Writer – Rick Remender
Artist – Daniel Acuna
Magneto, Rogue, Havok and the Scarlet Witch are still in the camp of the Red Skull where he is trying to humiliate Magneto. Soon though, Magneto and the Uncanny Avengers get the upper hand and when they think all is won, they realize that things are only beginning. Daniel Acuna returns to artistic duties with this issue, which is a great way to send the book off into the AXIS event. The Red Skull is a truly frightening villain under Remender’s purview, more so than even the first arc of the title where he gained the psychic powers of Professor Xavier. The Red Skull is obsessed with living in the past and the only way he can move forward to attain his dream of evil is to bring it back. Magneto really gets to shine in this issue as well, almost looking like the Magneto of old instead of the broken man he has been recently. Rick Remender also happens to look at the relationship between the Scarlet Witch and her father and the resentment that lingers there from the many years of indifference and abandonment. The S-Men are interesting, both in power sets and motivations, though they are not featured as prominently in this issue though Ahab does factor into the story. After lingering in comic limbo for so long, it was great to see Remender bring Ahab back in earlier issues and also great to see him using the character going forward. As a lead-in to the next big event, the book sets it up perfectly and one can only imagine where Remender is going to take it from here.
4.5 out of 5
Writer – Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher
Artist – Karl Kerschl
Colours – Geyser, Dave McCaig
Something has happened to Olive Silverlock. She has become somewhat anti-social, has pulled away from her boyfriend and is finding the whole school thing a little intolerable. When her boyfriend’s little sister Maps comes to Gotham Academy, Olive finds herself coming out of her shell, a little bit, and going on an adventure that makes her the talk of the school. Coming out of nowhere, Gotham Academy is a fantastic all-ages book by Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher on script and Karl Kerschl doing some amazing artwork with an animated look about it. With eye-popping colours by Geyser and Dave McCaig, the book looks like it has literally jumped from the screen and into your hands, though it can also be said that this book is primed to be an animated series, it looks and feels so perfect. The characters, mainly Olive and Maps, are a lot of fun and the book rings true with great characterization and sharp writing. Of course, being a story that takes place in Gotham, Batman, or at least Bruce Wayne, must make a cameo. Fletcher and Cloonan set up a nice little mystery with Olive’s past and leave the book on a wee, little cliff-hanger to keep us coming back for more, though the book is of such a high quality, even without the ending, you are guaranteed to come back for more.
5 out of 5