GOTHAM ACADEMY #1-18 (Cloonan, Fletcher/Kerschl)

A partir d’octobre, le catalogue Batman comptera deux nouvelles séries: Gotham Academy et Arkham Manor. La première, scénarisée par Becky Cloonan (Demo) et Brenden Fletcher et illustrée par **Karl Kerschl **(The Abominable Charles Christopher), s’intéresse à l’école la plus prestigieuse (et la plus bizarre) de Gotham

« Bienvenue à l’Academie de Gotham ! Il y a son campus effrayant, ses professeurs excentriques, et les riches donateurs qui apparaissent au moment le moins opportun… comme ce cinglé de Bruce Wayne. Mais rien n’est plus bizarre que ses étudiants!
Genre, quel est le problème avec Olive Silverlock ? Elle est fêlée ou pas ? Elle était où l’été dernier ? Qu’est-ce qui se passe avec son horrible mère ? Et c’est qui le nouveau de la classe informatique qui la suit partout ? Elle est toujours avec Kyle, hein ?
PS: As-tu entendu la rumeur du fantôme qui hante le Hall nord ?

Le site de l’éditeur:

[quote=« Becky Cloonan »]After I got Brenden onboard as a co-writer, the three of us started going back and forth and the idea just kind of grew organically of Harry Potter in Gotham. That’s the feeling we want to evoke. And it’s all new characters, which gives us a chance to bring a different flavor. We have a bunch of kids going to boarding school while moving around in this world where all of these superheroes exist.

Some of the inspiration comes from Scott Snyder’s run on « Batman. » He made this whole secret history of Gotham with the Court of Owls and there’s all this stuff about the city we don’t know. We have these kids going to this old boarding school in Gotham and there is all of this history and they can explore it and grow up and find out things about themselves and Gotham.[/quote]


Deux petites vignettes de Gotham Academy #1 illustrées par Karl Kerschl:



Ça a l’air fort sympathique tout ça. Comme toujours, la famille Batman est la mieux lotie. En plus, elle a l’air de regagner un peu de sang neuf avec le départ de Mike Marts et l’arrivée de Mark Doyle aux affaires.

Entre Gotham Academy et Arkham Manor, on risque bien de tomber sur une bonne surprise.

[quote=« Brendan Fletcher »]It’s a different kind of book for the Bat-universe. While it’s really about solving mysteries — just like any other Bat-book, in a way — it’s from the perspective of young people growing up in Gotham.

It takes place in a boarding school, which has on its campus some of the oldest buildings in Gotham City. And as we follow this diverse cast of young women around the campus, exploring these old buildings, exploring these creaky corners of Gotham Academy, we are going to discover connections to things in the Batman universe that you would never expect.

And the way that spirals back into the characters are the plot beats that we’re looking forward to hitting the most. It’s going to be such a great payoff.[/quote]


Etude de personnage, vignette et couverture du numéro 2 par Karl Kerschl :

Source :

Clairement la nouvelle série à suivre pour cette fin d’année.

On dirait une couverture pour les chevaliers du Zodiaque !

Quelques images supplémentaires:


Les premiers membres de l’académie de Gotham présentés par Becky Cloonan:


Les membres de l’académie (encore):


Voici une première page de Gotham Academy #1:


[quote=« Brenden Fletcher »]From that point, they become completely different processes. What Becky and I do is we split up an issue and we try to each write about 10 pages, and we invariably end up rewriting the other person’s pages, so every page of the book has a bit of our flavor in it. It’s a really kind of fun process between us, and Karl actually chimes in and expresses concerns and we end up rewriting a lot of the time because he’s found things that don’t make sense or could make better sense. He calls us on some of our bullshit, and I feel we end up with the best book we possibly could because we’ve got…we have the best editors possible in Mark (Doyle, the Batman Group Editor) and Chris (DC Comics Editor) on Batgirl, and also this great team of internal editors who call each other on what’s not as strong as it could be.

In Batgirl’s case, after we get the story what Cameron and I are doing is really bizarre. It’s something I’ve never done before. He’s doing the layouts, so he’s essentially drawing what the pages will look like and handing that off to Babs, and he’s mostly doing that from our page breakdowns, sort of like…I hesitate to say this but Marvel style of writing. I augment that by kind of pre-dialoguing our scenes based upon our breakdowns. So while he’s to develop the layout of the page, I’m shooting a bunch of specific beats and dialogue to him. Usually more than what will fit on a page. Then we sort of cherry pick it and he comes up with his layout, then it goes to Babs. Then we kind of have a fully dialogued scene, it’s just a matter of prepping the final script to send off for lettering.[/quote]


Art by: Karl Kerschl
Cover by: Karl Kerschl
Variant cover by: Becky Cloonan
Written by: Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan
WELCOME TO GOTHAM ACADEMY! Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange is the students!
U.S. Price: 2.99
On Sale Date: Oct 1 2014[/quote]



[quote]Gotham Academy #2
Story by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Art by Karl Kerschl
Cover by Becky Cloonan
Publisher DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date Wed, November 5th, 2014
Olive joins the creepy Order of the Bat as an afterschool activity, and we learn more about her secret past![/quote]


[quote]Gotham Academy #3
Story by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Art by Karl Kerschl
Colors by Geyser, Msassyk, Serge LaPointe
Letters by Steve Wands
Cover by Karl Kerschl, Becky Cloonan
Publisher DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date Wed, December 3rd, 2014
If you thought getting detention was a pain, just wait till you see detention Gotham Academy-style![/quote]


[quote=« Cloonan »]For the first story arc, Olive is the POV [point of view] character, so everything we do gets pretty dark. Maps is the perfect foil for her. If it ever gets too dark, Maps is there to bring it back into the light. They make a good team – they are like Batman and Robin.

A lot of research and time went into the designs of the « Gotham Academy » uniforms and individual characters[/quote]