At this point, I'm not sure how Gotham Academy could get better. I mean, it's already exactly what I have always wanted in my life but never knew I could get, a teen drama with mysteries and secret passages, where Batman occasionally shows up and obscure villains from the TV show are running the library. That's a level of perfection that I could've only dreamt of a year ago.

But if I had to make a suggestion for how it might be better, I'd probably suggest getting Babs Tarr, the ComicsAlliance-favorite artist of Batgirl, to do a cover, or maybe getting Adventure Time designer Joy Ang to take a crack at the characters, or maybe have everyone spend an issue talking about how terrifying the Joker is. These are all things that are happening. We are living in a magical time.

 

 

Tarr is lending her talents to Gotham Academy #6, while Ang is providing the cover for the all-star Gotham Academy: Endgame one-shot, tying in to the big Joker-centric event that's driving Gotham into a frenzy of smiling zombies. The solicitation makes it sound like it will be Gotham Academy's version of that one Final Night tie-in from Hitman, and that's a premise that I am wholeheartedly into. Here are the official solicitations:

 

GOTHAM ACADEMY #6
Written by BECKY CLOONAN and BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art and cover by KARL KERSCHL
1:25 Variant cover by BABS TARR
On sale MARCH 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Holy cow, it’s Taco Tuesday! Oh…and Olive battles Batman!

GOTHAM ACADEMY: ENDGAME #1
Written by BECKY CLOONAN and BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art by JEFF STOKELY, with stories and art by Joy Ang, Clio Chiang & Vera Brosgol
Cover by JOY ANG
One-shot • On sale MARCH 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Gotham City has been overrun by craziness, and the power is out at Gotham Academy! But don’t worry. The kids are safely locked up, huddled around candles and flashlights and telling the Gotham City version of ghost stories: Joker stories! Meanwhile, a mysterious figure connected to the Academy’s past is patrolling the grounds with a crossbow, but who is it?