Today brings us the final chapter of Gotham Academy's "Yearbook" ARC as Maps and Olive are put to the test as they try to assemble the perfect yearbook. The result? An issue filled with entertaining variety. In case you weren't aware, Gotham Academy #17 includes three separate tales from different creators, all while Maps and Olive do a narration/quest of their own.
The first is called This One's For You, written by Brenden Fletcher, with art by Annie Wu, and colors by Serge Lapointe. I like the fact that Brenden brought in one of his other characters to the Gotham Academy world. It's always nice to see Black Canary.
The sweetest part about this story is the fact that Pomeline is serenaded by a Gotham Academy dropout who tours with Black Canary. The short mostly focuses on his interactions with students, but I really enjoyed how Pomeline was tied in. The script flowed nicely.
Next up is A Familiar Story, written and illustrated by Michael Dialynas. This wasn't my favorite out of the three stories, but it is entertaining. A giant cat-like monster makes an appearance, and scares the heck out of Maps and Olive.
Last, but certainly not least is What Became of the Gilkey Warlocks, written and illustrated by David Petersen. I've been dying to read this short, and I'm happy to report that it satisfied my thoughts on what I hoped it would be. It has that awesome Harry Potter feel that Gotham Academy had when the first issue released. The characters are authentic, and the art is just as beautiful as Mouse Guard. Dear David Petersen, draw more people.
Overall, I absolutely love that the Gotham Academy creative team did this. Comics like Munchkin and Mouse Guard, who mix up artists, writers, for special issues provide readers with a diversity that is fulfilling on so many levels. My hope is that this will lead to more special issues of Gotham Academy! Be sure to pick up Gotham Academy #17 today!