Gotham Academy #3

Writer: Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan Artist: Karl Kerschl Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 3, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 17
8.3Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

If you thought getting detention was a pain, just wait till you see detention Gotham Academy-style!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Dec 4, 2014

    I love this a lot, it's got a lot of diversity, a cool feel to the mystery thing and I'd love to learn more about Olive's family and if she actually has supernatural abilities or not (it was sort of unclear). It has cooled on me a little but I really feel this a great series worth investing in! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 4, 2014

    I don't know how many ways I can say it, I love this book.  Please do yourself and anyone you know a favor and read it.  It's a charming all-ages mystery with great characters and awesome art.  In other words, I love it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Dec 5, 2014

    For anyone whos not a fan of romance or teenage drama, there are actually quite a lot of surprising gothic elements in the book with a lot of supernatural horror and Batman lore woven in. The later part worried me as Im really not a Batman fan, but it works well in the context in the book and doesnt step on the toes of the series creative style. It all just works together really well mixing the two genres to make a really unique experience that Im a huge fan of. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Dec 4, 2014

    Mysteries still remain from last issue. What's the deal with that guy who was drawing Maps? Who is the mysterious blond boy with the Gambit-like red eyes? We do learn Maps' given first name, Mia. Cloonan and Fletcher continue to pack our new favorite prep school with secrets and clues, and this installment has some of the most visually stunning moments yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Dec 8, 2014

    After the way this issue ends, I really can't wait to find out what's gonna happen next! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Jeremy Eloi Dec 4, 2014

    In conclusion, this is another strong issue of Gotham Academy. Between the characters, the world, and the mystery it feels like a place that could really exist. If there was any fault in this issue, it would be that, at times, the dialogue could have been a little smoother, but overall it is hard to notice. All in all, this is a book that everybody should be reading and one that hopefully lasts a very long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Kelly Richards Dec 3, 2014

    Essentially this book gives the reader the best of Batman Meets Scooby Doo via Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Headed up by a diverse and predominantly female cast but completely void of every trope associated with them; Gotham Academy is everything teenage Kelly needed from comics and everything present Kelly wants. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Dec 4, 2014

    "Gotham Academy" is the perfect Batman comic book that doesn't star the titular hero. Like any great Bat comic, intriguing mysteries invade every nook and cranny of this issue. Detective work is required and supplied in abundance. And, most importantly, psychological depth brings characters to life. The talent behind "Gotham Academy" are invested in the success of this book and are building a world that feels like it is slowly being born right before our eyes. We care about these teenagers and hope for their survival (as well as the book's survival!). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Dec 7, 2014

    As usual, Karl Kerschl's art is flawless, never showing less than the perfect amount of emotion in everyone's faces. He even makes a single panel of nothing more than Olive's hand next to Kyle's a moving homage to young love. Gotham Academy continues to get stronger and stronger with each issue, and with this still only being its third installment, who knows the heights this book will reach. I'm legitimately excited for next month's issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Dec 3, 2014

    In the end the issue is still a standout, only that it does not reach the same balance as the previous issues. For a character that has been thrown into the lead in a new series, Olive has been a great mix of interesting character development combined with a plot worthy of such a deep and compelling character. The problem here is not so much an absence of either the character development or the novelty of the plot, rather as opposed to the previous two issues, the two elements seemed to be more separated. This series is still one of the stand-outs for DC Comics, and it is only be comparison to the excellent first two issues that this one comes up a bit short, as it still fits in with the overall high quality of writing and artwork so far in this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Dec 5, 2014

    Each month, this book grows in heart and charm. Each of the kids featured are very real, believable, and pretty engaging. With a burst of adventure, Gotham Academy gains something it definitely needed " a solid direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Dec 3, 2014

    Gotham Academy #3 is another fun and well done issue of the series. Now that story seems to be underway, things have picked up quite a bit and I'm more curious than ever about what will be happening. Hopefully, the remaining issue for this arc will continue heating things up in the right ways. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 4, 2014

    Gotham Academy is still very much revealing itself and we get a few more tastes here, which may be memories surfacing for Olive or her mind playing tricks on her. The uncertainty works well and you have to connect with her just in the way she's so unsure herself of what's really happened, but is also fearful of really finding out. This issue works well in establishing the characters more and building up an interesting group of people that could end up working together in the way high school kids do. But it's also a book that I just find endlessly fascinating to look at because it feels like animation – theatrical animation at times – playing out as stills across my tablet. It's beautiful artwork, from the design and line work to the coloring itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 7, 2014

    But for this geezer, I need a little help to keep me rolling back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 3, 2014

    Were getting some answers and mini-bits of closure with the characters as the story moves forward. This series continues to stand out from other books. We're still getting to know these normal characters and the more you see, the more concerned you become for their safety. There's still a lot we don't know and with this being the third issue, that could be a problem for some. Some answers are starting to come out and you'll find yourself hanging on to see what happens next. The art and color are really bringing the characters and story to life. This series is offering something different in the DC Universe and that's a good thing. Don't miss out on this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 3, 2014

    "Gotham Academy" #3 is now three for three in terms of strong issues; this series is so fun and inventive that it's hard to not love it. If you haven't picked up "Gotham Academy" yet, this is as good a place as any to begin. Just understand that you'll be buying issues #1-2 almost immediately after. Cloonan, Fletcher and Kerschl understand how to make good -- no, great comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 6, 2014

    Gotham Academy is doing an adorable job setting itself up as a must-read comic. There are a few wrinkles here and there, and a cast that's getting a little too big too quickly, but overall, this comic is still a delight. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Jeff Lake Dec 4, 2014

    Though only three issues in, Gotham Academy has already solidified itself as one of the more uniquely investing books on the rack. Its mix of Scooby Doo hijinks and teen-soap drama continues to prove engaging, writers Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher combining for a number of great character moments. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 4, 2014

    When this creative team finds their footing, they'll be taking an already very good book to the next level. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Ariel DuPey Nov 9, 2016

    Ummmmm".I kind of feel like I just watched an episode of something on pbs. I'm not sure if this is directed towards kids and that's why it was so hard to get into. The art was playful and related to the juvenile story just fine. The characters were okay and likable but there were so many of them that I lost track of who was who and who was doing what. Again I'm pretty convinced this was meant for younger kids and if it's not it should be. A clean, wholesome story with colorful pages and easy to follow story line would be great for the youngins. Read Full Review

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