I'll admit that I've been a little worried about Gotham Academy. I mean, yes, we all knew that the fantastic series of Gotham City's most prestigious private school (which of course has an extensive and extremely dangerous set of catacombs and underground tunnels that seem to lead directly to Arkham Asylum, because it's Gotham City and that's how they roll) was due for a comeback in DC's Rebirth era, but that news was such a relief that it almost seemed too good to be true.
Now, though, we're only a week away from the story's return in the pages of Gotham Academy: Second Semester in next week's all-new #1. That means we can all rejoice --- at least for a second. For you see, in among all the horrors and crimes of Gotham City is the most dire problem of all: Olive Silverlock might be falling in... with the wrong crowd!
Superhero comic books are a great way to get kids of all ages reading, while teaching solid moral lessons and giving them something to aspire to. However, it can be difficult parsing which titles are suitable for kids and teens, and which titles most assuredly are not, so ComicsAlliance has put together a list of some of the best choices.
Today we're looking at DC Comics, which has been making increasing attempts to be more inclusive and provide a wider range of comics for all audiences over the past couple of years. Whether it's comics for fans of TV shows, new spins on classic franchises, or a Young Adult take on political satire, there's something for everyone these days at DC.
San Diego Comic Con is without a doubt the biggest event on the industry’s calendar, and people will be flying from around the world to attend panels, watch trailers, meet creators, and make friends. This year’s event is bigger than ever, with so much going on every single day that it can be difficult to sift through all that information and decide how to spend your time.
Yesterday we gave a rundown on what to expect on Thursday and Friday, but things heat up as the weekend kicks in and the major studios make their presence known. Expect big reveals from Marvel Studios, DC's TV offerings and more, plus great panels featuring your favorite creators in comics.
Q: What villains do you want to see working at Gotham Academy and what are their positions? - @comicsfan4life
A: There are a lot of things to love about Gotham Academy, but as someone who spends more time thinking about D-List Batman villains than he does thinking about... well, pretty much anything else in the world, my favorite thing about it is how many obscure, forgotten and otherwise ignored Batman characters have managed to make it into that book as part of the staff. A school setting does, after all, require teachers, and when you have 70 years of goofball villains and oddball supporting characters to draw from, you might as well have a bunch of weirdos who may or may not be planning thematic bank robberies teaching your classes.
The upcoming crossover between DC's Gotham Academy and Boom Box's Lumberjanes is on track to be the most highly anticipated team-up of the year --- and considering that we've already seen the cast of GI Joe in a karate tournament against the world warriors of Street Fighter and a Batman/TMNT story where Mr. Freeze was turned into an actual polar bear, that's saying something.
Point being, anticipation is running pretty high. So high, in fact, that the first issue of Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy has racked up an impressive roster of nine covers, including retailer-exclusive variants from artists like Veronica Fish, LJ co-creator Brooke Allen, and more. Check them out below (along with the five regular covers)!
The stakes are high in August's Action Comics #692, as Superman faces a fateful decision to put a stop Doomsday (and we all know how that's worked out for him in the past). The second of the month's Action Comics issues from Dan Jurgens, Stephen Segovia, and Art Thibert brings the "Path to Doom" storyline to its conclusion that could spell the end of the world for someone.
Of course, stakes don't always have to be Doomsday-sized to feel like the end of the world, and a schism in Gotham Academy's Detective Club probably feels just as apocalyptic to Maps in August's Gotham Academy Annual #1, from writers Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher, and artists Adam Archer, Michael Dialynas, and Christian Wildgoose
This week's most exciting news was undoubtedly the announcement of the Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy crossover, coming in June from Chynna Clugston-Flores and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell. The thing is, though, aside from the creative team, any details of the actual plot of the series have been a kept as hidden as the mysteries of a haunted forest and/or suspiciously supervillainous private school. I mean, sure, we can pretty much expect that we're going to see mysteries and friendship, but beyond that? Who knows.
But to tide us over in the meantime, Boom Studios has sent over an exclusive look at the incentive cover for the first issue of the crossover by Gotham Academy artist Karl Kerschl --- and in the process, they have provided us with one major clue. There will be a tree involved.
Every now and then, a crossover idea comes along that's such a no-brainer, such a natural, easy fit, that you start to wonder why you're surprised that it's actually happening. For my money, that's one of the best kinds of surprises, and that's exactly what we're getting today, as Boom Studios has announced an upcoming crossover between Lumberjanes and DC's Gotham Academy.
This week DC kicks off the crossover event story "Robin War" in a comic book entitled, appropriately enough, Robin War #1. The storyline will wind through this month's issues of Grayson, Detective Comics, We Are Robin and Robin: Son of Batman, while this month's issues of Gotham Academy, Red Hood/Arsenal and Teen Titans will all tie-in to the events of the storyline. It all wraps up in next month's Robin War #2.
To help you tell your Red Robin from your Red Hood, and your Robin, singular, from your The Robins, plural, we've assembled a handy guide to the major players in "Robin War"...
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