Mini Reviews: DC Comics Onslaught

It has been way too long since I reviewed some comics on here. I’ve read a string of DC titles over the past few months and I’d like to do some quick mini reviews. Let’s get to it!

GothamAcademy1Gotham Academy Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl

Published  on June 17, 2015

Pages: 160 Format: Paperback Source: Library

5/5 Stars

Welcome to Gotham Academy, the most prestigious school in Gotham City. Only the best and brightest students may enter its halls, study in its classrooms, explore its secret passages, summon its terrifying spirits…

Okay, so Gotham Academy isn’t like other schools. But Olive Silverlock isn’t like other students. After a mysterious incident over summer break, she’s back at school with a bad case of amnesia, an even worse attitude…and an unexplained fear of bats.

Olive’s supposed to show new student Maps Mizoguchi the ropes. Problem: Maps is the kid sister of Kyle, Olive’s ex. Then there’s the ghost haunting the campus…and the secret society conducting bizarre rituals.

Can Olive and Maps ace the biggest challenge of their lives? Or are they about to get schooled?

Collects Gotham Academy #1-6

OMG!!!!! Why did it take so long for me to read this? Gotham Academy is my new everything! I’ve fallen head over heels for Olive, Maps, and the rest of the crew. The dynamics between the characters are excellent and even the interweaving of professors is handled well. The boarding school setting is to die for and the mystery surrounding the school was so compelling. If I was to pick one DC comic for people to read, it would absolutely be this one.

GothamAcademy2Gotham Academy Vol. 2: Calamity by Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, Mingjue Helen Chen, and Msassyk

Published on March 16, 2016

Pages: 144 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

5/5 Stars

Olive has received information that her mother might be alive—and now, she and her friends must investigate! Of course werewolves, ghosts, and new student Damian Wayne won’t make it easy! Collects issues #7-12 and the sneak peek story from DC SNEAK PEEK: GOTHAM ACADEMY #1.

I was so impatient to read this second volume that I ended up buying my first DC comic ever! FYI: Not disappointed in the slightest. We meet back up with the Academy crew exploring more mysteries and supernatural situations. I loved the continuing arc in regards to Olive’s mom and delving deeper into that. The interweaving of the Bat Family brings me such joy as well. Please go read Gotham Academy so you can suffer alongside me while waiting for Vol. 3.

BatgirlVol2Batgirl Vol. 2: Family Business by Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher, and Babs Tarr

Published on February 17, 2016

Pages: 168 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

There’s a new Batman in town—and that’s bad news for Barbara Gordon! She’s already got enough upheaval in her life, with her roommate Frankie now in on her biggest secret. And what happens when Livewire joins the fight with the intention of taking out both Batgirl and the mysterious new Batman? It’s all here, from the pages of BATGIRL #41-45, ANNUAL #3.

Speaking of Bat Family: Batgirl is back! Barbara Gordon may be my fave DC character and this was the first DC series I started reading. My favorite part of this installment was how she is trying to maintain separate lives especially now that a friend knows her secret. Plus her worries about her father. I love the art in this one too. Babs Tarr does incredible work.

GraysonVol2Grayson Vol. 2: We All Die at Dawn by Tom King, Tim Seeley, Mikel Janin, and Steven Mooney

Published on January 26, 2016

Pages: 160 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4/5 Stars

Grayson and Helena Bertinelli, a.k.a. Huntress, join together and take on some of their toughest foes yet. Dick is on a mission to stop Paragon from using the body parts of a dead villain to create something far more sinister, he goes toe-to-toe with the Midnighter, and he and Helena battle foes from their past: the Fist of Cain.

Collects: Grayson 5-9, & Annual 2

My other Bat Family love is the one and only Dick Grayson. I have to be honest I’m not the biggest fan of this Spyral arc but I will follow this man anywhere. I still love the team up with him and Helena Bertinelli though. I want to see her in more series for sure. I also loved the crossover with Batgirl. I’m a sucker for those two together but crossovers in general too.

BlackCanary1Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming by Brendan Fletcher, Annie Wu, Pia Guerra, and Sandy Jarrell

Published on March 2, 2016

Pages: 168 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the last place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And she just might have to—for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why!

 BLACK CANARY VOL. 1. Collects issues #1-7 of the red-hot new series.

Okay the idea of Black Canary as the lead singer of a band is the most amazing thing ever!. I loved that all of her shows just ended up in violence. It fit so well with the life Dinah Lance had lead before. Doesn’t the past always come back to haunt us? Of course it does. This ragtag band fit together so well and I loved their dynamic. Plus, Heathcliff from Gotham Academy is their manager. Gosh I love it!

So those were my mini reviews for all the DC titles I’ve read recently. Are you big into comics and graphic novels? Do you have a favorite series or character? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

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