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Review: Gotham Academy #4

Previously in Gotham Academy, #3

Gotham Academy 4 Cover

In The Secret of the Symbol, Olive and Maps track down several leads in the case of who (or what) is haunting The North Hall. 

Olive and Pomeline are appropriately freaked out by their encounter with the hand from below. And though he won’t come out and say it, Headmaster Hammer totally suspects Olive has been snooping around The North Hall and warns her to stay away.

The Secret of the Symbol

But there’s no way Olive is really going to do that, not when she’s seeing the mysterious symbol from the hall all over school, including taped inside Jane’s diary. She’s so caught up in the symbol, she takes a scary fall down the stairs. Scary and funny. Look at that panel below.

It’s hilarious because it’s so damn frightening. Thankfully, Olive is caught by the blonde boy who’s been lurking about. And, of course, Kyle witnesses this and mistakes it for something romantic.

Olive Falls

Olive plays Good Cop to Maps’ Completely Insane Cop in order to get info on the mysterious symbols popping up around school.

Thankfully, there’s lots of Maps in this issue as she enthusiastically “interrogates” Eric, the shy boy who sketched the symbol in a notebook, and obsesses over prop swords in the school’s theater department. But the best is when Olive plays Good Cop to Maps’ Totally Insane Cop and they question Eric again, learning that he has also seen the symbol in the girls’ dormitory.

Back at their dorms, Olive busts Heathcliff as the person behind the ghost roaming the halls. Since Pomeline summoned the ghost and it didn’t work, he decided to make her think it did because he loves her. That’s some flawed logic, Cliff. Olive agrees to keep his secret from Pomeline, and he tells her the name of the blonde mystery boy: Tristan Grey. We’re not even going to acknowledge what his name sounds like.

Fake Ghost

When Olive comes across the symbol on yet another wall in the halls, she discovers a secret passageway that allows her to spy into rooms, including Pomeline’s and her own. It’s here she learns her roommate wants to move because Olive is kinda weird. Olive also finds signs someone has been living in the walls behind her room and they have a picture of her with her mom. Then she meets the person. And peeps his Arkham inmate number.


Score | 9/10Thoughts & Questions:
  • While I’m still invested in the major mysteries – what happened to Violet and her mom over the summer, what do the symbols mean, what grabbed Olive and Pomeline, and who is that blonde dude – there’s a small one brewing and it has me more intrigued than anything else. What in the world is up with Bruce Wayne and his interest in Olive? Also, what’s up with him and Ms. MacPherson?
  • Blonde boy’s a vampire, right? *fingers crossed*
  • Olive tries to tell Maps about breaking up with Kyle, but Maps cuts her off. I have a feeling Maps already knows.
  • Speaking of, Maps continues to be the best thing about this series so far.
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Nina Perez is the founder of Project Fandom. She is also the author of a YA series of books, "The Twin Prophecies," and a collection of essays titled, "Blog It Out, B*tch." Her latest books, a contemporary romance 6-book series titled Sharing Space, are now available on for Kindle download. She has a degree in journalism, works in social media, lives in Portland, Oregon, and loves Idris Elba. When not watching massive amounts of British television or writing, she is sketching plans to build her very own TARDIS. She watches more television than anyone you know and she's totally fine with that.

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