Writer – Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher
Artist – Karl Kerschl
Colours – Serge LaPointe, Michele Assarasakorn
Gotham Academy has been primarily about Olive and the mystery that surrounds her but the supporting cast plays an integral role in that and this issue focuses more on Kyle than anyone else as he thinks about what he used to have with Olive, before they broke up. He might seem happy on the outside sometimes, but everything keeps coming back every time he sees Olive and there is one particular incident that he cannot get out of his mind and which he intends to do something about. Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher and the returning Karl Kerschl deliver another great issue in the ongoing saga that is Gotham Academy. It is great to finally see Kyle get a little of the Spotlight and to see things through his eyes, or at least a few things that is. The most important scene in the book and the one that drives Kyle to do the things he does this issue is during the funeral for Olive’s mom where instead of going over to comfort her, he stands back and another boy does so instead. But things are not always as they seem and this new boy Tristan, whom Kyle decides to follow around in school to see what he is all about, has a large secret of his own and shares something in common with Olive which is why they have bonded. This secret of Tristan’s should make things pretty interesting going forward and Maps could not be any happier for it is as if all of her dreams have come true in one fell swoop. Of course, Olive is still in the book as she is the star and words are exchanged between her and Kyle, but a reconciliation or even the hope of being boyfriend and girlfriend again is shot down, at least for the moment. Kerschl’s artwork is as fantastic as always, the story has the right amount of drama, intrigue and tension and overall, the book is as good as ever.
4.5 out of 5
Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Tyler Crook, Owen Gieni
Emmy and Bernice find themselves stuck in the graveyard, encircled by the burning skeletons of those long dead. It is frightening to say the least but at least they are able to make it through only then, to be confronted by something much scarier. So far, Harrow County has been a wonderful exercise in subtle horror, aside from the skinless boy and the burning skeletons that is. It is incredibly moody and evocative of classic horror films from years gone by and most of that can be attributed to Tyler Crook and his beautiful pencils. Obviously Cullen Bunn’s contributions to the book cannot go without being spoken of as he writes the story, but without Crook to bring it to life, it would definitely not be in the same state of which it finds itself now. From the very beginning when Emmy got the feeling she should leave home after overhearing what her father and the townspeople had planned for her, the book has taken on a much more sinister tone and this issue, when her father finally catches up to her it is like fate has finally caught up, but not in the way that she expected. For the reader, this particular moment was inevitable and seen coming from a mile away, but it plays out wonderfully and Bunn makes it a little surprising so as not to make it utterly predictable. What happens next is up in the air as it is left on a pretty captivating cliff-hanger, but it should be fun finding out. Well worth your time whether you are a fan of horror or not.
4 out of 5