Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Gotham Academy Second Semester #10 Review and **SPOILERS**


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Story: Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan & Karl Kerschl 
Script: Brenden Fletcher 
Pencils: Adam Archer 
Inks: Sandra Hope 
Background Painter & Colors: MSASSYK 
Breakdowns: Bob Haynes 
Letters: Steve Wands 
Cover: Karl Kerschl 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: June 14, 2017


I love to count! Ah! Ah! One! Two! Three! Three issues left for Gotham Academy Second Semester, including this one! So this begins the last opportunity to go out with a bang, I’d expect. I mean, the last issue is the real last opportunity, but by all rights we should be setting up that blockbuster ending with this issue. So let’s see how #10 does, huh? Read my review, right here!

Explain It!

Now that the gang has set their minds to helping Olive Silverlock, now possessed by Amity Arkham and seeking revenge on Gotham City’s founding fathers, they head right out to do it! …By searching for the Terrible Trio so they can get the Book of Gotham back or whatever. Okay, Gotham Academy Second Semester, now you’re just trying to be boring. Olive is traipsing around Gotham with Two Face, setting fire to shit, and her friends are still playing Campus Scavenger Hunt with Maps. You had your chance to highlight Maps earlier, Gotham Academy Second Semester! Don’t start shoehorning cute stories into this thing now that the stakes are sky-high! Anyway, they do find the Terrible Trio, who turn out to be students at Gotham Academy, led by that girl Amanda that I completely forgot about. As part of an initiation, they try to kill Maps, but she uses her Batman skills to rappel off of a gargoyle (can a skill be any more Batman than this?) and the Terrible Trio are thwarted by Pomeline and Colton. So that’s the B Plot of this issue, and it was dull.
The A Plot, however…well, it’s also kind of dull. At the direction of Two Face, Olive menaces Cobblepot with some flames. Then, it’s like the balance of power keeps shifting back and forth until eventually Kyle shows up and cold cocks Two Face in…well, one of his faces. Two Face gets up and puts Kyle in a chokehold, so Kyle judo flips him! All the while, he tells Olive he loves are and that she should suppress her inner Amity, but Cobblepot continues to hector her. In the confusion, Olive burns the crap out of Kyle! Two Face and the Penguin break out into a gun fight, so Olive and Kyle scram back to the Academy. There, it seems Kyle has been badly burned and is in poor shape—and this really seems to burn Maps’ butt! Poor choice of words there.
So instead of this book ramping to some rollicking conclusion that will have the kids from Gotham Academy skydiving from blimps or whatever, it just sort of plods along as it always has, stringing together scenes of little consequence into what is sure to be a shrug-worthy conclusion. You couldn’t pay me to give a crap about whatever heritage nonsense the Terrible Trio was involved in, and there never seemed to be any danger at the Iceberg Lounge despite the fact that two main characters from Batman’s Rogues Gallery were in attendance. Gotham Academy Second Semester, we hardly knew ye. But in truth, we hardly cared to once you had that stupid Witch Club arc.

Bits and Pieces:

Another day, another issue of Gotham Academy Second Semester that brings us virtually no closer to a satisfying conclusion to this school year. I mean, I suppose we'll be satisfied because it's finished, but that's like an actual school year. And I definitely failed this time.


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