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DC introduces students of ‘Gotham Academy’ in new promos


DC Comics has released three new promos introducing the students of Gotham Academy, debuting in October from writers Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher, artist Karl Kerschl and colorist Romain Gaschet.

Announced in June, the teen drama is set in the city’s most prestigious school, where students attend classes (and get into mischief) in “the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham.”

Drawn by Cloonan, the promo images feature Olive Silverlock, whom she says is “attending Gotham Academy on a prestigious Wayne Scholarship”; Kyle Mizoguchi, “dreamy star of the Gotham Academy tennis team”; and Mia “Maps” Mizoguchi, an “aspiring cartographer” who “has trouble controlling the volume of her voice.”

Arriving Oct. 1, Gotham Academy will be joined in the Batman line by fellow newcomers Arkham Manor and Gotham By Midnight.

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These are awesome. Can’t wait for this book.

An aspiring cartographer? Hasn’t everything already sort of been discovered though, by like, Magellan and Cortés? NASA, you know? Those people.

People map things that are already discovered all the time.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of cartographers and photogrammetrists is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.”

@Richard…maybe she has a secret goal of mapping out Gotham in it’s entirety. That would be a daunting challenge that could get the attention of a few criminals.

“Maps”? Please tell me that isn’t her real name. I adore the artwork and the story could be very interesting.

These are freaking incredible. Love it. Stoked for this book.

@Ashen-phoenix — Her name is Mia Mizoguchi. “Maps” is her nickname… is all right there in the article

I’m going to pick up all three of Gotham Academy, Arkham Manor, and Gotham by Midnight. All three show DC doing something different, all three have awesome art, and all three have creators passionate about the books.

Cloonan on anything is worth a look, Fawkes writing a supernatural book with Templesmith art is perfect, and I was pretty sold by Duggan’s issue of Batman, which was basically an Arkham Manor intro.

What next? “Metropolis Academy” featuring a group of students who deal with situations involving Superman and related characters?

In any case, this DOES sound intriguing if nothing else.

These kids look way too pretty. Looks like tweener girl/ anime fan/ YA fodder. If you like that sort of thing, there you go.

Bang on Gray64. In addition to that, I predict a love triangle in the making.


Companies like Garmin are trying to improve maps more and more as technology advances and the desire for higher accuracy increases, so someone has to chart those better maps.

@pikapika: Kyle and Maps are brother and sister…y’know, if the last names being the same didn’t clue you in and all.

“These kids look way too pretty. Looks like tweener girl/ anime fan/ YA fodder. If you like that sort of thing, there you go.”

“Too pretty” is a criticism on a superhero comic book? Huh. What an odd way to be dismissive of a frequently dismissed demo.

@Shimbo: Oh God, how awkward. Let me see if I can explain this properly. You see, there’s this… thing… where sometimes girls like girls and sometimes boys like boys and at other times someone might like both boys and girls.

Have they appeared in other books? I hope they introduce these characters in other books before they just start a comic about them. And please no more per-pubescent boys crap. No more ben 10 phenomena.

@George: You really don’t have to explain that to me. Regardless, pikapika seemed to be judging this book as some tweenybopper type of book where the trope of a love triangle is all too often abused. I doubt that will be the case, regardless of whether Olive or Maps are gay or bisexual.

@chunksie, you’re oviously not the target. It’s only natural for a character to be introduced in it’s own book/series in any no-Marvel/DC book. All this crossover characters only alientate the non cape readers, this title seems like a great alternative to tempt them and also YA pblic into DC.

@Paladin King: I’m right there with you.

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