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If you want to boil it right down to essentials, I loved everything about this comic. It had all the things that appeal to my Scooby Doo sensibilities—family secrets, a dark castle, secret passages and a ghost story. And the graphics are simply beautiful. What’s not to love?
Olive Silverlock has returned to Gotham Academy after a…difficult…summer. She can’t actually remember what happened, but she has a newfound fear of bats…and a distinct distaste for a certain caped crusader—so whatever happened wasn’t good. Things are different and even though Olive hasn’t broken up with her boyfriend Kyle yet, she means to. Of course as soon as school starts she is informed that she is being assigned as a mentor to Kyle’s little sister Maps, which makes things slightly awkward. All around them the school is abuzz with the damage to the North Hall, and the ghost of Millie Jane Cobblepot haunting the dormitory halls. And Olive (with a little help from her friends) can’t help but poke into it all—since it seems like it any or all of it might be connected to what happened to her over the summer. And to what became of her mom.
Maps is by far my favorite character. The irrepressible little sister is nicknamed “Maps” due to her penchant for cartography…which certainly comes in handy while the girls are exploring the mysterious grounds of Gotham Academy after hours. She’s intense, inquisitive, naïve and utterly adorable. The other characters were also very appealing—Olive, the confused girl with a troubled family. Kyle, the sweet and understanding (ex?) boyfriend. Colton, the kid who can get you things—even into locked buildings. And Pomeline, Olive’s arch-enemy and lead harrasser, who is maybe not so bad after all.
I think this comic will definitely appeal to the YA crowd, but I think it has a lot to offer older readers as well. The storyline really kept things moving, and the various mysteries were all very intriguing. I personally can’t wait to find out more about what happened to Olive Silverlock—why she hates Batman, and why her mother landed in prison…and what happened to her there. I also can’t say enough about how much I loved the artwork—the coloring was absolutely beautiful, creating fantastic atmosphere throughout, and the characters really popped. This is definitely a series to get into.