2016

    Overall this is a really great issue. I like the availability to the younger crowd and the story is fun and mysterious. The art really showcases the fantasy feel and pops off the page. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Gerry Green Oct 13, 2016

    Ok, ok, I know that I am a total Gotham Academy fanboy, it is my favorite comic book on the shelves. The Yearbook issues were creative but didn't have the moody art of the regular book. The Lumberjanes effort is fun, but doesn't have the beauty and relationship building we have here. Even the last issue lacked the interplay between the Detective Club characters. It isn't any one of these elements that I love so much, but the combination that works so well. I am so happy to have Gotham Academy back and in full form I am going to give the issue a half Batarang boost in my rating from last month. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Oct 17, 2016

    Mysterious, smart, and absolutely funny, Gotham Academy Second Semester has its familiar groove. In one scene, a thankful Maps exclaims “Thank the Seven!” and it was so funny I audibly laughed at the random and silly Game of Thrones reference. Second Semester is a great jumping on point if you're new to the series and been wanting to find your entry in. You'll be happy you did. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 20, 2016

    While I'm still getting back into the mindset of a Gotham Academy book, this is the one that's doing the heavy lifting of getting me there. I liked what the first issue presented with a way to bring Amy into the mix and to showcase Olive, but this one shows the fallout from a new person angling toward the group and how easily things can fracture – especially at this age. The book feels closer to the artwork of the original run with Kerschl, though not quite, so there's a lot of appeal to be had in that as well. I like the mystery of who the new villain is as she's presented well visually and we get a couple of subplots slowly kicking up here, with Eric and his symbols that Pom's after and whatever the truth may be about Amy as well. Good stuff that has me hopeful that the series can recapture a good portion of what made the original early run so fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Oct 13, 2016

    Another chapter in the ongoing saga of one of comics most precious and entertaining reads, Gotham Academy: Next Semester #2 is the start of a new story that, while much more subdued that previous stories, is truly but a preface. As adventure ramps up, it would behoove us to prepare. Its not always going to be this serene on campus. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Oct 17, 2016

    Fine for what it is, continuing to set up for the future of the book. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Oct 12, 2016

    This issue is very Maps Mizoguchi-centered, which is a relief after the previous issue that barely featured her at all! While there are lots of cute moments and some groundwork is laid for future stories, the whole thing is rather dull. The shocking conclusion isn't shocking at all, and the perceived threat to the school's integrity doesn't translate. I guess there are worse comics out there: ones that don't feature Maps Mizoguchi at all. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Oct 13, 2016

    Second Semester part 2 is a mismatch of everything and then the kitchen sink. With so much going on, a clear story never really develops till the very end. Before that, it seems to all be nothing more than fan service scenes put in place to remind us of the past. While I'm all for supporting Gotham Academy because I love the ambiance of the book and the amalgamation of universes it mashes together, this just wasn't a very strong issue for me. While this story is acceptable, I am judging it against other Gotham Academy stories, and as such, it just doesn't measure up. Read Full Review

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