Gotham Academy: Second Semester #3

Writer: Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, Karl Kerschl Artist: Adam Archer, Sandra Hope Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 9, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 4
7.4Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Could it be? Maps Mizoguchi has abandoned Detective Club for...Witch Club?! The gang refuses to believe that their fearless cartographer would ever betray them. A mystery must be afoot! But who is behind it and what sinister plans do they have for the Academy?

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Alexis Simonetta Nov 9, 2016

    The story keeps going back to the symbols Amy and Olive found in the first issue. They aren't very pronounced in this story and honestly when they are mentioned it doesn't make a lot of sense. I think the imagery is there but they show up so late that I almost forgot about them. I'm going to need a little more insight. I'm also trying to come to terms with the fact that because I didn't read the first part of this series I'm going to keep seeing characters that I don't understand. I met Katherine for the first time–I love the character in this issue, but I have no idea who or what she is in reference to the club. I'll be brushing up on my Detective Club info soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Nov 14, 2016

    The creative team continues to build on the promises they made as the many stories develop. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Nov 12, 2016

    Gotham Academy is slowly working its way back into my heart after some problematic Yearbook issues in the previous series. This issue has its problems as well, mostly with Haxan and another nod toward bigger things at play, but the real draw continues to be the character dynamic with this group that's come about. I do wish we had more with the teachers, especially those with rich histories, and digging more into the curious and endless past of the Academy itself. The other big draw is the artwork and I'm usually not one to say read a book even if you don't like the story because the art is fantastic. This is one of those books that it's worth it just from that point of view alone. Thankfully, the art and storyline with the characters all blends together well and that makes it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Nov 15, 2016

    Overall, this issue is without even needing a major event or serious climax; it's Gotham Academy's baseline, which is structurally sound, entertaining, lighthearted storytelling. The use of fishbowl Katherine was clever and funny (poor Katherine, Gotham Academy's Toby), a short-term mystery was solved, and it all segues nicely into what will be the next adventure. Keep reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Gerry Green Nov 10, 2016

    I am enjoying Gotham Academy Second Semester very much. Month in and month out it has been a high point of my comics reading. I love the characters and the beauty of the art. Also, the whole setting of a creepy boarding school is right up my alley. I am going to resist rating it too high because I know this book isn't what everyone likes in a comic, but if you like quiet and creepy supernatural stories this one is for you. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Nov 9, 2016

    The mysterious head of the Witch Club is revealed, and I'm not sure if I've seen her before in this book, or if I even care. The whole thing was sort of bland and contrived, and felt more like a Scooby-Doo? Where Are You? cartoon than a comic book. There are some tantalizing seeds sown for future issues, though, and I do appreciate the fact that this was a two-part story instead of some written-for-trade monster. Fans of the series will want to check it out. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Nov 9, 2016

    As comics go, this wasn't the worst thing I've ever read, but as issues of Gotham Academy go, it was pretty bad. Maybe bad isn't the right word. More like uninspired. Although at times it does have sloppy dialogue and unnatural transitions. Basically, it's getting harder and harder to make excuses for this book. Perhaps I simply need to face the fact that Gotham Academy has seen its best stories come and go and there's simply nothing awe-inspiring to look forward to. I'll keep sticking with the book for awhile. But they are starting to skate on some incredibly thin ice. If something doesn't happen soon, I'm going to start looking at this book as a chore instead of a pleasure. Read Full Review

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