That’s probably the best word to describe this second volume of Becky Cloonan’s Gotham Academy run. Volume one was fantastic, easily among the best of the new DC titles. This one is decent, but not quite the same.
Olive Silverlock, the main character in the series, is seeking answers about her mother, who is allegedly the deceased super-villain Calamity AND the prime suspect in a number of suspicious arson events around the school. Olive turns to her friends, the school’s resident paranormal investigators, and academy counselor Hugo Strange, which Batman fans will recognize as a huge mistake.
So with this set-up, it would seem like the reader would be in for one heck of a ride. And, to an extent, this is true. But there’s just too many side plots that merely serve as a distraction. And it isn’t that these side plots are bad. On the contrary, they are all quite interesting. But they never get the chance to be fleshed out. The result is a solid storyline being repeatedly hijacked by solid side plots which leave no room for any real development. The moment something interesting happens to Olive, we get whisked away to worry about a random werewolf or the short, uninspiring appearance of Damian Wayne.
With a little cleaning up, this title will continue to be a bright spot for DC. The creative team just needs to focus on one story at a time.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.