Maps talks up stories in Gotham Academy #14
Similar to the Halloween issue, for Yearbook Part 1 we are gifted three different stories with intersectional scenes in between written by Brendan Fletcher with pencils and color by Adam Archer, inks by Sandra Hope, and lettering by Steve Wands. Maps is dissapointed that they wouldn’t allow her on Yearbook (she has too many clubs already) so Olive gives her a scrapbook to fill her stories.
The first story is a classic Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen watercolor romp of Colton and his friend Eric trying to steal a sheep from Professor Langstrom during Prank Week. You can guess there are bat wings involved.
The third is perhaps the most interesting, a flashback story written by Hope Larson and illustrated by Kris Mukai about the girl’s teacher Isla Macphearson in the 1980s and how she befriends (and falls for) Toni, a metahuman who can disappear into people’s blind spots, who day is a supervillain assassin ‘La Pisada’ and someone Isla still loves. Very notable and totally natural.
The diversity of artwork in the three stories is superb. It does show that DC is trying to enlist varied people for this title and for fun anthology pieces such as this. The stories are cute, but the third is perhaps the most intriguing. The art is very bright and colorful and Kris Mukai’s style is both extremely current but also reminds one of manga from the mid 80s to early 90. It’s very “indie” and
None! It’s cute. I’m excited to see who else they bring on board.
Cute “non-issue” issue with some interesting revelations regarding Macphearson. Check it out for that story alone!