This Week in Comics: We say farewell to Gotham Academy…

Gotham academy takes it’s final bow, and several team members here at Batman-News are quite sad to see this little book go the way of the dodo.   In honor of its departure, we prepared a retrospective to give this series a proper send-off:

Art by Karl Kerschl

Gotham Academy is “a story about kids living in Gotham under the shadow of the bat.”  It’s a small, focused look on a side of Gotham that hasn’t ever been explored before, and it makes the world feel that much bigger.

Over these three years, Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl have steered the ship of Gotham Academy.  It’s their evident love of the source material and willingness to dig deep for their references that made this series such a treat for Batman fans.

Their writing managed to depict teenagers in a way that was believable without straying too far into cliche.  There was drama, of course, and everyone fit their role comfortably, but even the “unlikable” kids had their charms.  It was a cast where everyone served a purpose, no matter how small, which made the Academy feel alive.

-Jay (read the full retrospective)

Harley Quinn #25

Art by Amanda Conner and Alex Sinclair

Don’t just pick this up because it will be a collectors’ issue one day; pick it up because it’s a joy to read!

-Elena(read the full review)

Red Hood and the Outlaws #13

Art by Mike McKone and Romulo Fajardo, Jr.

DC’s most surprising Rebirth victory continues to delight, with an issue chock full of charm. Expect to laugh, expect to be touched, and above all, expect to enjoy yourself. Red Hood and the Outlaws #13 is one of the book’s strongest chapters yet.

-Brian(read the full review)

Detective Comics #962

Art by Yasmine Putri

Tynion manages to craft a story that doesn’t adhere to preconceived notions.  Instead, he throws convention to the wind, delivering some truly unexpected moments that will have you wondering what will happen till the very last page.  Meanwhile, Martinez provides visuals that propel you into the very heart of this world.  You’re right there alongside the characters for every laden punch and every gut-wrenching discovery.

-Brandon(read the full review)

Justice League of America #12

Art by Ivan Reis and Marcelo Maiolo

With six issues at his disposal for this story, Orlando is able to flex his craft by fleshing out characters and setting up, what appears will be, one hell of a story! If you’ve given up on the book, give it another shot!

-Josh(read the full review)

Justice League / Powers Rangers #5

Art by Karl Kerschl

Both the Justice League and the Power Rangers feel moderately sidelined in this penultimate issue of what’s been a fun (albeit slightly fluffy) crossover adventure.

-Elena(read the full review)

Gotham Academy: Second Semester #12

Art by Adam Archer, MSASSYK, and Sandra Hope

The ultimate finale to Gotham Academy is uncharacteristically chipper.  And while ultimately serviceable, I think it takes the safe route.  Add to that the fact that multiple storylines are left completely unresolved in exchange to solely concentrate on the Silverlock conclusion, and I ended up feeling very unfulfilled.

-Brandon(read the full review)

Titans #14

Art by Brett Booth, Andrew Dalhouse, and Norm Rapmund

This chapter of Titans continues a disappointing trend downward, and that’s a shame considering Abnett has set each character up with an incredible personal arc. Unfortunately, over the past three months, he’s slowly shifted the book from one full of complex relationships to one that feels like a battle between the characters to determine which of our heroes has the worst, most dramatic life at the moment. If I wanted that, I’d watch reality television.

-Josh(read the full review)

Suicide Squad #23

Art by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas

There’s really nothing worth sinking your teeth into, and I doubt anything major will unfold from these events.

-Josh(read the full review)

Batgirl & the Birds of Prey #13

Art by Nathan Fairbairn and Yanick Paquette

 I mean this with the utmost respect, but someone at DC must want Batgirl & the Birds of Prey to fail.

-Josh(read the full review)