Gotham Academy #10

Writer: Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan Artist: Serge LaPointe, Msassyk, Karl Kerschl Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 9, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 10
8.2Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! To investigate a suspicious student, Olive and the gang join the school production of Macbeth! But is the play haunted?

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Sep 11, 2015

    This book hits the perfect sweet spot for me. It has just the right amount of humor, scares, and references to make it stand out as a truly great issue. AddKarl Kerschl's outstanding visuals to the mix and this becomes an unbeatable tale. The creative team proves once again that they understand the world of Batman almost better than any other team out there right now. They strive to recognize the past while also forging ahead to create something new for the future. I'd even go so far as to say that itepitomizes the best of what a comic should be. If you thought this book was nothing more than a couple of teenage girls at a boarding school, you are sorely mistaken. I can't recommend this book enough. If you don't at least pick it up and give it a chance, you only have yourself to blame. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 13, 2015

    Wheels within wheels, ham-to-ham combat, multi-level references and wonderful art… The total package. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Sep 9, 2015

    As a piece of the larger puzzle, Gotham Academy #10 definitely serves up a couple more tidbits that will leave smart readers on the edges of their seat. But as a single issue story, it delivers even far more enjoyment than youd expect. Cloonan, Fletcher, and Kerschl are pulling out all the stops in every single issue, packing it to the brim with the best of what a comic can be, and it shows. If you havent jumped on, this is the issue to try. And if you have been here all along, get ready. This is going to be one for the ages. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 12, 2015

    The latest issue of Gotham Academy is just a big ball of silly fun and I love it! There's still some drama simmering under the surface, but Cloonan, Fletcher and Kerschel just cut loose with this new issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Sep 11, 2015

    Meanwhile, that nightmare fuel named Katherine is in a perpetual state of kicking rocks. Everyone treats Katherine like a stray dog, but not like an American stray dog, I mean like a stray dog in Eastern Europe. If I had to guess I'd say Katherine grows up to be Toby from The Office. I imagine Karl Kerschl draws her with his eyes closed because humankind can't knowingly make a child so horrible and sad. She got luggage under her eyes and she's only like 15, man. It's gonna be a hard life, man. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Levi Hunt Sep 10, 2015

    This book continues to deliver spooky, funny, and sweet in equal measure. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Brian Delpozo Sep 11, 2015

    Artistically, artist Karl Kerschl and colorist Serge Lapointe deliver another good looking issue. Of particular note are the pages where Olive, Pomeline, and Maps act as the Three Witches from Macbeth. The only slight criticism I would offer is to a particularly striking cut that occurs in the middle of the book and doesn't make much visual or narrative sense. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Rainbow Hub - Logan Dalton Sep 10, 2015

    Like the twin dramatic masks, Gotham Academy #10 straddles tragedy and comedy. There is a lightness to Maps, Pomeline, and Olive throwing themselves into the roles of the Three Witches in a visual treat of a montage from Kerschl and company even though Macbeth is Shakespeare's second bloodiest tragedy. On the other side of the coin, there is Katherine uttering the fatalistic line, “For such as we are made of, such we be” against a single red curtain before she collapses into Clayface. This is line is from Twelfth Night, a classic comedy of errors. (It's much better than the actual Comedy of Errors, which is Shakespeare trying to hard to be Plautus.) Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher utilize the timeless language of the Bard to give insights into the cast ofGotham Academywhile staging an energetic battle of wits. This makes Gotham Academy#10 both a poignant and entertaining read. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 10, 2015

    Gotham Academy has a very solid installment here where once again the creative team feels like they utterly understand each other in a way that's just crazy in order to bring it to life so beautifully. The story itself feels like we're in the quiet patch, a discovery phase once more, and that has its own dark tidings around the edges that makes it exciting to read and see how it unfolds. Though the play itself doesn't do much for me I thoroughly loved seeing Trent as the director, having Strange as a professor and counselor for Olive and the use of a creative way to deal with Katherine that could lead to her being a really neat part of the group if they decide to truly draw her in. A very fun installment overall and a really good part of the overall arc of the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Sep 11, 2015

    I talked about "Gotham Academy" in our Comics Should Be Cheap column earlier this week when I declared the book DC's best Young Adult book and I meant it. The big reason behind that is it remembers that its protagonists are teenagers unlike certain other books (*cough*TeenTitans*cough*). Perhaps it benefits from none of the characters being superheroes and being only semi-connected to the Batman universe? Maybe. But we talk about certain books in terms of how "important" they are, whether it's in the context of the greater DC universe or in terms of greater social representation. And while it very much falls into the later category, I would make the further argument that it's important because it has a variety in the cast that feel like people. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Sep 12, 2015

    Still going strong and the mysteries surrounding Olive's mom and the Calamity entity and Olive's own powers are all really good. I'm excited to see where it continues to go but I think plotting needs to be a bit more weight and decompression. Just seems odd at times. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Michael Devaney Sep 12, 2015

    All elements and literary references in this issue work seamlessly together to make this an enjoyable read at every level. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Sep 10, 2015

    Gotham Academy surprises with complex character development and unpredictable relationships. Cloonan and Fletcher make us sympathize with Olive, Maps, and Pomeline as they navigate the stickiness of friendships. Maps gets one of her most vulnerable and sympathetic plotlines yet, as she feels hurt and replaced by her best friend. Readers can relate with these characters, and their adventures never fail to entertain and surprise us. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Joel Bowers Sep 10, 2015

    This issue was a good one that really did not further the story, but was still fun nonetheless. Some of the characters felt off and the pacing was too fast, but it was still a good story. The art is always so beautiful and top tier. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Gerry Green Sep 10, 2015

    If you have been reading my reviews of Gotham Academy you know that I am a big big fan. However, I am getting a bit frustrated at the lack of progress of the storyline with the two relatively weak one-shots. I was willing to give it a pass last month but now I am getting antsy. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 11, 2015

    "Gotham Academy" #10 struggles early, seemingly stretching to fill the pages of the entire issue. Cloonan and Fletcher make a gutsy decision to present so much of the rehearsal of "Macbeth," which mostly pays off but might have been better served splitting the space with more action. This isn't the greatest single issue of "Gotham Academy," but it does a great job of stressing the "Gotham" part of the title, raising mysteries, connecting clues and giving readers incentive to return next issue. I just hope the book brings back some more energy and consistency in chapters to come. Read Full Review

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