Review: Gotham Academy #8
Since her introduction to the pages of Gotham Academy, Olive Silverlock has been an engaging yet mysterious main character. While her supporting cast has been fun and quirky, it is her around whom the series focuses. Despite that, there has been a definite lack of Olive recently after her introduction. Since the break for Convergence there was an Endgame tie-in, although this was mostly a ghost-story issue more in line with the horror titles of the 1970s than what we expect from the series. The return of the series last month was without the series main character, and so it has been the case that this is the first appearance of the character after four months.
With that kind of a break, it would seem that there is some necessity to do something bigger with the character, and it is here. Despite her return though, this issue mostly focuses on a different problem. Despite already having Damian Wayne on the school grounds (though he is absent here) this issue reveals that Tristan is more that what he seems, as he is afflicted with some kind of lycanthropy, specifically the kind that seems to turn Dr. Kirk Langstrom into a bat as well. It is an interesting sub-plot to the story, especially so that Langstrom shows up here as the new science teacher who is keen to help the student. While they deal with this, there is a darker path underway for Olive which is revealed at the end of the issue.
While the tone of the series has changed a little bit with this issue, as well as the focus, it still maintains its same high standards that it has proven so far. The sub-plot with Tristan is distracting in a way, but then the idea here was not to bring back the series’ protagonist with a flash but rather with a slow burn. It is an effective way to pave the way for what will be Olive’s future, but as a good story should do, it is taking its time and not rushing in, and this issue is better for it.
Story: Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher Art: Karl Kerschl
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy