September means back to school for many and, unintentionally, this month’s graphic novels review features a lot of stories set in schools! I hadn’t even realized the tying theme until I started writing the reviews. So while you’re taking a break from homework, check out some of these fun reads – something for all ages!
Collecting issues #1-6, Gotham Academy: Volume 1 introduces us to the students of this prestigious school. Olive, back at school with amnesia after a mysterious incident, is tasked with showing the new girl Maps around. The only catch is that Maps is the little sister of her ex boyfriend, and there’s something strange going on in the school.
The setting of the Academy feels a lot like Hogwarts, with the ghosts and bizarre occurrences all around. Good for young adult readers and up, this was a fun and entertaining start to the series. The artwork is fantastic and reminded me a bit of manga at times. I’m curious to see where the story goes and whether or not there will be some cameos by many characters in the Gotham world.
The iconic characters from Riverdale are back with a whole new modernized look! Currently with two issues already out, the story starts with Archie moping after his recent breakup with Betty while his best friend Jughead is hounded by other classmates on the latest Riverdale High gossip.
I absolutely loved this. I was a fervent reader of the Archie comics when I was younger and am thrilled that they’re taking a stab at updating the look and story of Archie in this series. It’s so strange to see how attractive they’ve made Jughead, among many other characters! The tough part about picking up the series by issue, rather than trades, is that I fly through them so quickly and have to wait for the next issues to come out. These ones are definitely quick reads and with the second issue’s introduction of the other woman in Archie’s life, the drama is sure to start!
Eni and Hopper attend Stately Academy, a school that’s filled with puzzles and mysteries to be solved. With the use of some basic coding and pattern recognition, the friends discover clues that lead to bigger mysteries hidden within their school.
This was a really cute middle grade graphic novel! I’m a fan of Gene Luen Yang’s previous work so was curious to check this out. While I certainly can enjoy some books for all ages, I personally found the storytelling a bit juvenile. Younger readers will definitely enjoy this, working with the characters to solve the puzzles within its pages. I liked that it involved simple coding, to potentially introduce the young readers to this computer language.