Two new unlikely titles are being added to the Batman family of books this October, presumably in honor of Batman’s 75th Anniversary. This news was announced this past Monday by DC via Entertainment Weekly.
First up, we have GOTHAM ACADEMY! This is Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school, and it’s a weird place, complete with spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping in… like Bruce Wayne. But all that pales in comparison to the students, like Olive Silverlock, who may or may not be crazy, and has a creepy mom. She also has a freshman named MAPS following her around everywhere. There may be a ghost in the North Hall also.
“GOTHAM ACADEMY, written by Eisner-Award-nominated artist Becky Cloonan (DEMO) and Brenden Fletcher and illustrated by Karl Kerschl, arrives on October 1st. It’s a new, monthly teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City with new characters and old plus a secret tie to Gotham’s past…”
Next up is ARKHAM MANOR! Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Nova) and Shawn Crystal (Deadpool, Wolverine and the X-Men) pair up to lend their talents to a bold new series based in Arkham Asylum. Inmates are murdered where the most dangerous criminals in the world are housed, and Batman has to determine what lengths he’ll go to in order to see justice served.
Both titles hit shelves in October 2014, so look out for full solicitations coming later this month.