Gotham Academy #16

Writer: Brenden Fletcher, James Tynion IV, Ken Niimura Artist: Adam Archer, Christian Wildgoose, Ken Niimura, Sandra Hope, Serge LaPointe Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 9, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 6
8.2Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Its Yearbook part 3! As Olive and the gang continue to help Maps with her yearbook project, they recall some of the crazier escapades from the past year! Including stories from writer James Tynion IV (BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL, CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER) and artists Christian Wildgoose (VERTIGO CMYK) and Ken Niimura (I Kill Giants)!

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Mar 9, 2016

    So, sit back, take in a yarn or two, revel in the gorgeousness of Niimuras line or the cleverness of Tynions dialogue, and thank the stars we get to watch a new generation of characters and creators expand right before our eyes. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Mar 10, 2016

    This issue feels painfully short, but the two guest stories let Maps shine, and we see more reasons why she's the most winsome and entertaining character in Gotham Academy. Brenden Fletcher leads a dynamite team of writers and artists. Olive, Maps, Colton, and the whole cast show the importance of finding a safe space among friends who care. Every issue of Gotham Academy hits the right mix of heartwarming and fun, and this issue delivers generous amounts of both. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 11, 2016

    A solid set of stories framed by an ingenious premise, with varying art styles that all work well together... Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Mar 12, 2016

    Gotham Academy #16 was a completely Maps-focused issue, and one that fans have wanted since she was first introduced. She's obviously stolen the show and become the de facto star of the series, and for good reason: she's funny, smart, and simply lives for adventure. Any Maps-centric issue is bound to be a favorite, and the format for “Yearbook” lends itself to several of her adventures per issue. Who wouldn't be a fan of that? Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Brian Delpozo Mar 11, 2016

    GOTHAM ACADEMY #16 is a return to form for the series. It's still in the “Yearbook” format, but done much more effectively than the previous issue. It gets a definite recommendation from me, and goes a long way in reestablishing the series as one of the best in the industry. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Crusaders - Lead Sharp Mar 15, 2016

    This will get cancelled before its ideal audience, young folk, can find it which is a shame as it's pretty good. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Mar 9, 2016

    A couple of cute stories,and also: Damien Wayne! Do you think he likes Maps? I mean, does he “like” likeMaps? Because I think Maps “like” likes him! Oooooh Maps has a boyyyyfrieeend!Ken Niimura does the second story in this book, and it is going to melt yourcold, unfeeling heart. If it doesn't then you are probably clinically dead.Everyone did a good job for this issue, but Niimura really stole the show. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Levi Hunt Mar 10, 2016

    This short burst, anthology storytelling almost works better for the book overall than the multi-issue arcs. Hopefully this is something they'll keep in mind heading into the book's next semester. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Mar 14, 2016

    Fun little stories showcasing one of the most adorable balls of adorable to ever".adorab? Adore? Eh, whatever, point being, it was pretty good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 12, 2016

    Gotham Academy may not be doing big or important story work here but it's having a lot of fun. And fun is definitely important in books like these. The series has done its fair share of serious material and it knows to balance it with some lighter material. We may be getting more of it than we should in this arc, but the results are definitely fun and there's a whole lot to like with it as it unfolds. The two stories here definitely click well with their respective styles and intent and the bridging material with Robin is spot on fun in its own way. These may not be hugely memorable in the long run but they add some great color to a very good series. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Mar 10, 2016

    This isn't the greatest issue of Gotham Academy, but it's definitely the best issue of the Yearbook story arc so far. While the art still ranges from great to merely acceptable, characters portrayals are handled almost perfectly. After the last two issues, I was almost certain that this was going to be the worst thing I read today. I'm elated to be able to give this book a good score again. Maybe this is a sign that things are getting back on track. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Michael Devaney Mar 13, 2016

    Now that the yearbook series is over, I'm interested to see where theGotham Academy team takes us next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 14, 2016

    "Gotham Academy" #16 -- and all of the "Yearbook" storyline so far -- could have felt like a lot of filler. While I'm eager for the main storylines to pick back up this fall, this is a nice, inviting way to pass the time until then. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Tyler Saldaa Mar 10, 2016

    With two more issues in the Yearbook arc as well as technically in this series (will return in the fall as Gotham Academy: The Next Semester), Im optimistic for the final two issues. Again, theres still not much of an arc per se but rather a compilation of short stories with the gang written and drawn by lesser known artists. Those at the helm of this book clearly have an appreciation for The Batman Universe and characters deep within the history which is why I always enjoy reading Gotham Academy. Read Full Review

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