By Sofie Scott-Olsen
Published by DC Comics
Writen by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Art by Jeff Stokely, Jenny Donovan, Clo Chiang, Joy Ang, Vera Brosgol, Sonia Oback
Most people who know me know I’m not the biggest Batman fan.
I know, I’m sorry! See, I love the Batman universe and I love the villains, but the actual character does not interest me at all. I have tried so hard to like him, but he annoys me more often than not. It was because of this that I was very hesitant to read Gotham Academy Endgame. I genuinely didn’t think I would like it. I was proven wrong. Well done, writers and artists. Stories within a story, funny and relatable characters, an interesting plot and stunning artwork, I loved every aspect of this comic.
First, the story. A bunch of students are locked into their school gym to avoid the people outside who have been infected by the Joker virus. If you’re not sure what this is, I’d recommend reading Batman Eternal #39 (where the Endgame arc starts), but to sum it up quickly, the Joker has infected the people of Gotham with a virus that makes them like him.
Now, some of the students are sitting in a tent and decide to start telling ghost stories around their lantern (ah, childhood memories. I want s’mores now… Sigh). Each story is about someone who resembles the Joker in some way, being cursed to smile or grin in different creepy ways. It’s a lot scarier than it sounds, I promise. The girls’ teacher even joins in on the story-telling, best teacher ever! I’m a horror fan so this idea of telling creepy stories whilst locked into a dark school really appealed to me, and I was not disappointed.
Which leads me on to my second point, the artwork. Holy missing Batman. Each story the children and teacher tell is presented with a different style of artwork. I don’t want to spoil what these are, but the blend of fantasy-esque art and cartoon-style just blew my mind. I was never left bored or uninterested. Absolutely stunning, and the originality of presenting each story differently was quite unexpected, and definitely adds to the spooky setting of the storyline. I am so happy with this comic, I can’t even describe.
Finally, a Batman comic I can get into! Sorry again, Batman fans, I come in peace! Anyone who likes Batman, and even those who don’t, should buy this and give it a read. I definitely will and trust me, I’m going to read this over and over; I loved it so much. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Good storyline, fun read, intriguing artwork, there’s something for everyone. Also, if you’re thinking ‘I don’t like scary or creepy things’ then don’t worry, it won’t terrify you, might give you some shivers, but nothing you can’t recover from. It’d be worth it anyway.