Review: Gotham Academy – Second Semester, Vol. 2: The Ballad of Olive Silverlock

Gotham Academy — Second Semester, Vol. 2: The Ballad of Olive SilverlockGotham Academy — Second Semester, Vol. 2: The Ballad of Olive Silverlock by Brenden Fletcher
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

The second semester at Gotham Academy is wrapping up, but more than just the school year may be coming to an end. Olive Silverlock is possessed by the spirit of her ancestor, Amity Arkham, a ghoulish entity who wants to burn Gotham City to the ground.

As Amity leads Olive on a mission of fire and vengeance, the rest of Detective Club scrambles to find a way to free their friend. When their rescue attempt leads them to an ancient relic hidden inside Wayne Manor, will Damian Wayne be able to help the students without revealing his secret identity as Robin?

And when Amity’s control pits Olive against villains Two-Face and the Penguin, Olive’s friends’ good intentions might just get them killed…

Collects GOTHAM ACADEMY: SECOND SEMESTER issues #9-12 and #4

The closing of Olive’s possession arc would have been more impactful, had it not been for the sudden inclusion of new characters. Olive’s ancestor Amity is on a path of vengeance, and is coming for all the original families of Gotham – which includes Wayne, and some others. So while Calamity is out there setting fires, the Detective squad is trying to find a way to speak to the spirit and make her leave Olive. The plot was unnecessarily convoluted and I didn’t even find it satisfying to have all the threads wrapped up – no sequel to the original first volume has lived up to it, and the sudden out of character behaviour for some main characters meant it was a messy finish. Honestly, the only thing I could heartily recommend this series for is the artwork – the storyline is not nearly as good as I expected it to be.

Previous books in the Gotham Academy universe

Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy Gotham Academy, Vol. 2: Calamity Gotham Academy, Vol. 3: Yearbook Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy Vol. 1 Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Vol. 1: Welcome Back

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