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Book Review - Graphic Novels in Gotham

I was never a big Batman fan. Thinking back I think my only real interest stemmed from the influence of a cousin and when our time spent together lessened so did my interest in The Dark Knight.  I kept a fascination with Harley Quinn and Mister J, but besides that, really didn't care.

With the new movies and my introduction to Lil' Gotham, I've had a renewed interest in the city of Gotham and it's inhabitants. I've a new appreciation for the city and what goes on there so these two new volumes really peaked my interest.

Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham AcademyGotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Welcome to the top prep school in the city.  Like everything in Gotham, it's not normal my any standards.  There are some weird teachers, talk of a ghost haunting a building and what looks like a mysterious cult on campus.  All Olive wants is a quite return to school after her bad summer break, but she doesn't get the quite time. She's thrust into the middle of the ghost hunt, along with her ex-boyfriends little sister, her new frenemy, the school's dealer of goods and some other interesting 'friends' she meets along the way.

I can't wait to keep reading to see what else is going on at this place.  Oh did I forget to mention that Bruce Wayne is a big benefactor and has his eye on Olive. Yea, I'm wondering about that too.

Batgirl, Vol. 1: BurnsideBatgirl, Vol. 1: Burnside by Cameron Stewart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don't know for sure if this Batgirl exists in the same universe as Gotham in Academy, but in my head they do. While all that weirdness is going on at the school Barbara is dealing with her own set of weird circumstances in Burnside. Burnside is a suburb of Gotham and a bit more light and trendy than the city proper.

While this is titled Vol. 1, from what I understand it's really just a new arc in the Batgirl story and this story feels that way. You're dropped into a story that has been going on and it's a bumpy start. Things smooth out and everything was really interesting. I can't way to see how Barbara does living in Gotham's version of Brooklyn.

I received an ebook copy for an honest review from Netgalley. 


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