|GOTHAM ACADEMY #8||DC COMICS|
|ARTIST: KARL KERSCHL||WRITERS: BECKY CLOONAN & BRENDEN FLETCHER|
|COLORISTS: SERGE LAPOINTE AND MICHELLE ASSARASAKORN||LETTERER: STEVE WANDS|
Tone is a hard thing to nail. It’s one of the most necessary parts of good fiction: if you can’t make a sad scene feel sad or a happy scene feel happy, then nobody will be able to get invested in what you’re creating. In many forms of fiction, nailing that tone is also a team effort. Bad acting can ruin what’s supposed to be the biggest moment in a film, for example. That’s how Gotham Academy #8’s greatest flaw kicks in. In the aftermath of Sybil Silverlock’s death, Karl Kerschl and colorists Serge LaPointe and Michelle Assarasakorn provide us a dreary, somber setting fitting for the funeral that occurs wherein. But that setting contradicts the lighter, more romance-focused story, which misuses the grieving Olive and makes the issue seem clunky and misguided.